Following his absence from the team’s minicamp, Kyle Orton‘s ongoing standoff with the Cowboys will be one storyline out of Dallas to watch as training camp nears, but it won’t be the only notable subplot. Here’s the latest on Orton and a few other Cowboys-related items:
- Although Orton wasn’t in attendance at this week’s practices, his agent, David Dunn, did make an appearance, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. Still, Dunn declined comment on his client, and there appears to have been no progress made between the two sides, per Watkins. The Cowboys want to continue having Orton back up starting quarterback Tony Romo this season, while Orton is leaning toward retirement.
- Talks on new contracts for wide receiver Dez Bryant and offensive tackle Tyron Smith remain in the preliminary stages, tweets Watkins. Bryant is heading into the final year of his rookie deal, so his situation is a little more pressing than Smith’s, since the team exercised its 2015 option to keep its left tackle under contract for another season.
- There’s no guarantee that the Cowboys’ roster when training camp gets underway will have the same 90 players that it does today, as head coach Jason Garrett suggests to Watkins that the club remains open to roster moves. “We’ll continue to make evaluations of individual guys, where they stack up, if they belong on the roster, who else is on the landscape and you’re always trying to do that,” Garrett said of his current squad.