Opening Day: Smith a Cowboy, Bowen A Redskin


Update, 5:53 — Session one is in the books.  Lots to report, in about 40-45 minutes. 

Update II: OT Tyron Smith has signed his contract.

Update:  DE Stephen Bowen has signed a mega-deal with the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  Five years, $27.5 million total, $12.5 million guaranteed.  Good business for him.  Not so good for Dallas.

Day three of the free agent free-for-all sees Dallas still looking for its first outside buy, after re-signing Doug Free and Kyle Kosier.

One target, Eric Weddle, signed for a bundle yesterday, a figure surely out of Dallas’ budgetary confines.   This morning, I’m seeing reports that DE Cullen Jenkins is closing in on a deal with the Redskins.   Nothing is confirmed, but Washington traded Albert Haynesworth to the Patriots today, so they have a cavity on their defensive line.

Dallas appears to be shopping in the manner of free agent windows past, letting the first wave of crazy deals go down before stepping in and looking for mid-level and lower-ticket bargains.   No Nnamdi Asomughas.  No Johnathan Josephs.  We may see the Cowboys pursue a decent guard, but meat-and-potatoes picks appear to be on Dallas’ shopping list.

— Trades!  We’re seeing trades under this new CBA.  The Saints have dealt Reggie Bush to the Dolphins, pending Bush agreeing to terms.

— Veteran cuts become official at 3:01 pm this afternoon.  This is your last chance to offer parting words to Marc Colombo, Marion Barber, Leonard Davis and Roy Williams.

Today and going forward:   I’m attending all the full pads practices in the San Antonio run.  Will have the full, big write-ups within an hour of the practice’s end.   I also plan to hold Facebook chats every evening from 7-8 pm CT.  Look for Cowboys Nation there and join the fun.