Last week Bryan Broaddus reported that he “heard through the walls” at Valley Ranch the Cowboys were looking at a contract extension for Demarco Murray. With all the comings and goings around Valley Ranch and talk of contract extensions for Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith, Murray has become the forgotten man.
If you think about it, this wouldn’t be the first time Murray would play the role of the forgotten man. Just go back and look at the first half of last season or seasons passed to see that Murray getting the ball wasn’t top priority. But for now, we’ll let that be a topic for a different day.
Murray put up career high numbers this past season in all categories
He rushed for over 1,121 yards on just 217 attempts which averaged out to just over five yards a pop. And on top of that he scored 9 touchdowns. Oh, one more thing - out of the back field he caught 53 passes for 350 yards and a TD.
Murray is an excellent running back. He’s big, strong, and has good speed and vision. And one part of his game that gets overlooked is his pass protection; he’s an excellent pass blocker which is a very important attribute to have in the Cowboys' pass-happy offense.
Looking at those numbers and seeing the skill-set you would wonder what the Cowboys were waiting on, right? Well, let’s take a look at one more career high number Murray put up last season.
Murray played in 14 games last season. Since coming into the league 13 games played was his career high, and he achieved that his rookie season. Everyone that keeps up with the Cowboys knows Murray has trouble staying healthy for an entire season.
Since his rookie year he’s had a broken ankle that caused him to miss the last three games in 2011. In 2012 he had a sprained right foot that kept him out of 6 games. And at the start of 2013 he had a pulled muscle that kept him out of some of the teams off-season program or (OTA’S). But his injury problems didn’t stop there; Murray had a knee injury which caused him to miss two games of the 2013 season.
If Murray wouldn’t have put up the numbers he did, including games played in '13, there would be no question that the Cowboys should let him walk. But here’s the thing - he did - and did it very well.
We have a very talented 26-year-old running back who just came off a career year (And some could argue he wasn’t fully utilized and still put up those numbers). However, he just can’t find a way to stay on the field for an entire season... yet.
These kinds of decisions have become the norm around Valley Ranch these days, and Murray isn’t the first Cowboy who’s been dubbed high risk - high reward as of late. For example, recently acquired Defensive tackle Henry Melton, Dez Bryant, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter, and let’s throw Romo’s name in there as well.
Jerry Jones isn’t afraid to take a chance on a player.
So if you were Jerry and Stephen Jones, would you give Demarco Murray a contract extension now? Or, would you let him play out the season and see if he can finally put it all together?
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB 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.
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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