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Canty Speaks About His Chances In Dallas

Bryson Treece



Cowboys Blog - Canty Speaks About His Chances In Dallas

Today, Nick Eatman of spoke with Chris Canty regarding his status as a free agent defensive end come late tonight, here's what Canty had to say.

[quote_colored name="Chris Canty" icon_quote="no"]I'll start by saying this ... I would love to stay in Dallas," Canty said. "But I don't think that the Cowboys are going to afford me that opportunity. You have to be somewhat realistic when you're talking about the opportunity that free agency presents for a player financially. It's just one of those things - you have to capitalize on that when you have the leverage. Players really don't have leverage very often in the NFL, so when you do have that leverage, you have to capitalize on that.[/quote_colored]

It's nothing new that Canty wants a deal similar to that of Oakland's Tommy Kelly who got a seven year deal worth $50.5 million with more than $18 million in guaranteed money. But most in the Dallas area feel that Canty didn't play well enough to warrant such a pricey contract.

There are likely to be several teams that disagree with Dallas fans though, as Washington and Miami are both already interested, and it's possible that teams like Denver and Green Bay could be interested as well. The Packers are switching from their long-time used 4-3 scheme to the new fad of the league, the 3-4 defense. They are missing some key elements to make the switch personnel-wise, and are figured to go after a few 3-4 players in free agency and the draft.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, are letting Canty test the market and the overwhelming consensus is that the team won't pay that kind of money for Canty; he simply did not earn it.

It also factors into it that Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher should be here next year, and neither has done anything to warrant their backup status. With Canty out of the way, and possibly a defensive end acquisition in the third or fourth round of the draft, we should be in for some heavy competition at defensive end this summer.

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  • bags030404

    While I do not disagree with the players view in capitalizing and searching for a multi year large paying contract (is that not what we all want?) Can someone please show what Tommy Kelly did to deserve the large contract that he got? and is this not just like stealing? I mean recieving pay to be one thing, and not being able to produce that worth? Then again this is the NFL (Not For Long)!

  • BTreece

    It’s more like the foundation of American business anymore. We’ve all seen products advertised on tv that are supposed to do something that they can’t even come close to doing.
    The difference is that those products don’t cost millions of dollars, and they don’t cause thousands of fans to pay money to see them not do their job.
    So, I’m all for the Redskins getting Canty, especially if they also land Haynesworth.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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