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Anthony Hitchens And Matt Johnson Celebrate Holiday The Same

Brian Martin



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The time period between when mini-camp practices end and training camp begins is arguably the slowest and most worrisome for NFL teams, players, and the fans alike. Just about anything that is newsworthy around the NFL is of the negative nature.

This is something the Dallas Cowboys know all too well with the announcement last week that linebacker Rolando McClain will be suspended 10 games in 2016 and also that DeMarcus Lawrence's appeal to reduce or eradicate his suspension was upheld.

I know it's hardly worth mentioning now, but this puts the Cowboys defense in a really difficult situation, especially if you throw in the fact that Randy Gregory is also part of the suspension club. If you're counting, that's three players along the front seven of the defense that will miss at the very least the first month of the season.

Rolando McClain's suspension in particular is a hard-hit to the defense, but fortunately the coaching staff is all to familiar with finding someone to fill in for him when he is suspended. Last year he missed the first four games because of a different suspension and Anthony Hitchens took over the responsibilities at middle linebacker during those games.

As it stands now, Hitchens is probably the favorite to once again stand in for the suspended McClain, but with training camp yet to get underway there's still plenty of time to evaluate the linebacker position.

But, that might not be the biggest news in regards to Anthony Hitchens' off-season.

You see, Anthony Hitchens decided that it was time to tie the knot with longtime girlfriend Ashley Presutto and said I do over the Fourth of July weekend.

Anthony Hitchens on Twitter

Wedding Day !!!

Hitchens joins teammate Ronald Leary as the second Dallas Cowboys to take the plunge into matrimony this summer and like I did with Leary last week I wanted to congratulate the new couple on behalf of all of us here at Inside The Star.

Of course, even a few of his teammates decided to congratulate him via twitter as well.

Ryan Keith Russell on Twitter

Congrats on your big day today man @AnthonyHitchens

Ryan Russell is another defensive player like Hitchens, that could possibly benefit from the suspensions to McClain, Lawrence, and Gregory. He has a chance to earn the coaching staff's trust and start at one of the defensive end positions.

Mark Nzeocha on Twitter

Congrats to my man @AnthonyHitchens getting married today. All the best to both of you.

Mark Nzeocha could possibly be Anthony Hitchens main competition to lay claim to the middle linebacker position, but that didn't stop him from congratulating his teammate.

Just in the past few days, Anthony Hitchens has had a big off-season. He has been promoted to be the Cowboys middle linebacker, at least for now, and he has gotten married.

Of course, Hitchens isn't the only one who decided that the Fourth of July weekend was a good time to get married. Former safety Matt Johnson also used the holiday weekend to tie the knot.

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Matt Johnson may not be a current member of America's Team, but being a former player earns him the right to get a shout out.

So, join all of us here at Inside The Star in wishing the newly married couples congratulations and best wishes.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Hitchens! Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Johnson!

Use the comment section below if you would like to congratulate the married couples or you can send them a tweet @AnthonyHitchens and @Matt Johnson37.

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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REPORT: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Has Requested Release

Jess Haynie



Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from ESPN's Todd Archer. The veteran has been with the team since 2008, when he was drafted in the fifth round.

Archer's report can be found here:

Todd Archer on Twitter

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested his release from the team, according to a source. Scandrick hopes to get into the free-agent market when it opens Wednesday. Cowboys seem to have moved on at corner with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis,...

The end of Scandrick's run in Dallas comes as no surprise. He had fallen behind the youth movement at cornerback with Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown all arriving in the last two seasons. Now with talk that Byron Jones may move back to CB, there's just not place for Orlando.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, releasing Scandrick doesn't provide any great salary cap relief.

If Dallas cuts Scandrick outright, they will get back about $1.4 million from his $5.3-million cap hit in 2018. If they make him a June-1st cut, the cap relief increases to $3 million and pushes $1.6 million of dead money into 2019.

If not for all their younger options, the Cowboys might have elected to stick with Orlando for one more season. But given what they already have at corner, Dallas was likely planning to release him even before this request.

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