Brandon Carr took a cut in his base salary to $4.25 million. That move helped make the Cowboys' decision to draft Ezekiel Elliott a little easier.
Point guard Deron Williams plans to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com.
Craig Custance ESPN Senior Writer
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock says both captains in this series - David Backes and Jamie Benn - are underappreciated.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
Deron Williams intends to opt out of the second season of his contract with the Mavericks, sources told ESPN.com. Williams, 31, who could have made $5.6 million next season, plans to seek a multi-year deal that could be the final contract of his career, the sources said. There will be mutual interest in his return to Dallas after he averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists this season. "I would love to be back," Williams said during exit interviews this week. "This was a great year for me. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back." Williams, a native of the Dallas area, needs surgery to repair the sports hernia that caused him to miss most of the Mavs' playoff surgery but should be completely healthy entering training camp.
We want in-state rivalry back
The most cruel casualty of the realignment craze was the rivalry between Texas and Texas A&M. World War II couldn't sideline this rivalry, but some conference maneuvering did. Rivalries that should be back on the schedule
Round 2: Billings best fit for Raiders at 44
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Oakland should draft DT Andrew Billings, who would quickly push for a starting spot next to Dan Williams on the inside. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Round 2: Howard best fit for Titans at 43
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Tennessee should draft CB Xavien Howard, whose size and athleticism fit within Dick LeBeau's heavy press-zone scheme. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
Round 2: Dodd best fit for Cowboys at 33
Our Insiders take a look at how tonight's Round 2 should play out if every team was drafting purely for best fit. They think Dallas, which needs to find pass rushing help on the edges, should draft DE Kevin Dodd. Round 2 best fits mock draft (Insider)
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Stars coach Lindy Ruff explains how he plans to use Jamie Benn to keep his offensive production going against the Blues.
NFL Draft: Best players on the board
Alabama boasts three of the top five best players still available heading into Friday night's second round (7 p.m. on ESPN/WatchESPN), according to Mel Kiper Jr. Top 25 best available players on Day 2 (Insider)
Elliott should have immediate impact
Dallas' running game suffered a decline last season, but the drafting of Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 overall should help catapult the Cowboys' rushing numbers back near the top of the league.
The Cowboys believe they helped their defense by picking Ezekiel Elliott, but they will do it more directly in the next couple of rounds of the draft.
Dallas appears to be the biggest potential obstacle standing between the Ravens and pass-rusher Noah Spence.
The Cowboys need to win now. And they believe Ezekiel Elliott can help them do that more than any other player in the 2016 NFL draft.
Texas and Texas A&M are far from the top dog in Lone Star State recruiting. Baylor's here to stay.
Here is the third round of our recruiting draft, which grants the bottom of the league first dibs on any Big 12 recruit who signed in 2016.
By picking Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick, the Cowboys are hoping their newest version of the Triplets can deliver them back to a Super Bowl.
The draft's first day cleared up the picture for some veteran QBs and showed concerns over Myles Jack were real. Kevin Seifert has Round 1 takeaways.
Cowboys first-round pick Ezekiel Elliott is familiar with AT&T Stadium, having won the first College Football Playoff national championship there.
Baylor lineman/curiosity LaQuan McGowan wants a shot at the NFL, but if that doesn't pan out he might consider the WWE as an alternative.
The Cowboys made an attempt to trade up into the first round in order to select Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, according to sources, but were thwarted by the Denver Broncos.