There have been several updates this week regarding current and former Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen, all of which are relevant to their playing status for 2018. Here's a quick summary of the current happenings.
Randy Gregory Reinstatement
First up is Randy Gregory's quest to be reinstated to the NFL this year. The former second-round pick, who's basically missed two seasons with drug suspensions, is reportedly on the right path and will be giving the commissioner plenty of material to consider.
Along with passed drug tests and testimony from various parties, Gregory's own Cowboys teammates have thrown their voices into the appeal.
Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford has spoken to the league the last couple of weeks asking for suspended DR Randy Gregory to be reinstated. He said it's best for Gregory to be around the team.
Add Sean Lee and Jeff Heath to the list of Cowboys who have written letters to the league on Randy Gregory's behalf per source informed https://t.co/2hfbGMqLRA
Not only would Randy's return be a great personal triumph for the 25-year-old, but he could fill a real void on the Cowboys defense line as a weak-side rusher. Gregory's athleticism and potential to take on NFL left tackles is why he was a high second-rounder despite the baggage, and why Dallas continues to hope for his return.
David Irving Investigation
Last month, reports that David Irving was being investigated by police for domestic violence came out. Quickly, this appeared to be caused by false accusations from an angry ex-girlfriend.
Thankfully, it appears that the police have drawn the same conclusion.
Frisco (TX) Police, who were investigating a since-recanted allegation of domestic violence against #Cowboys DE David Irving, closed his case yesterday, I'm told. The file was made inactive. This arose when a former girlfriend hacked his twitter account in late April.
After what the Cowboys went through last year with Ezekiel Elliott, any accusations of domestic violence were concerning. As we saw then, Roger Goodell doesn't have any burden of proof before he can decide to suspend a player. What's more, his process is clearly biased towards public relations over actual facts.
Of course, all we had in Zeke's case was an accuser without any police action. But that accuser stuck to her story, why Irving's has already recanted.
Hopefully, that's enough to keep the Clown Commish out of David's life.
Terrell McClain Reunion
While it went from a Tuesday dinner to a Wednesday breakfast, the veteran defensive tackle is meeting with the Cowboys this week. McClain, who was with Dallas from 2014-2016, was recently cut by Washington and is a free agent.
Cowboys exec Will McClay having breakfast right now inside The Star w FA Terrell McClain, per @BryanBroaddus and @1053thefan https://t.co/Hlwv1glkE4
With defensive tackle a high priority going into the 2018 draft, Dallas did not come away with any new talent for the position. Bringing back McClain, who was a standout for the team during their 2016 playoff run, could be a big move toward solidifying the entire defensive line next year.
That they're even taking the time to meet says a lot. The team knows the player well, and vice versa. They wouldn't waste their time without some serious interest.
We'll see if Jerry Jones and Will McClay even let McClain leave town before signing him to a new contract.
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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