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Cowboys Embark On 2015 With High Expectations, High Ticket Prices

Tim Dolan



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The Dallas Cowboys built a foundation for success in 2014, as they used an overpowering offensive line to spark a very strong running game and pass attack, en route to nabbing last year’s NFC East title. They even won their first playoff game in many years, and if not for a very controversial call, they would have found themselves in the NFC Championship Game.

Last year’s success doesn’t guarantee the Cowboys anything going into 2015. DeMarco Murray is gone from the backfield with no clear replacement, Tony Romo is one year older, and the defense is still a question mark. Those very red flags could still end up being positives, however. Joseph Randle averaged 6.7 yards per carry in limited action and could easily be the answer at running back, Romo could be as sharp and as seasoned as ever, and a healthy Sean Lee and Greg Hardy could give the Dallas defense the precise jolt it needs.

Questions aside, the pieces are still there from an overall perspective for these Cowboys to pick up right where they left off, win another division title and go even further in the playoffs. It’s just another reason why Dallas Cowboys tickets are such a hot commodity, just as they seemingly always are. With the rest of the competition entering the new campaign with some sort of uncertainty, the Cowboys could very well emerge from the pack once again in securing another division championship.

The jump up doesn’t really help the price of Dallas Cowboys tickets on the year (a healthy $267.60 on average), but that’s to be expected with a winning team in an expensive and still relatively new stadium. While fans can brace themselves for some understandably hefty home games like battles with the Giants on September 13 ($284.78 on average, $86 for the cheap seats), the defending champion Patriots on October 11 ($458.67, $191), and a November 1 clash with the Seahawks ($336.67, $120), they can also appreciate value when they see it.

Fans can get a killer bargain for the ’Boys final preseason game of the year, being just $68.17 on average when they tangle with their in-state rival, the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, their cheapest regular season date at AT&T Stadium occurs on September 27 when Dallas collides with the high-powered Atlanta Falcons, with tickets averaging $226.01 on the secondary market according to, while the get-in price sits at $60.

At the same time, their Week 17 showdown with the division rival Washington Redskins may offer the most value at home. While tickets are averaging $251.79 for this contest, with a get-in price of $57, it offers the most potential in terms of the implications that could be at stake, as more times than not in recent years, the NFC East has been decided in the final game of the season. Meanwhile, for fans wondering what their cheapest game of the regular season is, that would be their road date in Buffalo when they square off with the Bills. Tickets for this affair are averaging $193.47 on the secondary market.

For just about any other team, the prices wouldn’t be so unforgiving, but since this is the Cowboys -- arguably still recognized as “America’s Team” throughout the country -- tickets aren’t exactly cheap. And now, for the first time in several years, Dallas is a perennial top contender in the NFC, which only adds to the intrigue of attending their games. They certainly have the pieces to sustain their success, with one of the best offensive lines in football. Furthermore, they have a top quarterback in Romo, and perhaps the most dangerous wide receiver in all of football at the moment, that of course being Dez Bryant. If the defense can outperform what they did a year ago, Cowboys fans just might be looking at a “super” season.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys: How “Position-Flex” Has Handcuffed The 2015 Draft Class

Kevin Brady



Byron Jones

Over the last few years the Dallas Cowboys have placed a high level of importance on "position flex." They've drafted Swiss-Army knife players which could be moved around to different positions on the field.

By drafting players like Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods last year, as well as Byron Jones in 2015, the Cowboys have tried to find these versatile players who can be used in multiple ways.

While this seems great on paper, this strategy has handcuffed the majority of their 2015 Draft Class, and is a key reason why the Cowboys seem to be in such a tough spot.

Byron Jones

The Cowboys' first round pick in 2015, Byron Jones, quickly became a favorite of mine during his rookie season. Incredibly athletic, long, and skilled in coverage, Jones was able to be both a fantastic cover cornerback and a solid middle-of-the-field safety due to his range.

Due to both injuries to his teammates, and Jones' own versatility, the Cowboys coaching staff couldn't keep Jones in just one spot. Once they discovered how great he was in man coverage against tight ends, they became enamored with trying to play him in the box.

Once in the box, Jones' struggles as a run defender were highlighted, and both the organization and the fans soured on him quickly.

Now it is rumored that Byron Jones will be moving back to cornerback full time. And while I do hope this is the case, the fact that he is in year four, and the Cowboys haven't been able to find their first round pick a permanent home is a huge indictment on their ability to evaluate and develop talent.

Chaz Green

Okay, hear me out.

The former third round pick of the 2015 Draft was brought in to be the swing tackle for the Cowboys his rookie year. Mainly due to injuries, Green did not see the field for much of his first two seasons. When he did fill in for Tyron Smith at left tackle in 2016, however, Green was very effective.

Of course, Chaz Green's last appearance with the Cowboys was ugly, giving up a plethora of sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. But Dallas might've made their own bed with Green during the beginning of the 2017 season, when they attempted to move him to left guard full time.

Instead of getting the increased work at tackle, and continuing to work as the swing tackle for the team in case of injury, Dallas started Green at left guard early on in the year. He struggled trying to move positions, and looked even worse when trying to move back to tackle.

Once again, the position flex bit the Cowboys right in the backside.

La'el Collins

It's 2018 and we are still talking about what position to play La'el Collins on the offensive line. And that is solely on the coaching staff and front office, not Collins.

Collins was brought in as an undrafted free agent in 2015, but was widely regarded as a first round pick heading into that draft. Though he started at left tackle at LSU, Dallas shifted Collins inside to left guard in 2015. After taking over for Ronald Leary as the starter, Collins produced highlight blocks week after week.

Injuries shortened his 2016 campaign, but heading into 2017 the Cowboys decided to shift him back out to right tackle. Despite some early struggles, Collins progressed nicely throughout the year and became a solid starting right tackle. Plus, he has the upside to become one of the top right tackles in the league.

Instead, it is now being rumored the Cowboys might move him back to guard for 2018. And with that news, I continue to pull my hair out over the position-flex decisions this coaching staff and front office like to make.

If the Cowboys want to get the most out of each draft class, and effectively develop their talent, they need to let those players actually develop, rather than move them around each season. Hopefully they now understand this, and allow both Byron Jones and La'el Collins to reach their full potential.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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