Calvin Watkins

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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Jerry Jones: Pretty serious risk

25 years later, we take a look back at Jerry Jones purchasing the Cowboys.

Spencer must show '12 wasn't a fluke

Anthony Spencer needs another big season with the Cowboys to earn his payday.

Hargrove trying to move forward

After missing 22 games due to suspensions, Anthony Hargrove is trying to move forward in Dallas.

Cowboys gear up for youth movement

Cowboys need young players like Ronald Leary to push their way into the lineup.

Dallas Cowboys draft report card

ESPNDallas.com grades the Dallas Cowboys' selections for the 2013 NFL draft.

Cowboys 2013 staff predictions

ESPN Dallas season predictions: Breaking down the Cowboys' 2013 schedule.

Cowboys players lack accountability

Jerry Jones put the coaches on notice and needs to do the same with the players.

Time to show Jay Ratliff the door

The Cowboys need to release Jay Ratliff in light of arrest for DWI.

Jerry Jones has right to be upset

Jerry Jones has every right to be upset because what the Cowboys have shown him the past few years is unacceptable, Calvin Watkins writes.

Dallas Cowboys need big changes

Free agents, offensive line and Tony Romo's contract on laundry list of questions.

Dez Bryant hits his stride

Cowboys WR Dez Bryant catches on with maturity, confidence.

Cowboys can't rely on defense to win

The Cowboys can't rely on their shorthanded defense to win games.

Cowboys learn to close the deal

Cowboys develop ability to close out opponents, improve playoff chances

Cowboys' defense makes pieces fit

Rob Ryan's makeshift Cowboys defense continues to carry the day.

Dez Bryant caught between pain, gain

Cowboys need Dez Bryant for stretch run but must be delicate with WR's broken finger.

Cowboys honor Jerry Brown with win

The Cowboys honored their fallen teammate Jerry Brown with a win.

Cowboys' hesitant D under pressure

Cowboys' defense needs to perform to standard in remaining four games.

Win does nothing for confidence

Cowboys' win over Eagles does little to inspire playoff hopes.

Jason Garrett must make big changes

Jason Garrett needs to make drastic changes to salvage Cowboys' season.

Trust in Cowboys' defense shaky

Cowboys' defense breathes easy after win over Browns, but it's hard to find positives in unit.

Cowboys hit reset button on season

Cowboys' win in Philadelphia, manageable schedule ignite playoff hope.

Morris Claiborne will see better days

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne has a bad day, but confidence in rookie remains high.

Bruce Carter tackles responsibility

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Cowboys' D failed with game on line

The Cowboys' defense failed with the game on the line in Atlanta.

Cowboys must move on from Romo

Turnovers show why the Cowboys need to move on from Tony Romo.

Sean Lee's absence creates big void

Cowboys LB Sean Lee leaves big shoes to fill, but someone on defense must try.

Cowboys D takes care of business

The Cowboys D made the adjustments and plays necessary to grind out a win.

Cowboys can ground and pound

Cowboys' run game has prime shot to build momentum vs. porous Carolina D.

Cowboys battle back, fall short

The Cowboys should win games like this one, but they couldn't pull it off.

Leadership isn't issue for Cowboys

Cowboys have leaders -- maybe not like Ray Lewis -- but bottom line is winning.

Tony Romo must be elite now, or else

Cowboys' stretch, season hinges on Tony Romo's ability to reach elite mode.

Cowboys' run game stuck in neutral

Cowboys need to get run game going if they are to turn their season around.

Dez Bryant just can't catch on

Forgettable effort in loss to Bears shows Dez Bryant can't grasp elite WR status.

Cowboys' O-line seeking consistency

The Cowboys need to clean up an offensive line that has been a mess.

Cowboys' defense shows its mettle

After getting hammered last week, Cowboys' defense steps up vs. Bucs.

Cowboys' defense shows no fight

The Cowboys' defense showed no fight and was beat up by physical Seattle.

Rob Ryan's changes paying dividends

Rob Ryan's adjustments, influx of talent has Cowboys' defense on upswing.

Kevin Ogletree shows what he can do

Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree shows what he can do in emotional breakout effort.

Cowboys haunted by Giant losses

The Cowboys want to put their Giant losses in the past, but it's not easy.

Stephen McGee running out of time

Stephen McGee must show progress or Cowboys will be forced to move on.

Cole Beasley gets back on track

After brief departure, Cowboys receiver Cole Beasley emerges as top slot option.

Tony Romo stands his ground

Tony Romo won't let the team's injuries and personnel changes get to him.

Kevin Ogletree coming into his own

Kevin Ogletree makes strong argument for third WR role against Chargers.

Cowboys' offense has no excuses

The Cowboys must do more on offense despite injuries and personnel changes.

Cowboys' offense a work in progress

The Cowboys' offense showed it still has work to do before the season starts.

DeMarcus Ware still learning

DeMarcus Ware is one of the best at what he does but isn't done learning.

DeMarco Murray must take next step

Cowboys counting on DeMarco Murray to become reliable weapon at running back.

No position safe on a D built to fear

Rob Ryan spares no feelings instilling competition to fix the Cowboys' defense.

Ranking the Cowboys' roster

With training camp getting underway, we rank the entire Cowboys roster.

Dez Bryant should take leave

Dez Bryant should take a leave from the Cowboys to deal with his problems.

