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Cowboys en Español: Adrian Peterson, Previo a la Agencia Libre, Despedida Tony Romo y Más

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Editor's Note: Beginning this week, we are starting a new series for our Spanish speaking friends in need of better Dallas Cowboys coverage. Contributor Mauricio Rodriguez is a Mexican resident so who better to cater Cowboys news for readers south of the border.

En Inside The Star, siempre hemos intentado dar la mejor información y el mejor contenido a ustedes, los lectores. Sabiendo que existe una gran afición de los Dallas Cowboys en muchas partes del mundo, iniciaré esta sección semanal para todos los aficionados de habla hispana.

Les doy la bienvenida a la primera edición de esta nueva sección y los invito a disfrutarla, aquí vamos.

Esta semana hubo varios movimientos alrededor de la NFL. Jugadores fueron etiquetados, cortados e incluidos en rumores con otros equipos. Aunque los Dallas Cowboys no hayan hecho algún movimiento hasta este punto, sin duda tendrán un offseason bastante interesante. Al ser el equipo más popular y valioso de la liga, siempre estarán en la conversación. Eso es parte de ser los Dallas Cowboys.

Rumores de Adrian Peterson a Dallas

Año tras año, Adrian Peterson se ve envuelto en algún tipo de rumor con los Cowboys. Es algo inevitable. Después de obtener a Ezekiel Elliott hace un año, y verlo ser posiblemente el mejor corredor de la NFL en su año de novato, yo pensé que este año no veríamos esta conversación. Me equivoqué.

Los Vikings cortaron a Adrian Peterson esta semana convirtiéndose en un agente libre. Muchos fans y analistas rápidamente se dieron a la tarea de vincular a AD con los Cowboys, pero francamente no tiene caso.

Ya no necesitamos a un Peterson en nuestro equipo. Tenemos a Zeke. Es hora de buscarle un banca joven en el Draft para el largo plazo, no de traer a un veterano como Adrian Peterson.

Previo a la Agencia Libre

La próxima semana, después del NFL Combine, la Agencia Libre comenzará. Sabemos que Jerry Jones y compañía no tienden a hacer movimientos grandes durante esta temporada, pero hay varios temas interesantes aún así. Aún con un bajo espacio salarial de 3.31M de dólares, Dallas podría hacer algo este año.

Terrance WilliamsEl receptor que toda su vida ha jugado en Texas, posiblemente este esperando su final en Dallas. Posiblemente incluso los Cowboys estén esperando su final con él. Pero Terrance Williams no ha hecho lo suficiente para conseguir un contrato grande con otro equipo.

Este año, Wide Receiver es una de las posiciones más profundas en el Draft y hay muchos agentes libres de esta posición que serán tomados en cuenta antes que Williams. Además Williams no ha mostrado ser capaz de sustituir a Dez Bryant cuando este ha salido lesionado. No creo que Williams regresé a Dallas este año a menos que sea por un contrato bastante barato.

Cornerbacks: Nuestra defensiva es el punto débil de nuestro equipo y eso está claro. Este año los Cowboys tienen que tomar decisiones en cuanto a Brandon Carr y Morris Claiborne. Ambos se convierten en agentes libres y retener a ambos será difícil. Morris por fin tuvo los resultados que se esperaban de él al estar sano, pero termino perdiéndose los últimos ocho juegos de la temporada.

En cuanto a Brandon Carr, hay mucha discusión acerca de su nivel de juego. Creo que mostró mucha mejoría en el 2016 y podría ser extendido por Dallas. Esto será cuestión de si creen que Morris Claiborne se puede mantener sano y no se volverá a lesionar como ha sucedido mucho en su carrera.

Posibles Adquisiciones

Como mencioné anteriormente, es conocido que Dallas no hace grandes movimientos durante la agencia libre. Es raro que busquen a otro jugador. No creo que los Cowboys deban gastar en ofensiva esta agencia libre, pero creo que hay dos jugadores defensivos disponibles que pueden ser objetivos este año.

DeMarcus Ware: Hace unos meses escribí un artículo acerca de esta posibilidad más a fondo. El jueves surgieron reportes de nuevo acerca del veterano volviendo una última temporada a Dallas.

El objetivo sería firmarlo con un contrato barato, y usarlo solamente en situaciones de pase. Por la edad y su salud, Ware ya no sería tan efectivo jugando todos los downs. Tendría que ser un especialista en pass rush. Con tantos jugadores jóvenes como David Irving, DeMarcus Ware podría funcionar hasta como un veterano que les enseñe.

Chris Long: Chris Long anunció esta semana que ya no estaría con los New England Patriots después de ganar un anillo con ellos en Febrero. El año pasado firmó con los Patriots por 2.3 M de dólares, lo cual lo hace un candidato legítimo para Dallas.

Un jugador veterano que atendería la necesidad más grande del equipo y que el año pasado pudo participar en 741 snaps, no sería una mala opción para los Dallas Cowboys.

Tony Romo

Después de ser una de las historias más populares en la NFL en el 2016, Romo sigue siendo uno de los temas principales este Marzo, 2017. Se acerca la hora que llevamos esperando ya mucho tiempo, en la que Tony Romo dejará de ser parte de la mejor franquicia, los Dallas Cowboys. Yo esperaría ver este movimiento después del NFL Combine.

Un trade ya no parece ser una opción y todas las señales apuntan a que el QB veterano será cortado por el equipo. Se espera que esto suceda en algún punto de la próxima semana y uno de los principales equipos en esta conversación son los Denver Broncos (Adivinen contra quien se enfrentan los Cowboys este 2017, así es... los Broncos). Sea donde sea que termine Tony Romo, de mi parte le deseo lo mejor y le agradezco por todos los años que dio lo mejor de él por este equipo.

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3 Comments

  1. carlos cortez

    March 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Muy buen blog. Ya hacía falta alguien qie escribiera sobre los Cowboys en español

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      March 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      ¡Gracias Carlos! Esta sección se publicará semanalmente para todos los fans de habla hispana, gracias por leernos.

  2. Rich

    March 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    No comprendo

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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