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Cowboys vote to decertify, if needed

IRVING -- According ESPN's Chris Mortensen, a union source said the Cowboys and Eagles players have voted to authorize the NFLPA to decertify if necesary next March when the current labor agreement ends.

A Cowboys source confirmed the team voted to decertify.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith visited Cowboys players on Monday to give them an update on the latest talks with the league.

"For a lot of these guys it was only the second or third time they've seen D since he's been hired," Cowboys player rep Jason Witten said. "So I think just to hear him and ask questions and be educated more than anything else was good to hear."

NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Attalah said the union hopes to reach a deal and avoid decertification.

"I think the majority of the guys are confident it gets worked out," Witten said. "I think that's how this team's mentality is, you have to stay on top of it and I think that's what the union is trying to do."