The 2017 NFL Free Agency period has been a seemingly uneventful one for the Dallas Cowboys. While most people have been waiting for the Tony Romo shoe to drop, a lot of players from a team that was at the center of the NFL universe last season have been poached by other clubs. The picking and choosing continued on Thursday when word trickled out that cornerback Morris Claiborne is expected to sign with the New York Jets.
Former Cowboys' CB Morris Claiborne is expected to sign with the Jets, per league source. CB market now moving.
News regarding Morris Claiborne's departure came minutes - literally, a few minutes! - after word was announced that cornerback Brandon Carr has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens (a shocking move in and of itself considering Carr was mulling over retirement). These moves mere minutes apart brought to an end what Rob Ryan thought was going to be a revolutionary cornerback tandem in the spring of 2012.
Morris Claiborne's time in the blue and silver has been rocky at best. The Cowboys traded up to grab the LSU standout with the 6th Overall Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, forfeiting their 2nd Round Pick. At the time many celebrated a hopeful future in the Dallas secondary, but that future was never realized as Claiborne lacked both the confidence and physical durability to ever meet his true potential.
An offseason ago Morris Claiborne and the Cowboys reached a one-year "prove it" deal, where Mo bet on himself to have a campaign that would reward him with a fantastic long-term contract. He was off to a great start - Cowboys fans originally wanted him extended in the early fall - before suffering an injury that would essentially end his season on October 30th during an overtime win against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Morris Claiborne has accounted for four interceptions while donning the Cowboys uniform, but perhaps none was more impressive than the one he pulled off on October 6th, 2013. That day the Cowboys and Broncos squared off for one of the most exciting games in NFL History. Peyton Manning was in the middle of what would ultimately become the finest statistical season that any quarterback has ever had. He threw his first interception of the season that day... a ball that landed in the hands of Morris Claiborne.
Fair thee well, Morris. Hopefully the Big Apple brings with it the confidence you seek and health stability you require. Thanks for the memories - what little there were - and for giving up one of the coolest possible jersey numbers to a new player, #24.
Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup
Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.
Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman
Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.
In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.
Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.
BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year
For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.
Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.
Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.
In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.
Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.
The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.
Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers
When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.
Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.
Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.
A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.
This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.
If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.
Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.
Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.
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