Approximately 20,000 fans showed up for the Cowboys’ first day of training camp Saturday, when the team began its drive to Super Bowl XLV — and a potential date with destiny on its home turf.
The ‘Boys, for their part, opened camp with all of their draft picks signed, including Dez Bryant, who won over fans’ hearts right away for being the first player on the field and staying late to sign autographs. His acrobatics and one-handed catches seemed fitting for a wearer of the No. 88 jersey.
The team’s next priority is making sure Miles Austin, another playmaker, is signed to a long-term deal, according to The Dallas Morning News. The holdup is the uncertainty about the collective bargaining agreement, which expires after this season.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told The Morning News that the team has had “cursory” talks with Austin’s agent, David Dunn, whose offices happen to be located not far from the team’s second training facility in Oxnard, Calif.
“Everything we do right now we have to be very calculated in figuring out how it affects us,” Jones said.