IRVING, Texas -- While some Cowboys trickled into Valley Ranch over the last few days, including Miles Austin and Igor Olshansky, who have money tied to offseason workouts, the NFL has decided to open its doors at 7 a.m. Friday
It could be a short-lived end to the lockout depending on the appeal process, but the coaches can talk to the players and hand them playbooks and game film. The film is a plus because the players know the schedule and can begin to look in earnest at teams like the New York Jets and San Francisco.
Injured players, such as wide receivers Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree and tight end John Phillips, can resume treatment from the team’s medical staff. Since the lockout players have had to work out and receive treatment on their own and at their own cost.
Most importantly for Jason Garrett, he could schedule a mini-camp next week if he wanted. Usually teams hold rookie mini-camps the week following the draft, but some include veterans. Because Garrett is a new coach, the Cowboys will have access to an extra mini-camp, per league rules. Could Garrett take advantage of the lifted lockout?
If he did, then that would be a good thing for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who is installing a new defense. Ryan had meetings with defensive players before the lockout.
The NFL expects to release a memo on Friday about the beginning of the league year, which will signal the beginning of free agency. While agents have called the Cowboys since the recent ruling, the league has prevented teams from actively negotiating deals. The memo is also expected to deal with prospects of making trades and other moves.