Dec 19, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz (86) celebrates his touchdown reception with guard Connor McGovern (66) during the second half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz to attend minicamp

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz plans to report to minicamp Tuesday despite his unresolved contract situation, multiple outlets reported.

He was franchise tagged in March and signed his $10.931 million tender for 2022 but has skipped voluntary organized team activities while seeking a long-term agreement.

Schultz, who turns 26 next month, would have been subject to fines for missing this week’s mandatory minicamp.

Schultz caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns in 17 games (15 starts) last season.

The Cleveland Browns recently re-signed tight end David Njoku to a four-year, $54.75 million deal with $28 million in guaranteed money. Njoku caught 36 passes for 475 yards and four touchdowns last season.

Schultz has 154 receptions for 1,545 yards and 12 scores in 60 games (36 starts) since the Cowboys drafted him in the fourth round in 2018.

–Field Level Media

Jul 22, 2021; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and cornerback Kelvin Joseph (24) during training camp practice at the Marriott Residence Inn. Mandatory Credit: Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Police want to question Cowboys CB in shooting death

Dallas police reportedly want to question Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph about a fatal shooting last month.

Sources told ESPN that the team has encouraged Joseph, a second-round draft pick in 2021, to tell authorities what he knows about a March 18 altercation that led to the death of Cameron Ray, 20.

Video footage, obtained by KDFW-TV of the incident in the city’s Lower Greenville section, shows one of the men involved wearing a YKDV necklace.

Joseph, 21, goes by the rap name “YKDV Bossman Fat,” per the reports.

Joseph played college football at LSU (2018) and Kentucky (2020) before being selected with the 44th overall pick.

He appeared in 10 games (two starts) for the Cowboys last season, recording 16 tackles, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery.

–Field Level Media

Nov 8, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall (35) runs for a touchdown after a catch during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys sign former Bears RB Ryan Nall

The Dallas Cowboys signed running back Ryan Nall, the player’s agent confirmed Friday.

Nall, 26, appeared in 33 games over the past three seasons with the Chicago Bears.

He played 577 snaps on special teams and 95 snaps on offense over that span while totaling 12 rushing yards and 71 receiving yards with one touchdown.

Nall was undrafted in 2018 out of Oregon State.

–Field Level Media

Cowboys right tackle Rayfield Wright reacts to being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Legendary Cowboys RT Rayfield Wright dies at 76

Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Rayfield Wright died Thursday. He was 76.

Wright, a six-time Pro Bowl selection during 13 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, had been hospitalized for several days following a severe seizure, the team said on Friday.

Wright played in five Super Bowls — including two wins — and was a member of the 1970s All-Decade Team. He was a first-team All-Pro three times.

“Rayfield Wright was the epitome of what it takes to be a Hall of Famer,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement. “His grit, his agility, his passion, his charisma and his love for football, the community and his family always shined through.

“The original ‘Big Cat’ helped shape the future of the Dallas Cowboys through his illustrious 13-year playing career. Rayfield was a champion on and off the field. He remained an important part of the Cowboys family long after his playing days ended, and he will be deeply missed. Our love and support go out to his wife, Di, and the entire Wright family.”

Wright, who was a right tackle, played in 166 games (114 starts) for Dallas from 1967-79.

More than 40 years after playing his last game, Wright is still viewed as one of the top offensive players in Cowboys history.

Wright was released after the 1979 season and hooked on with the Philadelphia Eagles. But he retired during training camp without playing a game for the Eagles.

According to reports, Wright dealt with seizures for many years after his career ended and later was diagnosed with early stage dementia in 2012. He also said he suffered too many blows to the head to count during his career and often dealt with headaches and dizziness after leaving the game.

Wright played college football at Fort Valley State after initially choosing the school to play basketball. He considered an offer from the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals (now the Sacramento Kings) after his junior season before opting to stay at the school.

Instead, Wright was a seventh-round draft choice (182nd overall) by the Cowboys in 1967 and his career took off. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars passing game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer walks down the sideline during the second half against the Tennessee Titans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys adding Brian Schottenheimer to staff

The Dallas Cowboys are adding Brian Schottenheimer to the coaching staff, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Per Sports Illustrated, Schottenheimer will join the team as a football analyst and help defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

Schottenheimer, 48, was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season. He was the Seattle Seahawks’ offensive coordinator from 2018-20, a role he previously held with the then-St. Louis Rams (2012-14) and New York Jets (2006-11).

