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Wade ends pro bowl practice saying “1-2-3-cowboys”

Habits are tough to break. At the close of the NFC practice Wade Phillips called the players together for a breakdown and said, “One, two, three, Cowboys,” much to the chagrin of the players that don’t wear a star on their helmet.

“You can’t go wrong with that,” said wide receiver Miles Austin , one of eight Cowboys in the Pro Bowl . “That’s an ideal breakdown. It was pretty funny though.”

Owens Believes QBs Kept Him From Reaching Rice’s Records

Terrell Owens believes he coulda been the greatest … if only he had better quarterbacks.Never mind that T.O.’s starting QBs were all multi-Pro Bowlers, at least until he was banished to Buffalo after he couldn’t get along with his (sniff) quarterback in Dallas.”I know hands-down I’d be close to Jerry Rice’s records if I had been with quality quarterbacks like he had,” T.O. told USA Today. “He had Joe Montana and he finished with Steve Young. That wasn’t a dropoff.

“Say I had been with a guy like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Drew Brees all of my career. Are you kidding me?”

T.O., who is 7,944 yards and 53 touchdowns behind Rice on the all-time receiving lists, made these comments as his previous two quarterbacks were preparing to play in the Pro Bowl along with their No. 1 receivers.

Tony Romo missed T.O. so much that he set a franchise record for passing yards this season.

Cutting Roy Williams
This is why you don’t cut him. Here are his contract details: Signed a six-year, $54 million contract. The deal contains $26.6085 million guaranteed, including a $10 million option bonus in the second year. 2010: $3,452,629 (+ $9.5 million guaranteed option bonus), 2011: $5,109,971, 2012: $6.802 million, 2013: $8.498 million (Voidable Years), 2014: $9 million, 2015: Free Agent

His $9.5 million is already guaranteed for 2010. His salary for 2011 and 2012 is realtively reasonable–2013 and 2014 are voidable and unless he lives up to his promise he will be gone then, not now. There is no reason to cut him in an uncapped year.

Cutting Barber makes sense for Cowboys
January, 27, 2010
Jan 27
By Tim MacMahon

The case to cut Marion Barber is simple: The Cowboys can get similar production from Tashard Choice for a fraction of the price.

Jerry Jones told reporters at the Senior Bowl that money won’t be a determining factor on whether Barber will be backnext season. We’ll see if the owner feels the same way when it comes time to give Barber, who is due a base salary of $3.8 million, a $4 million roster bonus this spring. (UPDATE: I’m told that bonus is guaranteed, so getting rid of Barber makes about half as much sense as I thought.)

This isn’t about bashing Barber, whose production has dropped drastically since he signed a seven-year, $45 million deal and became the Cowboys’ starter. If it was, we’d point out that he’s injury prone and disturbingly ineffective in short-yardage situations for a back whose game is based on power.

The Cowboys would be foolish not to make Felix Jones the lead horse in 2010. Choice is more than capable of serving as a complementary back, and unlike Barber, he’d fill that role at a reasonable price. The Cowboys can draft another back in the middle rounds to play special teams and back up Jones and Choice.

Choice’s opportunities haven’t come often, but he’s proven the Cowboys can count on him.

There have been nine games in which Choice got at least eight carries over the last two seasons. In those games, he rushed for 631 yards (5.0 per carry) and five touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 258 yards.

In other words, when given a chance, Choice has been better than Barber.

The dollars aren’t the only reasons it makes sense for the Cowboys to move on without Barber.

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