Report: Cowboys still concerned about Dez Bryant’s off-field issues

Dez Bryant is one of the best wide receivers in football, yet his contract is set to expire in just a few short months. Many are wondering what the Dallas Cowboys are waiting for in terms of extending Bryant’s contract.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Cowboys still have concerns about Bryant’s off-field behavior.

 

 

Rapoport adds that the Cowboys’ best offer to Bryant has been 10 years and $114 million, with just $20 million guaranteed. Calvin Johnson signed a seven-year, $142 million extension with the Detroit Lions in 2012 that included $60 million guaranteed. Bryant is likely eyeing something closer to that number.

The Cowboys signed offensive tackle Tyron Smith to a lucrative extension over the summer, and Bryant was reportedly upset about it.

Bryant has had plenty of issues off the field since he came into the NFL, and we wrote about many of them here. He seemed to keep his nose clean last season and has done the same this year — at least as far as we know. That said, there has to be a reason the Cowboys are hesitant to commit top dollar to a top talent.

2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated: Nov. 7, 2014. Veterans Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

Two notes before jumping in:

  • Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW),DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
  • Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.

 

Applebee’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 2014: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.

BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2014.Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. Locations.

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2014. Free All you can eat hotcakes. For active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Locations.

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TCU’s leading rusher out for pivotal Big 12 contest with Kansas State

TCU’s offense will be without one of its best weapons this weekend against Kansas State. Running back B.J. Catalon has been ruled outby head coach Gary Patterson for Saturday night’s game.

Catalon has not practiced this week, so his lack of availability for Saturday night comes as nothing more than a mild surprise. Reports noted an upper torso injury to the running back, which left him to be listed as questionable for this week. This season Catalon has rushed for a team-high 493 yards and he has added 14 receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown. As noted yesterday, Catalon has scored 10 of TCU’s 22 rushing touchdowns.

TCU and Kansas State are fighting for first place in the Big 12, as well as the opportunity to keep College Football Playoff dreams within reach. TCU losing Catalon is pretty significant, and it should put a little more pressure on quarterback Trevone Boykin to make some things happen against a Kansas State team that generally plays well on defense. Without Catalon, TCU will likely split reps between Aaron Green(378 rushing yards, three touchdowns in 2014) and Trevorris Johnson (199 rushing yards, four touchdowns). Look for Kyle Hicks to get some playing time as well, and it should go without saying Boykin will be asked to carry the football as well. The quarterback is second on the team in rushing with 423 yards and four touchdowns.

Kansas State is the Big 12’s second-best defense against the run according to the numbers. Baylor is the only team better against the run strictly by the numbers, although the Wildcats have allowed just five rushing touchdowns all season to Baylor’s 10 allowed on the ground. Basically, TCU will have its work cut out for them to get much production out of the running game. Kansas State is also third in the Big 12 against the pass, just to cover that side of the conversation as well.

Fort Worth Cats Will No Longer Play at LaGrave Field

The Fort Worth Cats baseball team is looking for a new home because LaGrave Field is not available next season, the owner said.

Cats owner John Bryant said the developer who owns LaGrave Field notified the team the stadium is no longer available for rent. The stadium is located along the Trinity River north of downtown Fort Worth.

“He said he won’t renew the lease,” Bryant said.

Bryant said the team is looking for a new stadium in Fort Worth, but may have to move to another city in North Texas.

The Cats, which are not affiliated with Major League Baseball, originally started playing at LaGrave in the early 1900s;  LaGrave Field was rebuilt in 2001.

Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas; Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski involved in post-race fight

Once again, Jimmie Johnson was the star in the fall at Texas Motor Speedway. And once again, Brad Keselowski was at the center of a post-race fight in this year’s Chase.

Johnson survived two green-white-checkered attempts to earn his third consecutive fall race victory this evening in Fort Worth. But his triumph was promptly overshadowed by a scrap on pit road between Keselowski and Jeff Gordon, as well as their respective crews.

The melee stemmed from contact between the two during the first of the two GWC attempts. Gordon and Johnson were up front at the drop of the green for GWC1, but when third-place Keselowski went for what he thought was an opening left by Gordon, he instead hit the four-time Sprint Cup champion in Turn 1.

