It may be old news by now, but the Dallas Cowboys seem to have a knack for finding undrafted players that are able to contribute to the team in several different ways.
Quarterback Tony Romo is arguably the best rookie free agent signing the organization has ever made, but there are also several current players on the roster that have become key contributors as well.
Barry Church, Cole Beasley, Dan Bailey, La'el Collins, Ronald Leary, Jeff Heath, Lance Dunbar, and Lucky Whitehead all went undrafted and all have been able to find a place as either a starter or as a role player with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys' success at being able to find these players that have slipped through the crack is uncanny and I personally think there are a few undrafted players in this year's crop that could possibly have the same type of success.
In fact, wide receiver Andy Jones received the opportunity to practice with the first-team offense during mini-camp and could possibly have a chance of making a final 53 man roster. Jones might have a leg up on the competition amongst the rookie free agents, but it's another WR that has caught my eye.
Wide receiver Ed Eagan is a player I will be paying particularly close attention to during training and he is someone I think that could possibly be the Cowboys next undrafted free agent hidden gem.
Northwestern State receiver Ed Eagan was a premier kick returner in college He finished as the school's all-time leader in career receptions (177), receiving yards (2,228), and all-purpose yards (5,651). He was also the school's leader in kickoff returns (125), single-season kickoff return yards (1,045), single-season kickoff attempts (45), and kickoff return yards (2,922).
Sound like a player the Dallas Cowboys can use?
Ed Eagan was a last-minute addition to the Senior Bowl where he first met the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. It's a meeting that is probably the sole reason why Eagan is now competing for a roster spot with the Cowboys organization.
After not hearing his name called in the 2016 NFL Draft, Eagan had initially committed to sign with the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Jason Garrett decided to step in and convinced him to sign with the Dallas Cowboys.
Eagan was an outside receiver in college, but was moved into the slot at the Senior Bowl. That is likely where he will be used in the NFL because of his size (5'11", 193), but he has all of the tools necessary to succeed at the next level as either an outside or slot receiver.
One of the reasons why I like Ed Eagan is because of his versatility to contribute not only as a wide receiver, but on special teams as well. His special teams ability is likely what will earn him a roster spot, but don't discount what he can do as a WR.
His speed (4.32 40 yard dash) is something that sets him apart from other WRs on the Cowboys roster and it's something that makes him dangerous as a player. Speed is something that the Cowboys offense can use more of and Eagan definitely qualifies in that category.
Now, I think Ed Eagan definitely has a difficult hill to climb in order to prove he is worthy of earning a roster spot. I personally don't see the Cowboys carrying more than five wide receivers and with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Brice Butler locked in as the top four, it leaves a lot of WRs competing for that one last remaining spot.
As much as I hate to say it, I don't see Lucky Whitehead is a lock to make the team and I think that is who Eagan will have to prove he's better than in order to make the final 53 man roster. It might all come down to who is the better player on special teams or who can contribute in more areas.
Personally, I'm really looking forward to seeing how this battle shakes out between #13 and #85 in training camp.
Ed Eagan will definitely have to set himself apart from the other wide receivers, but there are a lot of things to like about him as a football player. That is why I think he could be the next undrafted free agent hidden gem for the Dallas Cowboys.
Do you think Ed Eagan is the next hidden gem for the Dallas Cowboys?
Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic. I look forward to hearing from all of you so that we can discuss this further.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
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.
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.
Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL 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.
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.
REPORT: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Has Requested Release
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:
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,... https://t.co/oBgAn2Riqt
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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