Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys continue to fall short year after year. Lets take a look at what “America’s Team” has been up to in the offseason as they gear up for the NFL draft. Will this be their year to return to the spotlight?

Dispelling the rumors

Tony RomoTalk to Jerry Jones about Felix Jones and you get the impression that the Cowboys talented but injury prone running back isn’t going anywhere despite rumors to the contrary.

Jones who was one of the Cowboys two-first round draft picks in 2008 is entering the final year of his contract. His career has featured extreme highs but unfortunately an abundance of lows as well. Last season was a good example.

He missed four games in 2011 with a high ankle sprain and finished the year with 575 yards on 125 carries and one touchdown. He had three 100-yard games, including back-to-back efforts in December after regaining the every-down back role following DeMarco Murray’s broken ankle. Jones also caught 33 passes for 221 yards.

I’m not a doctor, but I’ll bet that Murray will never be the same after breaking his leg. That means Dallas could keep Jones and let him compete for the starting job or keep him in a backup role.

Early in the week ESPN got it wrong (again) saying Cowboys brass were having ‘internal discussions’ about trading Jones prior to the NFL draft. Dallas VP of operations Stephen Jones shot it down and left the situation very clear; executive vice president Stephen Jones said, “No discussions – or speculation – on the possibility of a trade involving Felix Jones have ever taken place among individuals in this organization who would have the authority to explore such a scenario. Any reports of apparent internal discussions along those lines would involve people who have no input or relevance in the process.” 

Petrino watch

Dez BryantCowboys owner Jerry Jones is an Arkansas alum who has a soft spot for all current and former Razorbacks—even disgraced ones like Bobby Petrino who was fired on Tuesday.

To refresh your memory, Petrino was once the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, but left 13 games in the season to take the Arkansas job. There was no two-week notice, no wait until the end of the year. He literally left in the middle of the night following a lopsided Monday night loss as I recall.

Two sources within the Dallas organization said Petrino’s named hasn’t popped up in regards an assistant’s job or as a consultant. However if I were Jason Garrett, I’d be looking over my shoulder.

Mock 1

The NFL draft begins April 26 and runs through April 28. There are at numerous mock drafts and if you take a consensus you’re left with several opinions on who the Cowboys will select at No. 14. The two most popular choices seem to be defensive end Quinton Coples of North Carolina to Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick.

Latest numbers

Most of the NFL betting futures odds are status quo and the numbers won’t move much until after the draft.

NFL odds boards have the Cowboys listed at 30/1 to win the Super Bowl and 15/1 to capture the NFC crown.