The NFL is about to come down hard on Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones

Sports NFL Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could have to pay hefty legal fees for supporting Ezekiel Elliott’s fight to avoid a six-game suspension and threatening to derail the contract extension of Commissioner Roger Goodell. According to the Associated Press, a source familiar with the matter has suggested the NFL was exploring the options of getting over $2m in reimbursement from Jones. A number of other owners have been consulted, the source said.  Dallas Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones. Getty Images Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now In August last year, the NFL suspended Elliott for six games over allegations of domestic violence after one of the running back’s ex-girlfriends claimed he had abused her five times. But Jones insisted the Illinois-native should not be penalized as the incident predated his entry in the NFL and, according to ESPN, he also tried to influence one of the league’s top investigators. While Elliott was not arrested or charged by prosecutors, the NFL argued his ex-girlfriend’s statement and the pictures of the injuries he allegedly inflicted on her were more than enough to justify the suspension. Jones, however, stood by the running back throughout his six-game ban—even when the latter took his case to the federal court, where he eventually saw his appeal denied. At the same time, the Cowboys owner was a non-voting member of the league’s compensation committee and tried to convince a number of NFL owners the terms of the proposed extension for Goodell should be less generous than what was being proposed. Despite knowing only 12% of Goodell’s salary was guaranteed, while the rest would be contingent on him meeting a series of financial targets, Jones continued to argue the commissioner was being overpaid. In November, soon after Elliott exhausted his appeal, the 75-year-old the hired high-profile lawyer David Boies and announced Continue Reading

What are the Dallas Cowboys’ odds to win next year’s Super Bowl?

The Dallas Cowboys were among the darlings of Vegas oddsmakers a year ago. Most pegged them as favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LII. That didn’t happen, of course. Instead, NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles became the darlings of the league and earned the organization’s first Super Bowl championship with a thrilling 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday. As the Eagles and Philadelphia plan their celebrations, the rest of the football world looks ahead to next year. And the early signs indicate a hint of skepticism for the Cowboys going into 2018. The Cowboys have 24-to-1 odds to win Super Bowl LIII next season, according to That’s tied for the eighth-best odds in the league. The favorties? None other than the runner ups of this season, the Patriots, who are pegged at 7-to-1 even though the futures of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Rob Gronkowski hang in the balance. The reigning champion Eagles have the second-best odds at 10-to-1 followed by the Pittsburgh Steelers (14/1), Los Angeles Rams (15/1) and Minnesota Vikings (16/1). The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints are each at 19-to-1. Then enter the Cowboys that are in a group of three with 24-to-1 odds along with the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons. The Cowboys’ other NFC East rivals are relative long shots with the Washington Redskins (64/1) and New York Giants (74/1) checking in among the bottom 10. The biggest long shots, as expected, are the Cleveland Browns. The Browns completed an 0-16 season and have 124-to-1 odds to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the end of next season. A look at all the odds to win Super Bowl LIII: New England Patriots: 7/1 Philadelphia Eagles: 10/1 Pittsburgh Steelers: 14/1 Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Los Angeles Rams: 15/1 Minnesota Vikings: 16/1 Green Bay Packers: 19/1 New Orleans Saints: 19/1 Houston Texans: 24/1 Atlanta Falcons: 24/1 Dallas Cowboys: 24/1 Carolina Panthers: 29/1 Continue Reading

Will Walls, Owens be the next Dallas Cowboys to enter Hall of Fame?

There are 18 finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and two are former Dallas Cowboys. The Class of 2018 will be announced Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn, site of Super Bowl LII. Among the group is former Cowboys stars Everson Walls and Terrell Owens. Walls is a finalist for the first time in 20 years of eligibility. Owens is a finalist for the third time in three years of eligibility. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent during the annual selection meeting. The most recent representative from the Cowboys to enter the Hall of Fame was owner Jerry Jones, who was enshrined in the contributor’s category in the Class of 2017. Here are the Class of 2018 finalists: @Bobby Beathard Career: General Manager/Personnel Administrator – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers Notable: Integral part of Miami’s two Super Bowl teams. Built two Super Bowl champion teams with the Washington Redskins. Guided Chargers to franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance. In all, Beathard’s teams advanced to seven Super Bowls and won four. Tony Boselli Career: Tackle, 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars Notable: Voted to five consecutove Pro Bowls (1997-2001). Named first-team All-Pro three consecutive seasons. #Robert Brazile Career: Linebacker, 1975-1984 Houston Oilers Related stories from Fort Worth Star Telegram Notable: All-Pro five consecutive seasons (1976-1980). Selected to seven Pro Bowls. Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1970s. Isaac Bruce Career: Wide Receiver, 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers Notable: All-Pro in 1999. Selected to four Pro Bowls. Career statistics of 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards (second most at the time) and 91 touchdowns. Brian Dawkins Career: Safety, 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos Notable: All Pro five times Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys kick returner Ryan Switzer named to all-rookie team

