The Cowboys' goal is to make No. 31 overall pick Travis Frederick the starting center as a rookie.
Frederick will "compete" with Phil Costa and Ryan Cook, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has already stated that the rookie will immediately be a starter. Aside from LT Tyron Smith, the Cowboys' offensive line was a disaster last season. Both guard spots and right tackle are up for grabs in training camp.
The Dallas Morning News expects fourth-round CB B.W. Webb to "make an impact" this season.
Webb wasn't drafted to be a starter, but he should see immediate playing time in nickel and dime packages. The Cowboys view Webb as the eventual replacement for current slot corner Orlando Scandrick. Webb has generated a ton of buzz since minicamp and shouldn't have any trouble finding his way on the field as a rookie.
Cowboys LT Tyron Smith has revealed he dealt with near constant harassment from his family about money last season.
Smith was forced to file a protective order against his parents, and called the police on two of his sisters after they showed up at his house unannounced to "harass and torment" him "in the pursuit of collecting financial gain." It had to be a draining distraction for a player making the transition to the blindside, but the 22-year-old Smith still graded out positively in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Smith is a candidate to take a big step forward this season.
Cowboys G/C Phil Costa is fully medically cleared after late-season ankle surgery.
Although Costa made just three 2012 starts, Dallas' run blocking was noticeably better with him in the lineup. First-round stretch Travis Frederick will be the Cowboys' starting center, leaving Costa to compete for the right guard position with Mackenzy Bernadeau, or be the top interior reserve off the bench.
Cowboys DE Kyle Wilber has gained 12 pounds and now weighs 255.
Wilber is bulking up as he prepares to transition from 3-4 outside linebacker to 4-3 defensive end in the Cowboys' new defense. As he enters his second year, Wilber is currently the top backup behind Anthony Spencer and DeMarcus Ware.
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer hinted that the Cowboys could look to sign MLB Sean Lee to a contract extension before the season.
"With the gain of $3.5 million in cap space on Doug Free move, it gives the Cowboys more room for a Sean Lee extension sometime before the season starts," Archer tweeted. Lee has one year left on his rookie deal, and he's proven to be one of the top linebackers when healthy. Unfortunately, he's missed 13 games in three seasons. Lee could command $8-9 million annually.
Cowboys RT Doug Free has agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut and will remain with the team.
Free originally had four years left on his contract, but ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports the 29-year-old has agreed to a new two-year deal. Free was vastly overpaid at $8 million annually. Even getting $3.5 million to stay should be counted as a win for Free, considering how terrible he was last season. He'll face competition from Jermey Parnell for the starting right tackle job, and this would seem to rule out an Eric Winston signing in Dallas.