NFC East Notes: Murray, Washington, Fangio

Retaining free agents Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray isn’t an either/or proposition for the Cowboys, as David Moore of The Dallas Morning News writes. The two aren’t pitted against each other in the financial ring. The question is whether the Cowboys can keep Murray and still have enough room under the salary cap to retain its other key free agents and make needed upgrades to the defensive side of the ball. “Obviously it’s tough when you got a guy like Dez and DeMarco up at the same time and you’ve already paid a guy like Tony Romo and Tyron Smith,’’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “We’ve really got to manage our resources and this will be a challenge.’’ More from the NFC East..

  • Last night, it was reported that Vic Fangio passed on Washington‘s defensive coordinator vacancy over their insistence on keeping secondary coach Raheem Morris over his own choice, Ed Donatell. However, Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 (on Twitter) hears that candidates for the opening were told they can bring in any assistants they prefer.
  • Jason La Canfora of (on Twitter) hears that Washington could still end up changing secondary coaches and it’s hardly guaranteed that Morris will remain in that role.
  • New Washington defensive coordinator Joe Barry spoke with reporters, including Rich Tandler of, about the virtues of the 3-4 scheme and the versatility that it offers.
  • Tarik El-Bashir of pressed the rewind button on the 2013 draft to examine Washington cornerback David Amerson. Amerson showed promise in his rookie season but regressed as a sophomore.
  • In a chat with readers, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News touched on whether the Cowboys will be able to find a strong pass rusher with pick No. 27.
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