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Brandon Carr Still Parked in Dallas

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Cowboys Blog - Brandon Carr Celebrates June

What's been the biggest surprise of the Cowboys' offseason so far? You might say the return of Morris Claiborne or that Dallas has yet to sign or re-sign any pass rushers. Maybe it's the lack of activity in general.

Cowboys Headlines - Brandon Carr Decision Expected This WeekFor many, myself included, the biggest shock comes from Brandon Carr still being a Cowboy. I expected he would be released in the weeks before free agency began. When that didn't happen I figured he'd certainly be gone within a few days. I was especially confident after Claiborne re-signed, thinking the Cowboys had covered their bases enough to let Carr go.

But Carr's still here, and the more I look at it the more it seems there are only two possible outcomes:

  1. Carr is being held as insurance until after the draft. If Dallas ends up adding Jalen Ramsey or some other significant rookie then they can cut Carr and use the cap savings to pay rookies, incentives on next year's deal, and perhaps carry some of the space over to 2017.
  2. Dallas will ride with Carr for one more year and release him for just $2.7 million in dead money next offseason. There will be an $11 million gain in salary cap space from him coming off the books then, money that can be used to re-sign Travis Frederick and make other moves.

I know Dallas visited with Nolan Carroll last week but that was before Claiborne re-signed. The Cowboys would have to see Carroll as an upgrade over Carr to want to cut Brandon and spend a large chunk of those savings on replacing him with Carroll. There's no empirical evidence that Carroll is a better player.

What's more, that move would reduce their flexibility for the draft. Let's say they drafted Ramsey; do Carroll or Claiborne really want to be the fourth cornerback? Granted, Claiborne's new deal came with little guaranteed money an Dallas could release him. But I think they're hoping that the 26-year-old might be worth a longer deal if he can build on last year's development.


That really speaks to the issue; Brandon Carr is just part of a very tumultuous and unpredictable situation at the cornerback position. Orlando Scandrick is coming back from major knee repair and is 29-years-old. He may not be the same guy anymore. Claiborne is a huge x-factor. Young prospects like Terrance Mitchell and Deji Olatoye have flashed good things but are still very raw. On top of all that, we're still not entirely sure if Byron Jones is a safety or a corner.

Cowboys Blog - Cowboys Secondary Takes Hit with Injury to Brandon CarrAs a fan it's tough to separate frustration from looking the business perspective. Carr may not be a high-yield investment but he's also low risk; he'll be on the field when you need him. He hasn't missed a game in eight NFL seasons, which a pretty remarkable feat for any player and especially a cornerback.

For all I know, Carr will be released about five minutes after this article posts. However, at this point it's a move which feels like it would've happened by now if it was happening at all. I think Dallas would have wanted to give Carr the chance to be in the free agent market and would've made him an early June-1st cut if they expect to cut him after the draft.

Obviously, we won't know for sure until after the draft. Dallas may be taking the colder business approach and will release Carr when it best suits their interests instead of the player's. If we've learned anything about Stephen Jones and his increasing influence in management, it's that he doesn't let personal feelings affect his decisions as much as his father.

For now, Brandon Carr is still a Cowboy. Make of it what you will.

 


Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

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With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

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BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


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Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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