The Dallas Cowboys made a move today and signed veteran linebacker Justin Durant to help provide experience to the linebacker position. In order to make room for Durant the Cowboys released defensive tackle Casey Walker.
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The move isn't all that surprising considering that middle linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 season. The Cowboys have a lot of inexperienced linebackers and their reunion with Durant just made too much sense.
Durant spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, but played 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons. He is familiar with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's 4-3 defense and should be able to hit the ground running once training camp kicks off on July 28 in Oxnard, California.
Justin Durant was one of three veteran linebackers that I thought the Dallas Cowboys might be interested in when I first learned of Rolando McClain's suspension, but as you can see from the article he wasn't one of my top choices.
Durant to me is more of a weak side linebacker, so it will be interesting to see where the coaching staff decides to use him and how it will affect some of the younger linebackers currently on the roster.
Putting my own feelings aside, Justin Durant certainly makes a depth at the linebacker position for the Dallas Cowboys look a lot more stable.
Unfortunately, injuries have been a reoccurring theme for Durant throughout his career in the NFL, but the Cowboys obviously believe he can help the defense in 2016.
A one-year contract hardly guarantees Justin Durant a starting job and if one of the younger linebackers can step up and prove themselves in training camp Durant could be looking for another team to play for in 2016.
As things stand right now though, please join me and the rest of us here at Inside The Star in welcoming Justin Durant back to the Dallas Cowboys.
Update: Justin Durant's 1 year contract details revealed.
Veteran LB Justin Durant's 1-year deal with the #Cowboys is worth $965k with $200k fully gtd.
That is a pretty good chunk of change for a linebacker that we all hope is nothing more than a backup for the Dallas Cowboys. That would mean that one of the younger linebackers steps up and proves themselves capable of being the starter.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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