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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have finalized their staff with the addition of Adam Kleffner as assistant offensive line coach. Kleffner joins the Cowboys from Missouri where he was a quality control coach focusing on the line and earned positive marks from offensive coordinator Derek Dooley, the former Cowboys' receivers coach, and offensive line coach Brad Davis. Marc Colombo was named the offensive line coach midway through last season and Hudson Houck ended the year as a consultant. Colombo signed a new deal after the season. Steve Brown, who helps with running backs and is an offensive assistant, will return as will Andre Gurode and Phillip Tanner as defensive end special teams assistants respectively.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jason Garrett is starting 2019, the final year of his contract, without the benefit of an extension to take him off the hot seat before the season even begins. “We're both happy with where we are,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. “And we've done this before. We both have real trust in each other. So a little more unique than normal.” In 2014, Garrett entered the final year of his contract after three straight 8-8 finishes and directed the Cowboys to a 12-4 mark that earned him a five-year, $30 million extension.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

This will make the folks hoping the Cowboys make a play for free-agent safety Earl Thomas when the market opens in March. When asked if he could foresee any talks about the safety position, owner and general manager Jerry Jones simply said, “Yes. That's about all I'll say, but yes.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones would not get into the impending negotiations with DeMarcus Lawrence when asked multiple times. Today is the first day teams can put the franchise tag on players but the Cowboys are hopeful they can workout a long-term deal with their two-time Pro Bowl defensive end before needing to use the tag on March 5. "I'm not going to get into any of our strategies our how we are going to be doing it," Jones said. "It is strategic but DeMarcus is certainly a significant part of the now and the future."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Jerry Jones with the belts belonging to Errol Spence Jr. and Mikey Garcia as they prepare to meet March 16 at AT&T Stadium for the world welterweight championship.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Tony Romo has accepted a sponsor's exemption to the PGA Tour's AT&T Byron Nelson that will be played May 9-12 at Dallas' Trinity Forest Golf Club. It will be the second exemption the former Cowboys quarterback has received to a PGA Tour event having played in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship where he missed the cut. Romo, who calls Trinity Forest his home course, has attempted to qualify for the Nelson multiple times.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

According to sources, the Cowboys have declined the option on Terrance Williams' contract for 2019, making the receiver a free agent on March 14 and freeing up $2.25 million in cap space. Williams caught just two passes for 18 yards season, spending most of the season on injured reserve with a foot injury while also serving a three-game suspension.