Andre Holmes has edge for No. 3 WR

Mailbag: Andre Holmes looking like front-runner to be Cowboys' No. 3 receiver.

Kyle Orton a big improvement

Kyle Orton seems to be a perfect fit as backup quarterback for the Cowboys.

Mike Jenkins drama coming to a head

Mailbag: CB Mike Jenkins' dispute adds suspense to Cowboys' offseason.

Morris Claiborne in tough position

The Cowboys' Morris Claiborne is in a tough position as a rookie cornerback.

Dan Bailey earned kicking job

Mailbag: Dan Bailey earned Cowboys kicking job with stellar rookie season.

Jason Hatcher: Leaders 'doing great'

Jason Hatcher changes his tune, says Cowboys' leaders are "doing great."

Jerry Jones takes winning personally

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones feels personal sense of urgency to win now.

Keeping DeMarco Murray healthy key

Mailbag: DeMarco Murray has potential to be a true lead back for Cowboys.

Colby Lewis leads by example

Rangers' young pitchers can learn from Colby Lewis' veteran performance.

Cowboys dig deep to find talent

Mailbag: Cowboys scouts search far and wide hoping to unearth hidden gems.

Cowboys better, but so is division

Mailbag: Cowboys, rivals scramble to come out on top this offseason.

Cowboys got tenacious on D

The Cowboys won't say it, but their offseason focused on fixing the pass rush.

Cowboys can't afford draft whiff

The Cowboys have to draft guys who can play, and it doesn't matter how.

Cowboys shouldn't ignore offense

An offensive draft selection by the Cowboys shouldn't be surprising.

Cowboys could be feeling cornered

Despite the addition of Brandon Carr, the Cowboys face issues at cornerback.

Tony Romo more mature, patient

Mailbag: Tony Romo understands wins and losses are what matter on the field.

Tony Romo least of Cowboys' worries

Cowboys Mailbag: Tony Romo is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Jason Garrett learning from mistakes

Mailbag: Jason Garrett has made mistakes, but he's learning from them.

Cowboys need to draft O-line help

Mailbag: Cowboys should continue to improve offensive line through draft.

Laurent Robinson's exit leaves void

Mailbag: Cowboys' depth at WR is challenged after losing Laurent Robinson.

Time to let Terence Newman go?

Mailbag: It might finally be time for the Cowboys to let Terence Newman go.

Decision time looms for Cowboys

Mailbag: Cowboys have decisions to make as the draft approaches.

Calvin Hill knows what players deal with

Former Cowboy Calvin Hill provides off-field support for today's players.

Re-signing Laurent Robinson is critical

Mailbag: Re-signing wide receiver Laurent Robinson is a must for the Cowboys.

What to do with Anthony Spencer?

Mailbag: Cowboys must decide if they will keep Anthony Spencer or let him walk.

Offensive line help is likely target

Mailbag: The Cowboys' roster needs an upgrade, with O-line a primary candidate.

Jerry Jones is all for change

Mailbag: GM-for-life Jerry Jones realizes his Cowboys are in need of change.

Cowboys won't have Tony Romo forever

Tony Romo is solid, but the Cowboys should prepare by drafting another QB.

Change is coming for Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett working on plan to change things in the offseason.

Ranking the Cowboys at season's end

We rank the Cowboys from Ware to Fiammetta as they enter the offseason.

Cowboys are in need of reality check

Jerry Jones must come to the realization that changes are needed for Cowboys.

Talent alone won't cut it on D

The Cowboys D didn't make the plays it needed to, and that must change.

Cowboys have concern for Dez Bryant

Cowboys have reason to be concerned about Dez Bryant's off-field issues.

Cowboys can avoid 'what-ifs' with win

The what-ifs will haunt Cowboys if season finale goes anything like 2008's.

Jerry Jones had no business on sideline

Jason Garrett knew what he was doing, so Jerry Jones should have stayed away.

Defense can't afford repeat performance

The Cowboys need a statement game from their defense against the Eagles.

Felix Jones steps up against Bucs

Felix Jones stepped up for a Cowboys club that is depending on him again.

Dallas Cowboys still control own destiny

The Cowboys' season is on the brink, but they still control their own destiny.

Jason Garrett, Cowboys crumbling

Collapse against Giants reveals Cowboys' cracks under struggling Jason Garrett.

Cowboys run game could use a spark

Tony Fiammetta's return could be the spark the Cowboys' run game needs.

Cowboys must regroup and move on

The Cowboys must once again regroup and move on from a painful loss.

Cowboys' response to loss is critical

After loss, Cowboys' rumble with Giants becomes challenge to validate season.

Patrick Peterson having record year

The Cowboys' special teams will face a tough test containing Patrick Peterson.

Cowboys need classic Tony Romo

The Cowboys need Tony Romo to carry his November form into December.

Secondary is Cowboys' primary concern

Rob Ryan's primary concern better be fixing the Cowboys' struggling secondary.

Five blessings grace Cowboys' season

Cowboys can be thankful for productive signings, reliable rookies, healthy QB.

Kicker Dan Bailey continues hot streak

Rookie Dan Bailey has earned Cowboys' trust with 24 consecutive made FGs.

Abram Elam brings calm to secondary

Safety Abram Elam brings calm, communication to Cowboys' defense.

Terence Newman can still get job done

Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman is showing he's not ready to be replaced.

