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With Bailey Out, Cowboys Sign Kicker Mike Nugent

Mauricio Rodriguez



One of the best players in Dallas Cowboys history was injured during last week's game versus the 49ers. Dan Bailey was ruled out with a groin injury, handing the kicking duties to Jeff Heath for the rest of the game.

However, Bailey will miss several weeks and after working out a few kickers, the Cowboys have signed veteran free agent Mike Nugent.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys signed former Bengals/Bucs/Jets/Giants kicker Mike Nugent to replace the injured Dan Bailey, per sources.

Nugent knows his way around the league. Being around the NFL for more than ten years, the addition makes sense for Dallas. Personally, I'm surprised the Cowboys didn't go for Sam Irwin-Hill who had a nice preseason.

Mike Nugent made 23 out of 29 field goals last year with the Cincinnati Bengals. In the PAT department, he missed six extra points.

To make a roster spot for Nugent, surprisingly, the Cowboys released DE Damontre Moore. After returning from his two game suspension, he hasn't done much but it still is surprising to see him getting released, and not the other Moore. After Cooper Rush's promotion to QB2, that's the direction many fans thought this was headed.

The Cowboys will surely miss Dan "Automatic" Bailey. Here at Inside The Star, we wish Dan a quick recovery and hope to see him back on the field soon. We will need him.

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  • Russ_Te

    To complete the experience, Garrett could have at least let Heath kick onside once… ;^)

    Damontre Moore has been on 5 teams, so this is the way his career is going. He showed a lot of motor in preseason however, and it seems like a quick hook. Moore will be back in the league in a few weeks when somebody’s DE goes down.

    Nugent in theory gives you a better chance than Irwin-Hill when you have to hit the game winner, since he’s done it in the NFL. Let’s hope we don’t have to test that theory.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Haha, a Heath onside kick would’ve been awesome. I agree on Moore, he wasn’t great or anything but he wasn’t bad.
      Hope we don’t have to see that scenario.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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