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Ex-Browns CEO Joe Banner critical of Brandon Weeden

Former Cleveland Browns CEO Joe Banner essentially threw the equivalent of an “LOL” in the direction of the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Banner heard somewhere that the Cowboys were confident in quarterback Brandon Weeden’s ability to succeed against a team that blitzes a lot the way the Arizona Cardinals do. Banner sent this tweet Sunday morning, prior to the Cardinals-Cowboys game:

 

Banner was right on. Weeden went just 18/33 for 183 yards and two interceptions. He added in a garbage-time touchdown pass in the Cowboys’ 28-17 loss to the Cardinals.

The manner in which Banner criticized Weeden was funny; you just don’t see NFL executives throw around that sort of criticism of a player over Twitter. But it’s not like Banner was wrong. Banner did not draft Weeden — the previous regime took the former Oklahoma State quarterback in the first round months before Banner got his job as CEO. Banner’s regime brought in some competition for Weeden, and the team cut the QB earlier this year, not long after it was announced that Banner would not be back with the team.

I think everyone can see that Weeden is not very good, and certainly that he struggles against the blitz the way Banner said.

Browns survive the Buccaneers, improve to 5-3

For large stretches of the day, the Browns looked just as Brown-ish as ever.

But here’s the weird part — they won.

The Browns slithered away with a 22-17 win over the Buccaneers, improving to 5-3 on the season. They’re 4-1 at home, and playing solidly on defense and giving their fans a reason to believe.

Brian Hoyer threw a pair of interceptions, doubling his total for the season, but threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Even without tight end Jordan Cameron, he spread the ball among eight different receivers, overcoming his early mistakes.

The Bucs fell to 1-7, making the kind of mistakes that 1-7 teams make.

They had both a field goal and a punt blocked, missed another field goal, and gave the Browns a freebie touchdown after violating the neutral zone on a field goal attempt.

Cardinals put away game-but-compromised Cowboys

At the midway point of their season, the Cardinals are the ones to catch in the NFC West.

Efficient on offense, stout on defense and opportunistic in the kicking game, the 7-1 Cardinals surged to a 28-17 victory at Dallas on Sunday. Quarterback Carson Palmer threw three scoring passes for Arizona, which put the game away with two TDs in 100 seconds in the fourth quarter.

The loss dropped Dallas, which was without starting quarterback Tony Romo, to 6-3. The Cowboys are now a half-game out of first place in the NFC East.

The pivotal play came with about 10 minutes left and the Cowboys trailing 14-10. With Dallas facing a 4th-and-1 at the Arizona 34, the Cardinals’ defense loaded the box to stop the run, with all 11 players within five yards of the line.

The Cowboys stuck with the run, with quarterback Brandon Weeden handing off to tailback DeMarco Murray. But the Cardinals stacked up the line, holding Murray short. The Cardinals then seized control, embarking on a nine-play, 65-yard march ending in a one-yard TD pass from Palmer to tailback Andre Ellington with 6:00 left in regulation.

Now, the Cowboys (6-3) were down 21-10, and they were left to lean on the pass, for better or worse. And on the second play of the ensuing drive, Weeden was picked for the second time, with Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie hauling in an off-target pass intended for Cowboys wideout Terrance Williams.

Five plays later, the Cardinals sealed the deal, with tailback Marion Grice powering in from one yard out to extend the margin to 28-10.

The Cowboys would counter with a late TD, with Weeden hitting Dez Bryant for a three-yard score. However, the catch was only the second of the game for Bryant, who was rendered a non-factor for almost the entire contest. Weeden’s lack of command was a major cause; the Cowboys’ backup quarterback really struggled with his accuracy at times. The ex-Brown No. 1 pick finished with 183 yards and one TD on 18-of-33 passing.

In defeat, the Cowboys’ defense played fairly well. Cornerback Tyler Patmon picked Palmer on the first drive, returning it for a score. But the Arizona offense would soon settle down, and it showed a knack for moving the chains all day, converting 9-of-15 third downs.

And once the Cardinals’ offense started to move, the Cowboys were under pressure. The Cardinals’ stout run defense came up big again, holding DeMarco Murray to 79 yards on 19 carries. The Cardinals’ kicking game would come up big, too, with cornerback Justin Bethel blocking a field goal at the end of the half.

Still, the Cowboys hung around. And then, the Cardinals got that fourth-down stop early in the fourth quarter and got down to business, leaving Dallas in their wake.