PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Tony Romo fell apart on the back nine and made his PGA Tour debut with a 5-over 77 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback shot even par on the front nine before a bad stretch of three bogeys and a double-bogey toward the end of his round. He was 14 shots behind Brice Garnett, the early leader, who opened with a 63.

Romo started his round off with back-to-back bogeys on the first two holes but then made birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. He answered a bogey at No. 7 with a birdie on No. 8 and finished the front nine at even par. To start his back nine, Romo made a putt of at least 25 feet to make par but had difficulties on holes Nos. 13-16.

Romo missed the fairway on four straight tee shots, taking -- but not needing -- two provisional shots on Nos. 15 and 16 only to find his original shot. He parred his final two holes, coming up short on birdie attempts both times.

"That's just nerves, and hopefully you can get that out of the way," he said of his early nerves after his round. "I kind of knew that the most difficult part really would be the opening holes just in the sense of getting yourself comfortable and acclimated to the environment. Then in some ways it's as simple as just getting the speed of the greens down. I just left too many putts short today."

Romo said he had a difficult time committing to his tee shots on the back nine, which led to his issues.

"I think I feel comfortable," he said. "Just a couple of swings as I got to the back nine that you want back, but I'll be more committed. I'll know the lines a little bit better and hopefully I come out and go low."

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Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY SportsWide receiver Deonte Thompson had 38 receptions for 555 yards last season.

The Cowboys began to address their remake at the wide receiver position with speedy Deonte Thompson, who averaged 15.9 yards per catch for Buffalo.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed wide receiver Deonte Thompson to a one-year deal, it was announced Thursday.

A source told ESPN that deal is worth $2.5 million.

A source said the addition of Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in wide receiver Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier this week.

Thompson, 29, led the Buffalo Bills with 318 receiving yards over the final two months of the 2017 season. He started seven of Buffalo's final eight games.

The Bills signed Thompson in October to bolster a group of receivers that was the NFL's least productive through the first month of the season. He played the first five games of the season for the Chicago Bears before being released.

In 16 games this past season for Chicago and Buffalo, Thompson set career highs with 38 catches and 555 receiving yards, while tying his career high with two touchdowns.

An undrafted free agent in 2012, Thompson played only 21 games over his first four seasons for the Baltimore Ravens, Bills and Bears before emerging to start six games for Chicago in 2016.

ESPN's Mike Rodak contributed to this report.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe Cowboys believe in signing their own, which is why they put the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys know their moves have been underwhelming, but they've always viewed free agency as complementary to the draft.
Benny Sieu/USA TODAY SportsThe Cowboys hope Joe Thomas can provide a boost on special teams and serve as a backup at linebacker.

The Texas Rangers announced that free agent reliever Darren Oliver has passed his physical and has signed with the team.

Sources told's Jerry Crasnick that it's a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3.5 million. The Rangers will introduce Oliver during a news conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesTony Romo will play in his first PGA TOUR event this week on a sponsor'e exemption.

Tony Romo is eager to make his PGA Tour debut in the Dominican Republic and see how his golf game stacks up against some of the best.

The San Francisco 49ers signed veteran guard Jonathan Cooper to a one-year deal on Tuesday.

General manager John Lynch said in a statement that Cooper will compete for a starting job with the 49ers.

"Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line," Lynch said in the statement. "We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team."

Cooper started a career-high 13 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, playing between Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick. He helped solidify the line after the Cowboys lost Ronald Leary to free agency last year to the Denver Broncos.

Cooper, 28, suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee during the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and had postseason surgery. The belief is he will be able to return to the field for organized team activities and the June minicamp.

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FRISCO, Texas -- Having seen fullback Keith Smith sign as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders, the Dallas Cowboys have acquired the man Smith replaced, Jamize Olawale, with the teams swapping late-round picks, it was announced Tuesday.

The Cowboys sent their fifth-round pick (No. 173 overall) to the Raiders, while Oakland shipped its sixth-round selection (No. 192) to Dallas.

It is a reunion of sorts between the Cowboys and Olawale. After finishing his college career at North Texas, he joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent a good portion of the season on the practice squad.

The Raiders signed him off the practice squad late in 2012, and he played in 77 games with 11 starts over six seasons.

For his career, Olawale has 55 carries for 206 yards and four touchdowns with 39 receptions for 425 yards and three touchdowns.

