Dallas Cowboys Morning Links: Brent Retires, What Romo Told Collins


In Saturday’s edition of Morning Links, the Dallas Cowboys close a tragic chapter of their franchise’s history following the second retirement of defensive tackle Josh Brent. And we find out what quarterback Tony Romo told his newest teammate to help land him in Big D. All that and much, much more as we dive into the best Cowboys news from around the web for this morning.

Cowboys’ Josh Brent retires again by ESPN.com news services

"“Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent is retiring again. It’s the second time Brent has retired since his conviction for intoxication manslaughter in the crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. The Cowboys placed Brent on the reserve/retired list Friday. “It is with careful consideration, much thought and reflection that today I announce my retirement from the NFL,” Brent said in a statement. “I have not taken this decision lightly, as my time in the NFL and as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has been the opportunity of a lifetime…”"

Tony Romo explains what he told La’el Collins at recruitment dinner; ‘You hurt for guys like this’ by Michael Florek, The Dallas Morning News

"“La’el Collins is a member of the Cowboys and its mostly because of a recruitment dinner between Collins, his mother, and various members of the Cowboys. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was there. So was VP Stephen Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, offensive line coach Frank Pollack, and five current members of the Cowboys: Jason Witten, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, Tyron Smith and Tony Romo. Martin, Frederick and Smith were first round picks. Witten went in the third round. Only Tony Romo found himself undrafted like Collins was, albeit in a completely different situation…”"

Jerry Jones: I’d consider trading our 2016 first-rounder By Marc Sessler, NFL.com

"“The Cowboys landed a big fish in rookie lineman La’el Collins on Thursday, but Dallas might not be done generating headlines on offense. Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Friday that he would consider trading away the team’s 2016 first-round pick to acquire a game-changing running back or blue-chip defensive talent. “I’d be reluctant to, but certainly if the right situation came along that could improve us now, with where we are with (35-year-old quarterback) Tony Romo, his career and where we are with what we’ve put together, it’s a good time to go for it,” Jones said..”"

First Down: Texas three-step, what RB will emerge in Dallas? By Brad Evans, Yahoo! Sports

"“With a number of immovable steers already on roster, the Cowboys added much discussed lineman La’el Collins to the roster Thursday, bolstering a line that was widely regarded as the best in pro football last year. In addition to the Collins signing, Dallas team president Stephen Jones remarked his squad could be “more efficient and more explosive, doing our running back by committee rather than putting so much pressure on one back…Right now, Darren McFadden is expected to the lead up the proposed RBBC with Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and possibly Cardinals castaway Ryan Williams contributing. Only the Philadelphia Eagles outranked their division rival last year in run-blocking according to Pro Football Focus…”"

SI’s Peter King: Cowboys acquisition of La’el Collins was a ‘stealth bombing’ by

"“Sports Illustrated sports writer Peter King recently joined “The Afternoon Show with Cowlishaw and Mosley” on KESN-FM 103.3 on Friday to talk all everything football. Here are some highlights: On how many NFL teams are asking themselves, “how did we let the Cowboys just walk out and sign Lae’el Collins?” King: “That’s a great question. Give credit to the Cowboys. That was a stealth bombing. You know what’s amazing? I was thinking about this today, the Dallas Cowboys finished this draft, after the undrafted free agency thing, the Dallas Cowboys finished this draft with three of the top 20 players on their board…”"

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