Laurent Robinson finding niche in Dallas

Laurent Robinson could soon make a bigger impact with Miles Austin injured.

Ranking the Cowboys at midway point

We rank the Cowboys' roster as we reach the midway point of the 2011 season.

DeMarco Murray deserves leading role

It's time for Cowboys to put DeMarco Murray in starting role over Felix Jones.

Bradie James' playing time decreasing

Bradie James is seeing decreased playing time in the final year of his contract.

Charles Haley continues to make impact

Charles Haley passing on his knowledge as he prepares to join Ring of Honor.

All's not lost for Cowboys' season

Soft schedule could work well with Jason Garrett's 'one game at a time' philosophy.

Cowboys have no answers for Eagles

Jason Garrett focused on moving forward after Cowboys' embarrassing loss.

Encore awaits DeMarco Murray

Spotlight awaits Cowboys' record-setting RB DeMarco Murray in Philadelphia.

DeMarco Murray delivers in a hurry

Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray takes his opportunity and runs to a record.

Running attack grounds Cowboys

Whatever the factors, Cowboys' running attack has been grounded so far.

Reality schools learning Cowboys

For a Cowboys team in transition, there's no shame in falling short to Patriots.

Cowboys get next shot at Tom Brady

Tom Brady will test Cowboys' pass rush, but Rob Ryan has contained him before.

Injury holding back Bryant's progress

Quad injury is hampering Dez Bryant's chance to practice and progress.

Inability to finish bites Cowboys again

Jason Garrett needs a 60-minute rule after the Cowboys failed to finish again.

Dallas Cowboys have a new identity

The Cowboys have put their egos aside and turned into a group of grinders.

Cowboys' D dishes out punishment

The Cowboys' defense took Washington's punches then returned a knockout blow.

Pain goes away, but pressure doesn't

Tony Romo, Cowboys feel pressure to play through injuries outweighs risks.

Cowboys need more from running game

With injuries piling up, it's time for Cowboys to get their run game going.

Miles Austin grinds it out for Cowboys

A hobbled Miles Austin inspires another breakout WR effort in San Francisco.

Alan Ball looking past '10 season

The Cowboys are counting on Alan Ball to bridge the gap with injuries in secondary.

Garrett needs to be resourceful

Jason Garrett must be resourceful and stay positive to bounce back from loss.

Cowboys' defense puts up a fight

Cowboys' defense holds its own in opener but struggles to finish in fourth quarter.

Fighting Ryan family stands united

Rex and Rob Ryan, foes on the field, stand united behind their ailing dad.

DeMarco Murray carries load well

Cowboys rookie DeMarco Murray displays power, speed as starting running back.

Roster spots up for grabs in finale

Cowboys fighting for roster spots get another shot in preseason finale at Miami.

Tony Romo adjusts to youth movement

Tony Romo is taking on a teaching role with the Cowboys' young receivers.

Cowboys' defense a work in progress

With the clock ticking, the Cowboys are still working things out on defense.

Kevin Ogletree looks to step in at No. 3

Cowboys' Kevin Ogletree vies to be next No. 3 on roster lacking veteran WRs.

Dez Bryant getting comfortable

Cowboys' Dez Bryant gaining confidence, maturity entering his second season.

Defense still trying to develop

The Cowboys' defense has plenty of things to work on against the Chargers.

Jason Garrett puts stamp on Cowboys

Jason Garrett has put his stamp on the Cowboys by demanding accountability.

Cowboys' kicking concerns linger

Sunday's practice generates worry in Cowboys' long search for reliable kicker.

Cowboys putting '10 behind them

Cowboys want to set tone for 2011 -- and bury 2010 -- with first preseason game.

Felix Jones finally the man for Cowboys

The Cowboys are counting on career backup Felix Jones to carry the load.

Terence Newman injury will test depth

Newman's injury will test Cowboys' depth -- or the lack thereof -- at cornerback.

Newman is Cowboys' consolation prize

Terence Newman isn't bitter after the Cowboys flirted with Nnamdi Asomugha.

Defensive coordinator confident in talent

Rob Ryan is confident he has the talent to turn the Cowboys' defense around.

Cowboys living in present for a change

The humbled Cowboys aren't talking about expectations after last year's flop.

Dallas Cowboys getting to work

Now that lockout is over, here are first items of business for Jerry Jones & Co.

Baseball shaped by memories

Tragedy that much more difficult for a sport known for its father-son moments.

Roy Williams: Insurance policy

Money, depth issues should keep Roy Williams with Cowboys in 2011.

Ogletree could move up to No. 3 slot

Cowboys mailbag: Kevin Ogletree could end up being the Cowboys' No. 3 WR.

Rangers searching for consistency

At the halfway point of the season, the Rangers are still searching for consistency.

Dallas native Chris Bosh stays focused

Dallas native Chris Bosh of Heat keeps attachment to hometown in check.

Rangers have to stick with Neftali Feliz

The Rangers have no choice but to stick with slumping closer Neftali Feliz.

Can Romo make jump to elite level?

Tony Romo has been good, but he can follow Dirk Nowitzki's lead to elite level?

Rangers need this Neftali Feliz

After two bad outings, Rangers closer Neftali Feliz appears to be back on track.

Rangers will need more from big bats

Help on the way, but current Rangers lineup must pick up solid starting pitching.

