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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Breakfast links: Skins change course

By ESPN.com staff

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys signed safety Abram Elam to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, reuniting him with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Ryan should move Jay Ratliff back to defensive end, his natural position, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Mac Engel.

Demarcus Ware responded to criticism from NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, who recently said Ware is "not going to lead a pack of ants to a picnic in his own back yard," saying, "I saw [Sapp's comments], but I'm getting ready for the season, so it really didn't bother me."

New York Giants

Tight end Kevin Boss was in Oakland Wednesday working out for the Raiders, who are scrambling to replace Zach Miller.

The New York Post's Paul Schwartz looks at the escalating feud between Osi Umenyiora and the Giants.

After signing a two-year incentive-laden contract, Mathias Kiwanuka may become more important to the team with Umenyiora’s status in jeopardy.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles reached out and made a one-year contract offer to Randy Moss -- after he had filed his retirement papers.

While the Eagles' splashier signings get all the attention, it could be the lower-profile additions -- Ryan Harris, Ronnie Brown, Evan Mathis and Johnnie Lee Higgins -- that have the bigger impact on Eagles, writes the Inquirer's Bob Ford.

Why did Ronnie Brown choose the Eagles? Brown: "It's not so much the financial standpoint. It's more about winning and putting myself in a situation where I'd be on a team that made [winning] a priority."

Washington Redskins

The Redskins have changed course and avoided the splashy moves they made in past seasons. "I hope we're the most boringest team in the whole NFL," Brian Orakpo said.

Barry Cofield is ready to take on his new role as a nose tackle in the 3-4 scheme.