Extra Points: Murray, Cowboys, McKenzie

This may sound like blasphemy in Dallas, but Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News doesn’t think it’d be the end of the world if the Cowboys are outbid for DeMarco Murray in free agency. Machota argues that while Murray is immensely talented, a lot of his success can be attributed to the Cowboys’ powerful offensive line. More from around the NFL..

  • After years of mediocrity, the Cowboys have turned their roster around, writes Field Yates of ESPN.com (Insider sub. req’d). As he explains, Dallas has upgraded their 53-man roster in a major way with investments in the offensive line, nailing skill player draft picks, and getting lucky with guys like Rolando McClain.
  • General Manager Reggie McKenzie finally had the financial flexibility to put his stamp on the Raiders in the offseason after limited cap space forced him to be a bargain shopper. His moves left a lot to be desired, writes Joel Corry of CBSSports.com. McKenzie let defensive end Lamarr Houston and offensive tackle Jared Veldheer go without making a concerted effort to retain them while running back Darren McFadden was re-signed over Rashad Jennings, who led the team in rushing.
  • Chris Wesseling of NFL.com wonders if the Raiders will be able to turn things around without the services of linebacker Nick Roach. Roach was placed on season-ending IR earlier today thanks to concussion symptoms.
  • The good news is that Raiders coach Tony Sparano is optimistic that Roach will be able to play again eventually, tweets Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1.
  • In a press conference this afternoon, commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters that five hours were spent on social responsibility and personal conduct issues, which was longer than scheduled, tweets Tom Pelissero of USA Today.
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