The Dallas Cowboys are 2-1 and have a date set with the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday, but they've had a lot going on in and around their team over the last 48 hours.
The status of Dez Bryant's knee is unknown thanks to the cloud of ambiguity provided by Jerry Jones, DeMarcus Lawrence is supposedly limited (a claim that he denies himself), and La'el Collins is going to Injured Reserve with a foot injury. What did the Cowboys do now? They signed OG Emmett Cleary to give themselves depth along the offensive line.
The Cowboys will sign OG Emmett Cleary in the wake of the La'el Collins injury. Cleary was waived by the NY Giants on Sept. 3.
This move makes a lot of sense as Dallas is now in need of more depth along the Offensive Line due to La'el's injury. In terms of how the Cowboys will make room for Cleary, they will be putting Collins on IR soon.
Who Is Emmett Cleary?
Fun fact about Emmett... he was born in Tokyo!
Cleary comes to us after having spent time with multiple teams in the NFL: Indianapolis, Tampa Bay, Oakland, Cincinnati, and the New York Giants (where he spent 2015 on the practice squad).
SB Nation's Big Blue View had speculated that Cleary might get some work at Right Tackle in New York, which is interesting considering that he's now a Cowboy. The player Cleary is "replacing", La'el Collins, has long been thought of by members of Cowboys Nation as an option out at Right Tackle as opposed to Doug Free. It seems the Cowboys like having options at their bookends.
The Cowboys are moving on without La'el Collins for now. Ronald Leary and Emmett Cleary are the ways that they are doing that. Let's see how it all works out.
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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