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OTAs could mark Doug Free deadline

May, 15, 2013
GRAPEVINE, Texas – While the Cowboys claim there is no hard and fast deadline surrounding the talks on a pay cut with right tackle Doug Free, the team has to take into account the possibility of injury as organized team activities start next week.

While the practices are non-contact, it marks the first time in the offseason during which the offense and defense go against each other on the field. San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Tuesday’s practice and could miss the season.

Before a rule change, teams would keep players they intended to cut on June 1 away from the offseason program to avoid injury, but teams can now designate two players as post-June 1 cuts prior to that date. If Free were to suffer an injury working out or in practice, the Cowboys would be on the hook for his $7 million base salary.

“I think we’re on the same page with (Free’s agent Jimmy Sexton) and Doug as far as the timing,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said.

Jones said there was nothing new to report regarding the talks with Sexton. Free is set to count $10.02 million against the cap and a new deal would create potentially as much as $6 million in cap room. The Cowboys could use the extra space to sign linebacker Sean Lee to a new deal. Lee is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
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“It meant absolutely nothing,” Romo’s agent, R.J. Gonser said.

Both sides knew of the language in Romo’s deal that would not have voided the quarterback’s contract in time for the club to use the franchise tag next March. From a practical standpoint, the Cowboys would not have been able to place the tag on Romo even if they were able to do so because it could have cost between $26-28 million next year.

Gonser has worked with Romo since 2003 and became his agent within the last two years. This was his first deal as a lead negotiator, but he deflected praise to the team at Creative Artists Agency, including fellow agents, Jimmy Sexton, Ben Dogra and Tom Condon.

“Our team here is involved in every facet of it,” Gonser said. “Everybody’s on the same page. We throw out ideas. It’s the best practices. It’s not who’s got all the answers.”

Abram Elam hires CAA's Tom Condon

February, 24, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – If the Cowboys want to re-sign Abram Elam to a new contract this offseason, they now know which agent is representing the veteran safety.

Elam has hired CAA’s Tom Condon as his representative after parting ways with Drew Rosenhaus late last season.

Condon, along with fellow agents Ben Dogra, Jimmy Sexton and Ken Kremer, represent a number of Cowboys, including Tony Romo, Terence Newman, Jason Witten and Doug Free.

Elam signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys last year worth $2.5 million, including a $1.8 million signing bonus. Elam started every game in 2011 and finished second on the team in tackles with 79. He had four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

The Cowboys handed Gerald Sensabaugh a five-year contract extension late last season, however, they added Jerome Henderson as secondary coach, which could help in Elam’s return. Elam played for Henderson in Cleveland before joining the Cowboys.

Condon said he has not spoken with the Cowboys about a new deal.