Strong bonds defined Ron Springs

Former Cowboys teammates fondly recall bond they shared with Ron Springs.

Cowboys, fans waiting on free agency

The Cowboys have areas to address in free agency when -- and if -- it begins.

Ranking the Cowboys after the draft

With the draft completed, it's time to rank all the Cowboys players from 1-70.

For Cowboys, 'D' is not for draft

Cowboys' picks show team banking on free agency for defensive needs.

Cowboys choose wisely with OT pick

USC's Tyron Smith helps Cowboys get younger, more athletic on offensive line.

'Trader' Jerry Jones to roll dice again?

What will Dallas Cowboys owner "Trader" Jerry Jones do in this NFL draft?

Roberto Marroquin loses for first time

In his first main event, Dallas boxer Roberto Marroquin was dealt his first loss.

Laying it all on the (offensive) line

Cowboys mailbag: Laying it all on the (offensive) line as we approach the draft.

All eyes on Roberto Marroquin

Dallas' Roberto Marroquin eyes contender status with first fight as a headliner.

Garrett confident in Felix Jones' ability

Cowboys mailbag: Jason Garrett believes Felix Jones can carry the rushing load.

Can Romo reach next level in his 30s?

Cowboys mailbag: Will Tony Romo go to the next level or fall off in his 30s?

Jason Garrett set for full-time challenge

Only time will tell if Jason Garrett's plans to revive the Cowboys will work.

Dez Bryant gives Boys reason to worry

The Cowboys hadn't been worrying about Dez Bryant, but maybe they should.

Dez Bryant drawing lots of attention

Mailbag: A rehabbing Dez Bryant has been a popular topic of discussion.

TCU's Andy Dalton is a proven winner

TCU's Andy Dalton isn't a big-name NFL prospect, but he's a proven winner.

Jerry Jones not ready to move on

Cowboys' Jerry Jones haunted by ghosts of 2010, not ready to move forward.

Brian Baker is a man with a plan

Mailbag: Cowboys DL coach Brian Baker has his eyes on a top college job.

Ryan: Defense will 'get after people'

Cowboys defensive coordinator Ron Ryan confident his unit has talent to succeed.

Roy Williams unlikely to be cut

Mailbag: The Cowboys are unlikely to cut Roy Williams for a variety of reasons.

Doug Free could become expensive

Mailbag: Left tackle Doug Free could become very expensive for the Cowboys.

Wrong door opened for Michael Vick

Michael Vick has paid his debt, but a Dallas politician is wrong to give him key.

Charlie Peprah's road leads home

Packers safety Charlie Peprah came a long way to win a ring in his hometown.

Injury has kept Yanez from fighting

Luis Yanez is ready to return to the ring Friday after a nearly yearlong layoff.

Sanders' choice turned out Super

Staying at SMU for senior year was wise of Steelers rookie Emmanuel Sanders.

Mailbag: Determining all the right moves

Cowboys Mailbag: How does 6-10 team wind up with six players at the Pro Bowl?

Jerry Jones aiming to be Super host

Jerry Jones is still excited to host the Super Bowl despite his team's exclusion.

North Texas ready to be Super host

Cowboys Stadium and points beyond making final preparations for Super Bowl XLV.

Cowboys' fate hinges on labor deadlines

Cowboys face altered free agency, salary-cap gridlock with potential lockout.

Jerry Jones didn't do his homework

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn't do his homework before hiring Jason Garrett.

Ranking the Cowboys at season's end

We rank the Cowboys from Ware to Barron as they head into the offseason.

Roy Williams' Dallas days are a daze

It's looking more like the right time for the Cowboys and Roy Williams to part.

Cowboys struggle to describe season

Cowboys struggle to reflect on a season that quickly turned disappointing.

For the record, Cowboys are bad

For the record, Cowboys' mistakes confirm status as bad, 10-loss team.

Cowboys' youth eager for playing time

Unfortunately for the Cowboys' youth, the team is still playing to win the game.

The jury is still out on Garrett as coach

Dallas' win over the Redskins doesn't make the Garrett dilemma any clearer.

Cowboys lack consistency on defense

The Cowboys' defense was a strength last season, but this year is different.

Felix Jones can't shake comparisons

The Cowboys' Felix Jones can't shake comparisons to other RBs drafted in '08.

Cowboys' latest loss had familiar feel

Familiar mistakes reared their ugly heads in the Cowboys' loss to the Eagles.

Dez Bryant has work to do as leg heals

Dez Bryant should focus on the mental aspects of the game while his leg heals.

Sean Lee ready when chance came

When his chance came, rookie Sean Lee grabbed it, along with two interceptions.

Cowboys' reality check starts to set in

With Cowboys' season winding down, we look at five lingering areas of concern.

Dez Bryant just beginning to blossom

Rookie Dez Bryant's maturation process has progressed nicely, despite hiccups.

Breaks arrive, but playoff hopes leave

The Cowboys played hard for Jason Garrett, but moral victories don't count.

Cowboys running in right direction

A renewed commitment to running the ball has helped the Cowboys surge.

Jason Garrett needed this win

The Cowboys showed signs of life in a game Jason Garrett needed to win.

Cowboys' defense gets second look

Subtle changes under Paul Pasqualoni net eye-opening results on D for Cowboys.

Cowboys need to stay in winning groove

Takeaways, balanced offense and confidence are keys for Cowboys wins.

