Cowboys News: Tyron Smith wants to stay, Jimmy Johnson ‘back in the fold’ with team

One of the anchors of the Cowboys locker room apparently would prefer not to sail away quite yet. We’ve got the latest on what Tyron Smith’s thinking as he prepares to hit free agency. And in another massive homecoming, two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Jimmy Johnson says he’s “back in the fold” with the Cowboys. Find out what that means for the latest member of the Ring of Honor.

Elsewhere, we’re looking ahead to 2024 at some key positions- namely, what Eric Scott and Asim Richards can bring in their second seasons, what the tight end room might look like behind its new clear leader, and what Micah Parsons told the boss the defense needs. Also, one league analyst has a suggestion for giving the Cowboys a big piece of the puzzle… but what would they have to give up? All that, plus gauging the size of the Super Bowl window in Dallas, guesses on the final salary cap number, what Detroit is doing to make this year’s draft a safe and secure event, and football media members bid farewell to a much-loved one of their own.

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Veteran OT Tyron Smith isn’t thinking of retirement, wants Cowboys return for 2024 | Dallas Morning News


The longest-tenured Cowboys player wants to come back for 2024. Smith is 33, is set to become a free agent, and is always something of a health concern. But sources close to the eight-time Pro Bowler say he has no plans to retire and would prefer not to change teams.

Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson 'back in the fold' with Cowboys, Jerry Jones after Ring of Honor add | CBS Sports


The newly-inducted Ring of Honor coach reports that he’s now on Jerry Jones’s advisory board. “We were talking on the phone for about an hour after his Green Bay loss, and he was talking about what all he needed to do because he had big decisions on Mike McCarthy and Dan Quinn and Dak Prescott,” he told Miami’s WQAM 560 AM. “Everything is hunky-dory now. I am back in the fold with the Cowboys.”

Cowboys' Micah Parsons told Jerry Jones exactly what the Dallas defense needs | Cowboys Wire


Over a lengthy luxury-box visit in Las Vegas, the edge rusher spelled out a shopping list for his boss to consider this offseason. Pointing to the teams that made the conference championships, Parsons said the Dallas defense needs “another bigger linebacker who’s going to come downhill” and a “nasty” 300-pound defensive tackle who can wreak havoc inside the way the Chiefs’ Chris Jones did in Super Bowl LVIII.

Ex Jets GM proposes trade for Cowboys receiver | Jets Country


Mike Tannenbaum thinks both teams would walk away improved if the Cowboys sent wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Jets in exchange for C.J. Mosley. The 31-year-old Mosley was the team’s leading tackler and graded out as PFF’s sixth-best linebacker last year.

Former draft pick Eric Scott could find new life under Cowboys’ Mike Zimmer | Cowboys Wire


The sixth-round pick in last year’s draft left many scratching their heads, especially given the way Dallas aggressively moved up to get him as their pick. He basically sat out 2023 on a redshirt season, but the Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator does love a big, physical CB who can play man, play the ball, and make tackles in space. That’s Scott. He could make a move up the depth chart in the new regime.

Open Market: Top options for Cowboys TE insurance | The Mothership


Pro Bowler Jake Ferguson is obviously TE1 in Dallas. But behind him? That’s up for debate. Luke Schoonmaker is still raw and finding his sea legs. Expect a battle between Peyton Hendershot and John Stephens Jr. this summer; Sean McKeon is a question mark with free agency looming. Veteran options could include Mike Gesicki, Hunter Henry, and Austin Hooper.

Asim Richards' versatility could mean an intriguing future with Cowboys | Cowboys Wire


The prospect, thought to be a Day 3 steal, likely heads into his second camp as the team’s reserve lineman and could have a shot at securing the role of backup tackle. The fact that he can play multiple positions will only help him as the Dallas front five potentially undergoes some changes.

NFL's eight biggest Super Bowl windows right now? Chiefs, Lions and Ravens top list; don't sleep on Jets |


Bucky Brooks believes the Cowboys have the fourth-biggest championship window right now, behind Kansas City, Detroit, and Baltimore (in order). There will likely be a real sense of urgency this year for Mike McCarthy, and Mike Zimmer’s old-school cultural shift should help Dallas apply more force in win-or-go-home games.

Salary cap is poised to be as much as $243 million per team — and maybe higher | ProFootballTalk


While the final cap number for 2024 will likely be revealed soon, some sources are pinning it to be “in the neighborhood” of $242 to $243 million. But another insider who’s been right about such things in the past says it’ll be closer to $250 million.

NFL, Detroit confident 2024 draft will be safe, despite Chiefs Super Bowl parade shooting | The Athletic


This year’s draft is April 25-27 in Detroit, where events will be held in an area around Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza. City and league officials say they’ve been working on safety preparations for months. The draft and its ancillary activities typically take place within a secure perimeter that requires fans to enter through security checkpoints, which include metal detectors and bag checks. That will be no different in Detroit.

Remembering Mark Lane, our beloved friend and colleague | Touchdown Wire


The NFL Wires community lost an important family member over the weekend. Whichever team you root for, the coverage was no doubt made better by Mark Lane and the countless writers he touched over the years with his generosity, his sense of humor, his uncanny recall of stats and football history, and his tireless work ethic.

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