Dallas Cowboys kick returner Ryan Switzer was selected to the 2017 All-Rookie team, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). Switzer also had six catches for 41 yards, four rushes for 5 yards and averaged 25 yards on kickoff returns with a long of 61. Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing yards, was selected rookie of the year and co-offensive rookie of the year. New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara, who led all rookies with 14 total touchdowns, tied with Hunt for co-offensive rookie of the year. It is the first tie for offensive rookie of the year honors since 1988. New Orleans cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who led all rookies with five interceptions, was selected as the defensive rookie of the year. 2017 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Offense QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie) T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints Defense DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints Special Teams PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals Offense QB – Tom Brady, Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin named to PFWA All-NFL team

Dallas Cowboys guard Zack Martin was named to the 2017 All-NFL team, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). Martin was selected to the All-NFL team for the third consecutive season. Also on Monday, the PFWA also announced the All-AFC and All-NFC teams. Cowboys defensive DeMarcus Lawrence joined Martin on the All-NFC Team. Offense QB – Tom Brady, New England Patriots RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers; Todd Gurley, Los Angeles Rams WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers&; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots C – Jason Kelce, Philadelphia Eagles G – David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers; Zack Martin, Dallas Cowboys# T – Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles; Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams Defense DE – Calais Campbell, Jacksonville Jaguars; Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints DT – Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams#; Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles OLB – Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals; Von Miller, Denver Broncos& MLB – Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks* CB – Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville Jaguars; Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings S – Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans; Harrison Smith, Minnesota Vikings Special Teams PK – Greg Zuerlein, Los Angeles Rams P – Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams# KR – Pharoh Cooper, Los Angeles Rams PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals * - repeat selection from 2016 # - consecutive selections from 2015-17 & - consecutive selections from 2014-17 Offense QB – Tom Brady, New England Patriots& RB – Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers*; Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs WR – Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers+; DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans TE – Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots C – Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh Steelers G – David DeCastro, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboy Josh Brent released from jail, says he’s ‘trying to deal’ with best friend Jerry Brown’s death

IRVING, Texas — Josh Brent and Jerry Brown met in college, forming a close, unshakeable bond. Having realized his NFL dream, Brent was trying to help his roommate do the same. But Brent wasn't starting on Dallas' defensive line when the Cowboys kicked off in Cincinnati on Sunday. He was in jail, accused of driving drunk and causing a fatal accident that killed Brown, an expectant father who had just landed a spot on the Cowboys practice squad. EARLIER: COWBOYS PRACTICE SQUAD LB JERRY BROWN KILLED ON ONE-CAR ACCIDENT, TEAMMATE JOSH BRENT ARRESTED  About an hour after the grieving Cowboys secured an emotional 20-19 victory over the Bengals on the final play, a barefooted Brent walked slowly out of the jail in the Dallas suburb of Irving after his release on $500,000 bond. Surrounded by camera crews and reporters, Brent had several patches of missing hair and a bandage wrapped about his right hand. "Jerry Brown was my very best friend, and I'm just trying to deal with his death right now," Brent said, stopping briefly when asked if he had anything to say to Brown's family. He didn't answer any other questions. Brent, a 6-foot-5-inch, 320-pound nose guard, was arrested at the scene of the accident Saturday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, a charge upped to intoxication manslaughter after the 25-year-old Brown died.   AP   Jerry Brown, shown above in an Indianapolis Colts uniform, died early Saturday in a car crash. Brent, who was driving, is facing an intoxication manslaughter charge.  Attorney George Milner complained that Brent's bond was set "16 times higher than it would have been for anybody that doesn't play for the Dallas Cowboys." "He is torn up," Milner said. "It's not a good moment for anyone. I'm going to take him home. He needs family around him." Brown had promised his family that he would play professional football full time, his grandmother said. "He lived for football," Continue Reading

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan ruled out of St. Louis Rams job

Five minutes? Maybe Rob Ryan needs to get his watch checked. Rex Ryan’s equally-outspoken brother — who crowed that he’d be out of work for “five minutes” after he was given the boot by the Cowboys — is looking for work again. Days after Ryan reportedly landed the Rams defensive coordinator position, St. Louis has had a change of heart. "After extensive conversations regarding defensive philosophy, the Rams and Rob Ryan agreed he was not the right fit for the DC position," the Rams announced on their Twitter feed Tuesday. According to USA Today, Ryan's penchant for 3-4 defenses made him an incompatible fit with Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who prefers the 4-3 strategy in order to bring out the best in linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive ends Chris Long and Robert Quinn, as well as defensive tackle Michael Brockers. Ryan spent the past two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys before being fired on Jan. 8. At the time, he assured ESPN Dallas that "I'll be out of work for like five minutes." Exactly three weeks and one failed job attempt later, he's still looking for a new gig. His latest setback could renew the possibility of a family reunion with Rex in the NY Jets. Earlier this month, the Daily News reported that Rob was being considered as a replacement for Bob Sutton, Gang Green's linebacker coach who left to take the Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator job. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Miami Dolphins will not go winless, as they finally get a victory over Kansas City Chiefs