Jason Garrett steadies Cowboys' ship

With a win over the Giants, Jason Garrett has the Cowboys on the right path.

Manny Pacquiao fight has strong lure

Promoters are confident Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight will be big.

Jason Garrett is a definite change

The differences between Jason Garrett and Wade Phillips are loud and clear.

Rapid decline forces Jerry Jones' hand

Cowboys' Jerry Jones left with no choice but to make change after latest flop.

Cowboys' Wade Phillips is who he is

Wade Phillips won't change his ways as the Cowboys struggle, and he shouldn't.

Dallas Cowboys shouldn't fire Phillips

Firing Phillips wouldn't change culture that has gotten out of control for Cowboys.

Wade Phillips, Cowboys are lost causes

Wade Phillips has no idea how to fix the broken Cowboys after another loss.

Cowboys rally behind backup Jon Kitna

Despite losing Tony Romo, the Cowboys are ready to rally behind Jon Kitna

Time for Cowboys to focus on draft

It's time for the Cowboys to focus on the draft instead of thinking about playoffs.

Roy Williams won't revel in his revival

Roy Williams is enjoying his best season as a Cowboy, but how long will it last?

Cowboys' special-teams woes stand out

Inexperience, mistakes make Cowboys' special teams less than ordinary.

Pins, needles popping Cowboys' hope

The Cowboys are on edge as time begins to seep from a season full of high hopes.

Mistakes send Cowboys into disarray

Instead of fixing problems, the Cowboys make new ones and keep losing.

Tony Romo's leadership style under fire

Cowboys QB Tony Romo continues to battle leadership perception issues.

NFL draft-day slights can haunt

Players jilted on draft day can hold long-term grudges against the Cowboys.

Keys to saving Dallas Cowboys' season

The Dallas Cowboys' season is not over. Here are five keys to turning it around.

Frustration begins to rattle Cowboys

Disbelief sets in over Cowboys' 1-3 start, but loss to Titans lends record credence.

Cowboys equipped to ground the run

Cowboys' tough run defense begins string of tests against ground-based offenses.

Doug Free flawless so far at left tackle

Cowboys reap benefits of Doug Free's flawless move to left tackle.

Beef about Dallas Cowboys' dinner

Cowboys mailbag: Still a lot of beef about Dez Bryant's bill from Dallas Cowboys dinner.

Roy Williams finally earns his keep

Roy Williams, who came up big for the Cowboys, never let the critics faze him.

Tony Romo was in complete control

Tony Romo made sure the meetings and changes led to a Cowboys victory.

Offseason decisions impact Cowboys

The Cowboys feel the impact -- much of it negative -- of key offseason decisions.

Cowboys complicate their situation

Practice, discipline issues make it hard to believe Cowboys will recover from 0-2.

Defense struggles to create turnovers

As good as it is, the Cowboys' defense has dropped the ball when it comes to turnovers.

You have to wonder about Jason Garrett

It's hard not to wonder about Jason Garrett's play calling after Cowboys' loss.

Cowboys mistaken for contenders

Cowboys' gaggle of errors in opener against Redskins leaves them at a loss.

Tony Romo seeks keys to elite QB club

Cowboys passer Tony Romo tackles transition to elite quarterback level.

Cowboys can't afford uncertainty

Cowboys can afford patience but not uncertainty with WR Miles Austin.

Mike Jenkins enjoys stress-free feeling

Cowboys mailbag: Mike Jenkins enjoying stress-free environment heading into season.

Ranking the Cowboys from 1 to 53

We rank all the Cowboys from 1 to 53 as they head into the regular season.

Buy, sell or hold: Are Dallas Cowboys worth it?

Buy, sell, or hold? You decide if the Dallas Cowboys' roster is worth what they're making this season in total compensation.

Antonio Margarito's approval a joke

Antonio Margarito's Texas approval for fight with Manny Pacquiao disappoints.

Cowboys face costly roster decisions

If Cowboys choose to save money with roster, unproven players must step up.

Cowboys face tough decision

The Cowboys' first-team offense needs work, but is it worth the injury risk?

Tired play dragging Cowboys down

Cowboys refuse to use fatigue as an excuse for poor preseason performances.

David Buehler's fate hangs up in the air

Despite support for Buehler, uncertainty lingers for Cowboys' kicking game.

Knee braces not an option for Cowboys

Cowboys mailbag: Coach Wade Phillips has made it mandatory for all linemen -- offensive and defensive -- to use knee braces.

Martellus Bennett making progress

TE Martellus Bennett is showing why the Cowboys haven't given up on him.

Cowboys' TD doesn't mean all's well

The Cowboys' first-team offense finally found the end zone, but it needed help.

WR Roy Williams keeps catching heat

Cowboys WR Roy Williams still is trying to catch up to high-priced expectations.

It's too early to worry about offense

Cowboys mailbag: The offense has struggled to score, but it's too early to worry.

Cowboys defense seeks more turnovers

Cowboys' stout defense looking for ways to get even better for the 2010 season.

Lack of offense becoming a concern

Sure it's just the preseason, but the Cowboys' lack of offense is a bit disturbing.

Cowboys' red zone concerns carry over

Cowboys' red zone difficulties of last season carry over into preseason opener.

Emmitt Smith honors dad's sacrifices

Emmitt Smith carries father's dreams with him into Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Young Cowboys have chance to impress

The Cowboys have some young players who must step up in preseason games.

