Romo and Company are back at the ranch for some football, read here.
The NFL CBA lays out the framework for offseason workouts, which can begin today and will eventually lead up to veteran minicamp in June. The first two weeks of the program are strictly for strength, conditioning and rehabilitation, and they fall under the title “Phase One” in the CBA.
Before anyone gets too excited for the return of football, Phase One features a fairly limited set of options for participants. Only the Cowboys’ strength and conditioning coaches are allowed to work with players for these first two weeks, and no helmets or footballs are allowed to be used. The one exception is that the team’s quarterbacks may throw with receivers, provided the receivers aren’t covered by anyone.
The mention of quarterbacks does raise one newsworthy item, however. Tony Romo was at Valley Ranch on Monday morning, and it was confirmed by club sources the Cowboys’ starting quarterback will be participating in team workouts.
Romo has been the subject of some speculation since he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back in January. At various points this spring, Cowboys executives and Romo himself have reiterated that he is expected to be available for the offseason program – and that is indeed the case.
Interestingly enough, Monday is also Romo’s 34th birthday – which seems like a fitting day to return from injury speculation. Romo missed a good deal of the team’s offseason program last spring after having surgery to remove a cyst from his back.
The Cowboys are interested in Georgia QB Aaron Murray and his surgically repaired knee, read here.
Team officials are in Athens, Ga., on Wednesday looking at University of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Among the officials in attendance is Cowboys’ quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.
There is no expectation the Cowboys will draft Murray in the later rounds of next month’s draft, but the team is doing its due diligence, much like it did two years ago with Brandon Weeden.
When Weeden was entering the draft from Oklahoma State, Cowboys officials met with him and kept watch from afar. After Weeden was released by the Cleveland Browns this spring, the Cowboys jumped at the chance to sign him because they had done the research necessary to make a move.
I was hoping Murray would put together a great Senior season, but he had a few bad games and then was injured so now hes a big risk in the draft.