The Cowboys are scheduled to report to training camp in San Antonio on Wednesday and begin practicing Thursday inside the Alamodome. Im not a big fan of the Alamodome for trainign camp....get em out in the heat, make em sweat, that makes or breaks you now, and it will shoe up in November, December and hopefully through until February!
The NFL Players Association has approved the terms of a deal to end the 4 1/2-month lockout, with the players voting unanimously for the new collective bargaining agreement.
The Cowboys are scheduled to report to San Antonio on Wednesday for physicals, meetings and conditioning. The team's first practice in pads wouldn't come until the weekend, according to the terms of the new CBA.
Equipment trucks, originally scheduled to leave for San Antonio last Friday, have finally left Valley Ranch.
"Teams are going to have a lot on their plates, handling practice, free agency, negotiations, but that's part of the process," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said. "My perspective is to go into camp, work at your craft and all that will work itself out. You're hopeful that you can get the best team in place."
The NFL announced Monday that teams can go to a 90-man roster, and the official free-agent list was distributed to teams. Trading begins Tuesday, and teams started to reach agreements with undrafted free agents late Monday. At 3 p.m. Thursday, teams can begin to cut players.
The Cowboys need safety help but might not be as active during the free-agent frenzy simply because they're about $18 million over the expected $120 million salary cap. Though NFL teams can borrow a $3 million credit against this year's salary cap, the Cowboys will need to restructure contracts (with Tony Romo , DeMarcus Ware and Miles Austin as prime targets) and release players (RB Marion Barber is likely one gone). That will put them in better position to resign their own free agents (LT Doug Free at the top of the list) and be more aggressive in the open market.
In other words, get ready for a chaotic week of rumors and roster moves.
The Cowboys' first preseason game is scheduled for Aug. 11 against Denver at Cowboys Stadium but could be pushed back a few days to give both teams more practices. If the first practice is indeed Thursday that would give the Cowboys at least 15 full days of practices before their first preseason game.
The Cowboys released their training camp plans Monday following the official end of the 4 1/2-month NFL lockout. Here’s a look at the details:
Location: Alamodome in San Antonio
Report to site: Players arrive Wednesday for meetings and physicals, starting with the rookies in the morning.
First practice: Thursday
Daily practice schedule: Walk-throughs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and contact practices from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. There are no morning walk-through sessions scheduled for Sunday and Aug. 7. The first three practices, according to new league rules, will be without pads.
Return to Dallas: Cowboys break camp Aug. 10.
Preseason opener: Vs. Denver at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at Cowboys Stadium.
After the Denver game: Resume preseason practices Aug. 13 at Cowboys Stadium.