When we saw that Vinny from “Jersey Shore” was actually at Columbia this week to deliver a lecture to a sociology class, two thoughts jumped to mind: one, the world is coming to an end far sooner than the Mayan calendar had predicted and, two, if Vinny can achieve Ivy League adjunct professor status, why can’t the Dolphins win a flippin’ game? DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY I LOVE YOU, BUT... Danielle, the wife of Bills running back Fred Jackson, is a fantasy football player so guess who she selected with her first pick in her draft? Right, Michael Vick. Her second-rounder was Michael Turner with DeSean Jackson coming in the third round. With hubby Fred still out there waiting to be plucked, Danielle spent her fourth-round pick on Dallas Clark. She finally landed Fred with her fifth-round pick, and after Sunday’s two-fumble performance against the Jets, maybe Danielle was wise to wait. Of course if we were Fred, the two words Danielle would be hearing come Christmas? Cubic zirconia. NUMBERS GAME Sunday the Skins managed a TD with 1:10 left in the fourth quarter on a Beck-to-Jabar Gaffney toss which was their first TD in seven quarters - or first in their last 25 possessions, whichever sounds worse — as they dropped their fourth straight and fifth in their last six. The Skins are off to Miami next week in a game sure to set the sport back 50 years. But with games left against the Cowboys, Jets, Patriots, Giants and Eagles still to come, Shanahan needs to find himself a real quarterback and soon. LIKE A ROCK SHOWING THEIR STRIPES We’re just saying. MONDAY NIGHT MATCHUP HEROESZEROES Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Week 7 NFL Bettor’s Guide: Expect the Kansas City Chiefs to put together a masterpiece vs. Jaguars

It's that time of the week again and our experts try to break down all the odds for your Sunday spreads and odds. Check out Sean Brennan's guide to get you through the weekend a winner. FOR THE RECORDLAST WEEK: 6-7-1OVERALL: 32-54-4 THIS WEEK'S BEST BETSEASON BEST BETS: 2-4 *** GIANTS at COWBOYSBRENNAN'S BEAUTIES: If the Cowboys' playoff dreams aren't dead yet, they are most definitely on life support, and this is the Giants' chance to pull the plug. Big Blue comes into the game with the NFC's top-rated defense that has limited opponents to just 264.8 yards a game. Thanks to Osi Umenyiora, who has seven sacks and six forced fumbles in his last three games, the Giants are tied for first in sacks (21). None of this is welcome news for Tony Romo. The 'Boys offense is ranked fourth, but a slew of penalties (Dallas' 62 flags are the second worst in the league) has short-circuited many a scoring drive. The Cowboys, however, will clinch something with a loss here - their worst start since 1989, when they went 0-8 en route to a 1-15 season. Still, Jerry Jones continues to be a glass half-full guy. "I believe in these guys," he said. "We can make all the things happen that we wanted to do this year." Maybe his glass was half-full with gin.IF I WERE A BETTING MAN: Giants and the under. BENGALS at FALCONSBRENNAN'S BEAUTIES: So poor misunderstood Eliot Spitzer is barred from the Harvard Club apparently because of his old "Black Socks" scandal. Doesn't the elbow patch-wearing crowd have a flippin' sense of humor? Sadly, Bengals fans, I think I have a better chance of hosting a raucous game of beer pong at the Harvard Club than the Bengals do of knocking off Matt Ryan and the Dirty Birds. Since his rookie season, Matty Ice is a cool 14-1 at home. Couple that with the fact that Cincy's supposed explosive offense has yet to show even a spark. The Bengals, who have lost six of their last seven on the road, will also be without DE Antwan Odom, who will sit Continue Reading

Buffalo Bills turn to former Dallas Cowboys coach Chan Gailey to try and end playoff drought

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Chan Gailey was hired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, getting a second chance to prove himself as an NFL coach and inheriting a team that has missed the playoffs for 10 straight years. Gailey was introduced by general manager Buddy Nix at a new conference which ended a two-month search to replace Dick Jauron, who was fired in November. Gailey takes over a team that finished 6-10 and becomes the Bills' fifth coach since Marv Levy retired after the 1997 season. Gailey has spent 15 of his 38 years of coaching in the NFL. In his two years coaching the Dallas Cowboys, he went 18-14 and led the team to consecutive playoff appearances - both losses. He was dismissed after the 1999 season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged his mistake in firing Gailey. The 58-year-old Gailey acknowledged he didn't know if he'd get another opportunity to be a head coach again. "If you sit there and say you lose confidence in yourself, no you don't. But then you see opportunities go by. And you hope that your body of work will speak for itself," Gailey said. For Nix, it was Gailey's extensive background that impressed him and met most of the criteria the GM set out when he took over the search two weeks ago. Nix was eager to find someone with previous head-coaching experience and an offensive background. "This guy met more of the criteria than I thought we could find," Nix said. "And this guy's won everywhere he's been. ... He'll get us back to winning and get to where we want to go." Gailey said he intends to serve as the team's offensive coordinator, and is now assembling a staff. Gailey has been out of football since he was removed as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator in August, two weeks before the season opener. He was entering his second season with Kansas City after a six-year stretch as Georgia Tech's coach, during which he went 44-33 before being fired in 2007. The Bills hit several bumps during their coaching search. They spoke Continue Reading