The Cowboys did not tender Smith as a restricted free agent at a price tag of $1.9 million, making him free to sign elsewhere. Olawale is in the final year of his deal and is set to make $1.54 million. He also has a $250,000 incentive if he makes the Pro Bowl.

Smith made the transition from linebacker to fullback in 2016 and played 12 percent of the offensive snaps last season.

Ezekiel Elliott ran for 255 yards on 55 carries and two touchdowns with a fullback and had 728 yards on 187 carries and five touchdowns without a fullback in 2017. As a rookie, Elliott had 1,432 yards and nine touchdowns on 267 carries without a fullback and 199 yards on 55 carries and six scores with a fullback.

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The NFL's competition committee is expected to propose a new catch rule that would eliminate the "going to the ground" distinction in addition to reinforcing a high standard for overturning calls via replay, league executive vice president Troy Vincent confirmed Tuesday to the Washington Post.

ESPN previewed the changes on March 8, explaining the committee's options, along with the role that a replay update would play in reimagining the controversial rule.

New York Giants owner John Mara told ESPN in February that the competition committee agreed that a handful of highly debated rulings -- including incompletions for Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in 2010 and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2014 -- should be called completions moving forward.

The requirements for a catch, under the committee's likely proposal, will include the receiver controlling the ball and establishing himself in bounds. There will also be instruction for officials to define a time element, but it will apply both to receivers who are standing and those who are falling during the process of the catch.

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Matthew Pearce/Icon SportswireCowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will hit unrestricted free agency in 2019.

With DeMarcus Lawrence, Zack Martin and David Irving among those heading for free agency in 2019, the Cowboys shouldn't wait to get deals in place.
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The Cowboys can only hope to find another fifth-round pick to last as long as Orlando Scandrick and produce as well as he did for 10 years.

The Washington Redskins signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick on Monday.

Terms were not disclosed but it's two-year deal worth up to $10 million, a source said. 

Scandrick, 31, was released by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday, granting his request to become a free agent.

With Washington, Scandrick will compete to start outside opposite Josh Norman. The Redskins had been in talks with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but his price tag was too high for them.

The Redskins wanted a veteran presence at the position while hoping last year's third-round pick, Fabian Moreau, develops; he played 58 snaps last season. The Redskins also have Quinton Dunbar, who will challenge outside as well. Scandrick also likely would play inside versus slot receivers when needed.

Injuries took their toll on Scandrick in recent years, with the most severe a knee injury that cost him the 2015 season. He also dealt with a back injury last season, and the Cowboys filled his void with younger players such as rookies Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis at outside cornerback, and safety Xavier Woods in the slot.

Scandrick joined the Cowboys as a fifth-round pick in 2008 and outperformed their first-round pick from that year, Mike Jenkins. He served as a slot corner his first five years, becoming one of the best interior defenders in the league. He moved into a full starting role in 2013.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesSigning Cameron Fleming would give the Cowboys some flexibility on the offensive line.

The Cowboys, who have a number of players scheduled for visits, are looking to turn around their poor recent track record in free agency.

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are keeping long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur.

According to sources, Ladouceur will sign a one-year deal to remain with the Cowboys on Monday, and he will join some rarified air entering his 14th season with the organization.

The only players in franchise history with more service time to the Cowboys are Jason Witten, who is entering his 16th season and Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei, who played 15 seasons for the Cowboys each.

Ladouceur will join Hall of Famers Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro and Randy White as well as Lee Roy Jordan, Jethro Pugh, Tom Rafferty and Tony Romo with 14 years with the Cowboys. Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei spent 15 years as Cowboys.

Ladouceur turned 37 last week and has never missed a game in his career. Last season, the Cowboys monitored his practice time in the offseason and training camp, but he has yet to have a poor snap since joining the Cowboys in 2005.

The biggest beneficiaries to Ladouceur's return are kicker Dan Bailey, punter Chris Jones and new special-teams coach Keith O'Quinn,

Bailey and Jones have lauded Ladouceur's work for years, while O'Quinn would not want to worry about a new snapper in his first season. The Oakland Raiders

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Rich Graessle/Icon SportswireCameron Fleming started the last five games of the regular season for the Patriots last season, as well as the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XLII.

If the Cowboys sign free-agent tackle Cameron Fleming, it could mean a return to left guard for LaĆ