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Monday, March 21, 2011
Lockout: Voluntary workouts can't begin

By Calvin Watkins

NEW ORLEANS -- The lockout between the players and owners has haulted league business.

Things are so bad agents can't talk with NFL teams.

And with a lockout it means the voluntary offseason workouts can't begin.

The Cowboys would have started voluntary workouts today at Valley Ranch. Normally the four-month program has players come in four days per week. Players can schedule their workouts anytime during the week. A player can choose to come in Wednesday-Saturday or Monday-Thursday.

There are four Cowboys players who get paid for the offseason workouts: DeMarcus Ware ($500,000), Igor Olshansky ($100,000), Jon Kitna ($100,000) and Keith Brooking ($100,000) must attend a certain percentage of the workouts to receive the extra bonus.

The Cowboys have had few issues with players not being in shape or attending workouts. Many players work out on their own in various places across the country prior to the Valley Ranch sessions.

In the past, strength and conditioning coach Joe Juraszek and his staff ran the workouts, but now that he's left the organazatoin, Mike Woicik is taking over.