Emmitt Smith's mark has staying power

With changes in the game, ex-Cowboy Emmitt Smith's rushing mark has legs.

Bryant could learn from Spencer

Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant should take note of Anthony Spencer's example.

Bryant, Witten are Cowboys catchalls

Cowboys Mailbag: Dez Bryant, Jason Witten receiving high praise for catching everything thrown their way.

Austin appears unfazed by instant fame

WR Miles Austin says sudden fame won't keep him from focusing on football.

Cowboys not steering clear of Super talk

As training camp opens, the Cowboys aren't shying away from Super Bowl talk.

Ranking the Cowboys from 1 to 80

We rank all the Cowboys from 1 to 80 as they open training camp in San Antonio.

Roster allows Cowboys to dream big

Improved roster allows Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones to flaunt Super imagination.

Battle for fourth corner will be tight

Cowboys Mailbag: CB Orlando Scandrick ready to step up in case of injury

Concerns linger for secondary, kicker

Cowboys Mailbag: Concerns linger at secondary, kicker, and what's Dez Bryant's role?

Rangers putting it all together

Things are bright for red-hot Rangers, and the future could be even brighter.

Spotlight finds Ogletree, Buehler, Ball

Cowboys Mailbag: Expect untested players Ogletree, Buehler, Ball to battle.

Cowboys keeping positive thoughts

Despite a strong offseason, there are still some questions about the Cowboys.

Injuries chip away at Barber's game

Is wear and tear beginning to break down game of Cowboys' Marion Barber?

McGee learns to play waiting game

Third-string Cowboys QB Stephen McGee eager to learn while waiting his turn.

Pro Bowl was just a start for Jenkins

Reaching the Pro Bowl was just a start for Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins.

Williams can still be a star for Cowboys

Cowboys mailbag: Roy Williams still could be a star, even with Dez Bryant around.

Don't worry about Romo, playoff berth

Cowboys mailbag: Don't worry about Romo's commitment or a playoff berth.

Desire strong for Cowboys WR Austin

Miles Austin hasn't signed, but don't let that fool you. He wants to be with Dallas.

Harris: Safety has to think, react fast

Old School 101: Cliff Harris says a safety must be able to think fast and react.

After Phillips, Garrett is next in line

Cowboys mailbag: Jason Garrett is next in line, unless the Giants get him first.

Newton gives Free advice on left tackle

Old School 101: Former Cowboy Nate Newton gives Free left tackle advice.

Cowboys' Dixon 'to make an impact'

Cowboys DE Marcus Dixon set to begin another chapter in life's dramatic story.

Boys look Super, but schedule doesn't

Cowboys mailbag: Don't worry, left tackle and safety are already covered.

Bryant's skills come with a catch

Cowboys top pick Bryant's skills come with a catch on first day of minicamp.

Cowboys carry on a year after collapse

One year later, visible scars remain from collapse of Cowboys' practice facility.

Ranking the Cowboys from 1 to 65

When ranking all the Cowboys from 1 to 65, it starts out easy then gets tricky.

Cowboys couldn't pass on Bryant

Cowboys mailbag: Why draft a receiver? Dez Bryant was to good to pass up.

Boys' picks poised to make quick impact

Jerry Jones makes up for weak 2009 harvest with a fruitful draft class.

Cowboys stick to their draft board

The Cowboys had other needs, but second-rounder LB Sean Lee is a good fit.

Cowboys take a risk with Bryant

Talented WR Dez Bryant doesn't come without off-the-field risks for Cowboys.

Focus on tail end of Cowboys' schedule

The most important part of the Cowboys' schedule begins in December.

Faith in Free allows Boys to think safety

OT Free provides Cowboys' Jones with a safety valve heading into the NFL draft.

Marshall trade makes Williams deal sting

Weekly Mailbag: Williams wants bigger role, and Cowboys want to give it to him.

Texas Stadium memories outlast blasts

Powerful memories linger along with Texas Stadium's debris and ashes.

Free primed to take over for Adams at LT

Cowboys Mailbag: Is QB Tony Romo getting too old or entering a prime age?

'I'm happy for a fresh start'

Cowboys WR Roy Williams is eager to erase memories of a disappointing 2009.

Cowboys put in their offseason time

Cowboys Mailbag: Players putting in time, and then some, for offseason workouts.

Jones goes where no owner has gone

Stadium lets Jerry Jones market team, and make money, like no other owner.

It's good to be Wade Phillips

With the Cowboys' return to winning ways, it's good to be Wade Phillips.

No need to rely on free agency

Mailbag: With core players and payroll in place, Cowboys concentrate on draft.

Phillips' knack for juggling duties is key

Wade Phillips and the Cowboys thrived when he started calling defensive plays.

Cowboys quiet during free agency

Mailbag: Making noise over why Cowboys have been quite quiet during free agency.

Fight packs punch at Cowboys Stadium

The Pacquiao-Clottey fight packed star power and fans into Cowboys Stadium.

Pacquiao no longer flies under the radar

Manny Pacquiao is a global star, but there was a time when he toiled in anonymity.

Running backs, draft are hot topics

Weekly mailbag: The Cowboys don't plan to break up their trio of running backs.

Jones sticks to budget in uncapped year

Budget worries in an uncapped year have Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a bind.