He is the son of the late Marty Schottenheimer, a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, then-San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle La'el Collins (71) indicates he is an eligible receiver entering the game in the third quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys give RT La’el Collins permission to seek trade

The Dallas Cowboys have given the agents of right tackle La’el Collins permission to seek a trade, ESPN reported Saturday.

Collins signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Cowboys in September 2019 and would count $15.25 million against the salary cap if he remains on the Dallas roster this season.

A trade would free about $1.3 million in cap space. ESPN said he is likely to be released if a trade isn’t worked out.

The Cowboys are looking to clear salary cap space to pursue free-agent linebacker Bobby Wagner or to retain wide receiver Amari Cooper, according to reports earlier this week.

Collins, 28, has played guard and tackle for the Cowboys and appeared in 12 games last season. He missed the 2020 season with a hip injury that required surgery but started all but one game the previous three seasons.

He served a five-game suspension in 2021 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Washington Football Team cornerback Danny Johnson (36) and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (19) in action during the game between the Washington Football Team and the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Trade interest rising for Cowboys WR Amari Cooper

Wide receiver Amari Cooper and the Dallas Cowboys are working to resolve his roster status, but no action is expected until March 20.

That’s the date when Cooper’s $20 million in fully guaranteed money hits the Cowboys’ ledger.

Reports surfaced during the NFL Scouting Combine that Dallas was “likely” to release Cooper. But NFL Network reported Wednesday the Cowboys have received inquiries from multiple potential trade partners.

Trading for Cooper would allow a team to avoid waiting in a queue along with other bidders if he is released. No trade could be official until March 16, the first day of the NFL league year.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously called out Cooper for failing to produce on the level expected, given his salary on the heels of a $100 million contract extension.

Cooper, 27, caught 68 passes for 865 yards and a career high-tying eight touchdowns in 15 games last season. His totals in receptions and receiving yards trailed team leader CeeDee Lamb (79, 1,102 yards), while his touchdown total matched tight end Dalton Schultz for the club lead. The Cowboys used the franchise tag to retain Schultz on Monday.

Fellow wideout Michael Gallup is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 16. His availability for the start of next season is in question after he tore his ACL on Jan. 2. But the Cowboys are actively negotiating a long-term deal with Gallup, according to multiple reports.

A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Cooper has 517 catches for 7,076 yards with 46 touchdowns in 108 career games with the then-Oakland Raiders and Cowboys. He was selected by the Raiders with the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Cowboys acquired Cooper in October 2018, sending a first-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Raiders.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys cheerleader in action during the NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cowboys paid $2.4M to settle cheerleaders’ voyeurism claims

The Dallas Cowboys spent $2.4 million to settle claims of voyeurism made by members of the cheerleading squad against a senior team executive, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The report, based on documents obtained by ESPN and people with knowledge of the situation, said four women each received nearly $400,000 after alleging that Rich Dalrymple, the Cowboys’ longtime senior vice president for public relations and communications, watched them undress.

Dalrymple used a key card to gain entry to the locked dressing room during a 2015 event at AT&T Stadium and was seen “standing behind a partial wall in their locker room with his iPhone extended toward them while they were changing their clothes,” the network reported.

A Cowboys fan also signed an affidavit saying he had witnessed Dalrymple taking “upskirt” photos back in 2015 of Cowboys senior vice president Charlotte Jones Anderson, the daughter of team owner Jerry Jones.

Dalrymple issued a statement denying both allegations.

“People who know me, co-workers, the media and colleagues, know who I am and what I’m about,” he said in his statement. “I understand the very serious nature of these claims and do not take them lightly.

“The accusations are, however, false. One was accidental and the other simply did not happen. Everything that was alleged was thoroughly investigated years ago, and I cooperated fully.”

A Cowboys representative told ESPN that a thorough investigation discovered no wrongdoing by Dalrymple.

“The organization took these allegations extremely seriously and moved immediately to thoroughly investigate this matter,” Cowboys communications consultant Jim Wilkinson said. “The investigation was handled consistent with best legal and HR practices and the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing.”

The team did reportedly give Dalrymple a formal written warning in October 2015.

“If any wrongdoing had been found, Rich would have been terminated immediately,” Wilkinson said. “Everyone involved felt just terrible about this unfortunate incident.”

Dalrymple announced his retirement earlier this month after 32 years with the team.

–Field Level Media