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Connecting The Current Dallas Cowboys To Every Team In The NFL

RJ Ochoa



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The NFL is the land of parity.

We've seen teams with the Number One Overall Pick in the Draft make the playoffs that year. We've seen Head Coaches win the Super Bowl in their first year with that franchise. It seems like every year a team goes from last place in their Division to winning it the next year. In the National Football League, literally anything is possible.

Cowboys Headlines - Connecting The Current Dallas Cowboys To Every Team In The NFL

It's that word - parity - that makes the NFL what it is. People get bored with the NBA and MLB because it's the same teams dominating every season. If you're not one of them, you're out of luck. Womp womp. Not in the NFL, though.

One of the coolest things that comes out every season is the NFL Circle of Parity. It's a circle that illustrates how Team A beat Team B and Team B beat Team C, so on and so forth. A circle can be drawn to connect it all together.

In the spirit of this circle of life (also the name of the greatest Disney song ever), I wanted to see how the 2016 Dallas Cowboys are connected to every team in the NFL. Players change teams, coaches change teams, players have family on other teams... somehow, someway everyone is connected.

Here's how our Cowboys are connected to every team in the NFL.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys: Duh.

New York Giants: Head Coach Jason Garrett played for the New York Giants in 2000.

Philadelphia Eagles: Defensive Tackle Cedric Thornton was drafted by the Eagles in 2012 and played for them through 2015 before signing with the Cowboys this offseason.

Washington Redskins: Running Back Alfred Morris was drafted by the Redskins in 2012 and played for them through 2015 before the Dallas Cowboys brilliantly stole him.

NFC North

Chicago Bears: Assistant Offensive Line Coach Marc Colombo played for the Bears from 2002-2005.

Detroit Lions: Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli served as the Head Coach of the Lions from 2006-2008, and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Offensive Coordinator for the Lions from 2009-2013.

Green Bay Packers: Assistant Secondary Coach Joe Baker coached the Green Bay secondary/safeties in 2005.

Minnesota Vikings: Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Vikings Offensive Coordinator from 2002-2004.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons: Quarterbacks Coach Wade Wilson played for the Falcons in 1992.

Carolina Panthers: Defensive Tackle Terrell McClain was drafted by Carolina in 2011.

New Orleans Saints: Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Brett Bech was a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints from 1996-1999.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia coached in Tampa Bay (with a variety of responsibilities) from 2002-2010.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals: Senior Offensive Assistant Steve Loney was the Arizona Offensive Line Coach in 2006.

Los Angeles Rams: Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan served as the Head Coach of the Rams, at the time in St. Louis, from 2006-2008.

San Francisco 49ers: Offensive Lineman Joe Looney was drafted by the 49ers in 2012.

Seattle Seahawks: Defensive End Benson Mayowa signed with the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2013.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Offensive Assistant Stephen Brown served as the Assistant to the Head Coach/Special Teams Assistant for Buffalo from 2013-2014.

Miami Dolphins: Head Coach Jason Garrett began his NFL coaching career as the Quarterbacks Coach for the Dolphins, a position he held through 2006 before being named the Offensive Coordinator of the Cowboys in 2007.

New England Patriots: Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Mike Woicik served in the same role with the Patriots from 2000-2010.

New York Jets: Cornerback Josh Thomas played one game for the Jets in 2014.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Troubled Linebacker Rolando McClain spent the 2013 season, technically, as a member of the Ravens roster.

Cincinnati Bengals: Tight Ends Coach Mike Pope coached the tight ends and served as Offensive Coordinator for the Bengals from 1992-1993.

Cleveland Browns: Passing Game Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus coached the Cleveland linebackers from 2009-2010.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide Receiver Devin Street hails from the University of Pittsburgh. The Pitt Panthers share a training facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

AFC South

Houston Texans: Offensive Line Coach Frank Pollack served as the Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Texans from 2007-2011.

Indianapolis Colts: Linebacker Henoc Muamba spent the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Linebacker Justin Durant was drafted in by Jacksonville in the 2nd Round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Tennessee Titans: Offensive Lineman Joe Looney played for the Titans in 2015.

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Defensive Tackles Coach Leon Lett played for the Denver Broncos in 2001.

Kansas City Chiefs: Cornerback Brandon Carr was drafted by the Chiefs in 2008 and played for them through 2011 before signing with the Dallas Cowboys as a Free Agent in 2012.

Oakland Raiders: Wide Receiver Brice Butler was drafted by the Raiders in 2013 and was traded to the Cowboys during the 2015 season.

San Diego Chargers: Linebacker Andrew Gachkar was drafted by the Chargers in 2011 and played for them through 2014 until he signed with the Dallas Cowboys last offseason.

What other connections to the NFL can you come up with for the current Dallas Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!


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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

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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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

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.

Jane Slater on Twitter

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.

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



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.

David Moore on Twitter

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.

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