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Cowboys Embark On 2015 With High Expectations, High Ticket Prices

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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 TotallyTickets.com, 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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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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.



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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.



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REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight

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Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford Kicked Off Thursday Flight

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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