Everybody wants to be like the Dallas Cowboys, even the National Champions of college football. Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said so on Monday night in Dallas - Deshaun Watson and Co. were in town for the Davey O'Brien Award Ceremony - as he compared the Tigers to the Cowboys and their iconic nickname, America's Team.
I feel like Coach Jason Garrett & I are sort of kindred spirits, 'cause I mean I feel like right now, we're America's Team" - Coach Swinney
Dabo Swinney was a collegiate wide receiver at Alabama, and we all know Jason Garrett's history as a quarterback at Princeton and in the NFL including a majority of his time spent on the team he now coaches, so perhaps a football connection was destined between the former pass-catcher and gunslinger. Either way it is really great to see the reigning National Champion Head Coach liken his team to the one that Jason Garrett coaches, who aren't so bad either.
Clemson and the Cowboys have another common denominator besides Monday night, elite quarterbacks that both wear the number four. Rookie of the Year Dak Prescott stole the NFL show in 2016 while Deshaun Watson - who spoke about his relationship with Dak - did the same in the world of college football.
The idea of Clemson being the America's Team of college football does make some sense when you consider all of this. They have the star quarterback and they took down the big, bad wolf in the National Championship - Alabama. This was a game, a win, that went down to the wire and took everything the Tigers had... accomplishing it all just a year after losing in the same game to the very same team.
DW4 in Forth Worth @daveyobrien. #Clemson
Coach Garrett is a big believer in surrounding yourself with people who have success in all aspects of life, not just sports. We've seen him and some of his players take offseason trips to Durham, North Carolina in order to spend time with another coach who's dominated the college landscape - Mike Krzyzewski.
Dabo Swinney is a lot like Coach Garrett in this regard as he has remained incredibly humble through all of Clemson's success, making it all about the players. The two aren't exactly twins, but they obviously share some similar lines of thinking when it comes to coaching football which is why Dabo's comparison of Clemson to the Cowboys in the America's Team regard is something that makes you rub your chin.
Perhaps Jason Garrett and Dabo Swinney will now be best friends and share notes on all things football related. Whether they are bros for life, occasional acquaintances, or simply admirer's of each other's work it's a great thing to see the Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys spoken so highly of by the National Champions.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.
Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.
Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.
The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.
Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.
Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.
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