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Cowboys Defensive Lineman Josh Brent to Retire Again

Grant Halverson/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- For the second time during his NFL career, Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent has decided to retire.

This is the second time that Brent has retired since a conviction for intoxication manslaughter in the crash that killed fellow teammate Jerry Brown in 2012. Brent was placed on the reserve/retired list Friday by the team.

"It is with careful consideration, much thought and reflection that today I announce my retirement from the NFL," Brent said in a statement. "I have not taken this decision lightly, as my time in the NFL and as a member of the Dallas Cowboys has been the opportunity of a lifetime. Two of the greatest institutions in sports are the NFL and the Dallas Cowboys and I am humbled, honored and blessed to have been a part of both."

Brent didn't play football in 2013, and played just one game last season after he had served a 10 game suspension.

He ends his career with 46 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Cowboys Sign OL La'el Collins

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed undrafted offensive lineman La'el Collins on Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the deal is fully guaranteed and is for three-years, $1.65 million.

It was thought by many pundits that Collins would be selected in the first round of last weeks draft, but team's stayed away when Collins was linked to an investigation into the murder of his pregnant former girlfriend, Brittney Mills.

Investigators questioned Collins on the murder and determined he is not a suspect -- although he hasn't been fully cleared.

Collins joins a Cowboys' offensive line that features All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick, and All-Pro guard Zach Martin.
"I got a call from Mr. Jones a couple nights ago, late around 11 o'clock," Collins said of owner Jerry Jones during the player's introductory press conference Thursday. "We had a long conversation, man and that was the first time I really felt like somebody seeing me for who I am. Somebody understood the guy, that I went back to school my senior year because I wanted to be something special. I wanted to do everything I had to do to put myself in a great position and I sat down with him."

"He believed in me," Collins continued, saying Jones, "trusted me and I couldn't have asked for anything else. I couldn't be in a greater situation. I couldn't be in a greater place. I just want to thank Mr. Jones, his family this organization and everybody that is standing behind me because I guarantee you this: I'm going to give this organization everything I have and more. This is going to be the best offensive line in NFL history. Mark my words."

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Adrian Peterson: Wouldn't Mind Playing for the Cowboys

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't ruling out a trade, despite the organization's desire to keep him.

Peterson told WFAA in Dallas that he wouldn't mind playing for the Cowboys next year.

"It would be nice," Peterson said at Tuesday night's Rockets-Mavericks game.  "I've got family here, my dad's here. But I'm under contract, so we'll see."

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman repeated his initial statement when asked about Peterson's future in Minnesota.

"We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman told reporters at the team's pre-draft news conference on Tuesday. "Our position has not changed. We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson."

Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.

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Tony Romo: We're 'Going to Win a Super Bowl Next Year'

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo likes his teams chances headed into next season.

Romo, who was receiving the Nancy Lieberman Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dream Ball Gala in Dallas recently, said that the team is "going to win a Super Bowl next year," ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer reports.

Romo said he wants to win a Super Bowl so bad for the Jones family, teammate Jason Witten, and head coach Jason Garrett.

"I literally want to win it so bad for them, for the people around me who have helped me," Romo said. "They've allowed me to achieve my dreams and my goals. Without them, I'm not there, I promise you. I'm not where I'm at right now and I'm not going where I'm going."

Romo led the Cowboys to the playoffs this past season, but their goal of a Super Bowl fell short after they lost to the Packers in the divisional round.

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NFL Suspends DE Greg Hardy for 10 Games

Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The National Football League suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay on Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league.

The suspension is the result of a two-month investigation by the NFL into Hardy’s domestic violence case, which was eventually dismissed after the victim, his former girlfriend, chose not to cooperate with authorities in North Carolina.

“The NFL's investigation concluded that Hardy violated the Personal Conduct Policy by using physical force against Nicole Holder in at least four instances,” the league said in a statement. “First, he used physical force against her which caused her to land in a bathtub. Second, he used physical force against her which caused her to land on a futon that was covered with at least four semi-automatic rifles. Third, he used physical force against her by placing his hands around Ms. Holder’s neck and applying enough pressure to leave visible marks. And fourth, he used physical force to shove Ms. Holder against a wall in his apartment’s entry hallway.

Hardy will be eligible to return to the field in Week 12 when the Cowboys take on his former club, the Carolina Panthers, on Thanksgiving Day.

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Saints Sign DE Anthony Spencer

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday.

Spencer was selected with the 26th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played all eight of his previous pro seasons in Dallas.

The 31-year-old Spencer is reunited with Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, who held the same position in Dallas from 2011-2012.

With Ryan as his coach Spencer had the best year of his career in 2012 compiling 95 tackles, 11 sacks, and two forced fumbles, earning him an invite to the Pro Bowl.

Spencer can line up as a defensive end in a 4-3 defense or a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

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Cowboys Sign LB Rolando McClain to One-Year Deal

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Dallas Cowboys have decided to bring back linebacker Rolando McClain.  

McClain and the team agreed Wednesday to a one-year deal worth $3 million, ESPN reports.

McClain went with the Cowboys over the Patriots after meeting in New England last week.

The 25-year-old faces a four-game fine after violating the league's substance abuse policy.

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Jason Garrett Backs Greg Hardy Signing

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett backed the signing of defensive end Greg Hardy on Wednesday at the NFL meetings.

Garrett said that the Cowboys in no way support domestic abuse, but after meeting with Hardy and speaking with him for over three hours, they feel they made the right choice.

"We brought him in and spent a couple days with him, so we felt like understanding who he is as a person was a critical piece to this, evaluating who he is a player was a critical piece to it, the structure of the contract was critical to it," he explained. "At the end of the day, if we didn't believe he could become the right kind of guy for our football team, we wouldn't have signed him."

Hardy could be suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy after being arrested and charged with assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would not say when that ruling would happen.

"They understood that we were reviewing his case for potential discipline," Goodell said on Wednesday. "That continues. We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can to make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold the standards that we put forth in our personal conduct policy. And so I expect that will conclude sometime in the near future and we’ll make a decision shortly after."

Garrett believes that Hardy's issues are in the past and that he can play well for Dallas.

"It's our job to bring the best out in all these guys, as players and as people," Garrett said. "So I think everyone understands we're trying to build the right kind of football team with the talent level, with also who they are. It's our job to create the environment, and it's the player's job to respond, and it's our job to hold the player accountable."

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Cowboys Sign Greg Hardy to 1-Year Deal

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Cowboys have signed defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year, $11.3 million deal that could be worth up to $13 million, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.

Hardy could face a league suspension for violating the NFL's domestic conduct policy. However, an NFL spokesman told ESPN that Hardy's situation remains under review and that the league will have a resolution on his status as soon as possible.

Hardy was a 2013 Pro Bowl selection after leading the Panthers with 15 sacks, tying a team single-season record.  He started 39 games between 2011 and 2013 and has 34 career sacks.

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Cowboys Sign RB Darren McFadden

NFL via Getty Images(IRVING, Texas) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed running back Darren McFadden to a two-year deal, according to ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer.

Dallas let Pro Bowler DeMarco Murray walk away and sign with the Eagles on Thursday and acted fast.

McFadden has battled all sorts of injuries during his career, but played 16 games for the Raiders last year for the first time in his seven year career McFadden had 534 yards on 155 carries last year after starting the season as a backup.

Oakland drafted McFadden with the 4th overall selection in the 2008 NFL draft.

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