Fighter balances boxing, books, family

Young Oak Cliff fighter Roberto Marroquin learning to balance boxing, books, family.

Jones remains patient with free agency

Cowboys' Jones in no hurry to reveal his free-agency plans so early in the game.

Roach masters ring, remains a student

Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach isn't grizzled but he's full of wisdom.

Break the bank? Not these Cowboys

Mailbag: Tempering expectations for free agency, Tashard Choice and Marty B.

Barber, Williams aren't going anywhere

Mailbag: Barber's future, Moss rumors and Pearson's Ring value are hot topics.

Arum: Seating capacity could expand

The Pacquiao-Clottey fight at Cowboys Stadium is near sellout target of 45,000.

Kindle, NFL hopefuls reset at center

UT-ex Kindle, other hopefuls begin NFL transition at Michael Johnson's center.

Austin not worried about contract

Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin said he's not worried about his contract status.

Hosting Super Bowl is a super challenge

North Texas starts a one-year countdown until it hosts Super Bowl XLV.

Hartley on target from long range

After stalling to start the season, Garrett Hartley finished with a Super surge.

Cowboys' run to immortality complete

Cowboys' HOF rushing duo of Smith, Dorsett leave rest of NFL in the dust.

Big kick redeems Saints' Hartley

Southlake's Garrett Hartley kick-starts his prospects with Saints after suspension.

Emmitt's roots run from home to Hall

Go to the roots, and you'll see how you came to know NFL legend Emmitt Smith.

Younger Ayodele finds home with Saints

Remi Ayodele settles in with Saints, beats his big brother to the Super Bowl.

Stover's trying season could end Super

Dallas native Matt Stover honors his ailing mother during the Colts' playoff run.

Phillips leads NFC after earning deal

The Cowboys' large Pro Bowl bunch is piece of evidence that the future's bright.

Jones sees opportunity before dollars

Cowboys owner still will face budget challenges during uncapped 2010 season.

Cowboys enjoy benefits of decisions

Cowboys' decisions of the last offseason served NFC East champions well.

Offense saw improvement under Garrett

Dallas Cowboys coach-in-waiting Jason Garrett still finds himself waiting.

Report card: Grading Cowboys' defense

Report Card: The final grades for the Cowboys' defense and special teams.

Pacquiao tabs Clottey, jabs Mayweather

Pacquiao might be fighting Clottey, but he's still taking shots at Mayweather.

Cowboys' core could remain the same

With 13 restricted free agents, the Cowboys have a lot of decisions to make.

Report card: Grading Cowboys' offense

Report Card: Handing out the final grades for the Cowboys' offense this season.

Phillips earns shot to get to next level

The pieces are in place, and Wade Phillips finally gets his shot to finish the job.

Cowboys show promise but aren't elite

Cowboys made strides this season, but loss to Vikings shows they're not yet elite.

Boys will rely on hot pass rush vs. Favre

The Cowboys will try to pressure Brett Favre, but it's easier said than done.

Williams more involved in playoff win

Judging by playoff win, Roy Williams has worked way back into Cowboys' plans.

Cowboys 5-1 on road when scoring first

Cowboys are road tested, and they'll get a big exam at the Metrodome in playoffs.

Jones is healthiest, most effective RB

Felix Jones is the Cowboys' best option at running back against the Vikings.

Perfect fit: Olshansky, Phillips' scheme

Olshansky has flourished since reuniting with Phillips, and so has the run defense.

Boys to see familiar looks in Minnesota

In Minnesota, the Cowboys will face a Vikings team that offers familiar looks.

Weathered Cowboys savor playoff win

Playoff win shows weathered Cowboys have finally learned how to triumph.

Recent playoff history unkind to Boys

For the Dallas Cowboys, taking two out of three against the Eagles would be bad.

Cowboys seek third straight shutout

Nothing seemingly getting to, or through, the Cowboys' defense these days.

Jones was shaken by last year's loss

Jerry Jones isn't afraid to take risks, but he hasn't been rewarded in the playoffs.

Five keys to winning in the postseason

Five keys to winning in the playoffs start with the running game for Cowboys.

Boys, left for dead in October, are on fire

The Cowboys, left for dead in October, enter playoffs as NFC's hottest team.

Barber, Williams falling short of salaries

The Cowboys aren't getting their 2009 returns on Roy Williams, Marion Barber.

Defense targets Eagles' Jackson, Maclin

The Cowboys look to contain the Eagles' quick-strike offense for the second time.

WR Austin's breakout season rewarded

Cowboys receiver Miles Austin's breakout season leads to Pro Bowl selection.

Cowboys deliver through messages

Cowboys are using messages as mediums -- and they're delivering.

Cowboys buy into Phillips' approach

With win and berth, Cowboys show they're buying into Phillips' message.

Improvements evident for Boys' Romo

Tony Romo's care of the ball, trust in team have improved his December play.

Cowboys' Spencer starting to settle in

Anthony Spencer is starting to seize his opportunity to start for the Cowboys.

Less December drama for Cowboys

The Cowboys have bought into Wade Phillips' one-game-at-a-time philosophy.

Obscure Cowboys earn their stars

The Cowboys' core group got a big December lift from lesser-known stars.

Former assistants flourishing elsewhere

Looking back, Jerry Jones had three NFL head coaches-to-be on Dallas' payroll.

Coach's calm rubbing off on players

While the drama builds, coach Wade Phillips stays calm, sees an opportunity.

December doldrums seemingly worse

While problems continue to mount, time seems to be running out for the Cowboys.

Cowboys again fail to deliver for Phillips

Yet again, Cowboys players fail to follow through for their head coach.

December presents Boys an opportunity

Cowboys have golden opportunity to gain NFC East ground, silence criticism.

Owner: Barber better at end of games?

Cowboys consider having Marion Barber resume his role as fourth-quarter finisher.

Romo practices as holder

Cowboys' holder to be Tony Romo, who made a costly flub the last time he tried.

Holder McBriar: 'Something in my brain'

McBriar is lunging. Folk is missing. And it's put their on-field friendship on hold.

December issues still run deep into year

The Cowboys are struggling to grasp the significance of their late-season collapses.

'We don't like them, they don't like us'

Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Giants should be NC-17.

Jersey kid Austin returns as The Man

Cowboys WR Miles Austin, who grew up in North Jersey, returns as The Man.

Jones: Cowboys have learned from hex

The Cowboys don't know why December is a struggle, just that trend must end.

Dallas defense must lead playoff run

As schedule gets tough down the stretch, Cowboys defense knows it has to step up.

Boys buckle up, topple weaker rival

Cowboys learn to finish inferior opponent just in time for December challenge.

Inconsistencies have defined offense

An inconsistent Cowboys offense can snap out of its funk against the Raiders.

Williams criticized for playing scared

Redskins' LaRon Landry calls out Boys WR Roy Williams: 'He was scared.'

Late score sufficient for ugly offense

The Cowboys won't have much time to make over an unattractive offense.

Big spending doesn't translate on field

Frugal Cowboys strike it rich in NFC East; Redskins' big pockets have holes.

Running game stopped in its tracks

After running wild early, the Cowboys' offense seems to have taken a flier.

30 stitches later, players are now friends

Stitches in time: Boys' Gurode befriended Haynesworth after horrific 2006 incident.

Communication will be key for fill-ins

Whoever replaces Hamlin and Colombo on Cowboys must also talk the talk.

Miscues throughout sink Dallas, 17-7

The Cowboys are left to ponder their mistakes after loss to Packers.

Romo blossoms into a mature passer

Cowboys' Romo returns to Wisconsin a year older and much improved.

Cowboys' D-line united -- and hungry

When it comes to the defensive line, the Dallas Cowboys have a very united front.

Midseason report Card: Dallas offense

Midseason report card: What Cowboys have made the grade at each position?

Cowboys find their happy place - first

The Dallas Cowboys have finally found their happy place - first in the NFC East.

Dallas beats Philly with beauty, grit

The Cowboys used beauty and grit to make a statement in Philly, division.

Cowboys' loss sparked change

The Cowboys' season-ending loss to Philly sparked a string of changes.

No solution until connection is made

Cowboys have faulty connection (Romo-to-Williams), but it hasn't slowed surge.

Outcome can determine season's tone

It's not a must-win scenario in Philly, but plenty remains at stake for Cowboys.

Young depth gives Cowboys confidence

The Cowboys saw just how good they could be with Sunday's win over Seattle.

Peete's plan helps Cowboys produce

Cowboys RBs coach Skip Peete has sold his talented trio on sticking to their roles.

Experience brings confidence to CB

Since becoming the full-time starter, CB Mike Jenkins hasn't disappointed.

Cowboys' Williams still has grand goal

Although frustrations mount for Roy Williams, the receiver stays optimistic.

Rested Seattle awaits team on a roll

The Cowboys are enjoying their statement win while looking to stay hot.

Blitzes, hard hits set the tone for Dallas

A complete performance by the Cowboys' defense rattled Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

NFC duel highlights league's best TEs

Dallas' Jason Witten and Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez have set the standard for TEs.

Romo: 'Got to keep plugging along'

Cowboys are dealing with a lot of issues, but Tony Romo keeps "plugging along."

Receiver's numbers are low once more

Dallas gave up a lot to get Roy Williams, but his opportunities have been few.

Romo insists winning is still the key

The Cowboys' offense is tops in the NFL in yardage, but points remain scarce.

For Choice, it's all about respect

Perceived lack of respect fuels Choice to be Cowboys' first option at running back.

Bye offers shot to regroup, make fixes

Here are 10 things that the Cowboys need to work on during their bye week.

Jones dismisses doubts over Phillips

Win aside, Cowboys have a ways to go before they can reach elite status.

Don't call it a trap game

The sputtering Cowboys offense looks to rebound against the Chiefs.

Haley had helping hands from WRs

Chiefs' Haley coaches with a passion

Receivers, Romo not on same page

It appears there's a trust issue between Cowboys QB Tony Romo and his receivers.

Struggles arrive earlier than usual

Wade Phillips and the Cowboys are dealing with unusual early-season struggles.

Calmer Cowboys had time to reflect

Victory over Carolina allows Cowboys time to reflect as they head to Denver

Ware seeking his first sack

Cowboys LB DeMarcus Ware led the NFL in sacks last season with a career-high 20. So far in '09, he has none.

Cowboys' Jenkins turning the corner

Cowboys CB Mike Jenkins escapes "D-Block" mentality, focuses on being leader.

Cowboys without a sack or turnover

The Cowboys have yet to record a sack or turnover, but coach Wade Phillips assures that his defense will come around.