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Cowboys en Español: ¿Qué Pasará Si Ezekiel Elliott Es Suspendido?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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En julio, la falta de noticias y contenido relacionado con la NFL puede llegar a ser muy desesperante y aburrido. Estamos ansiosos por escuchar algo relacionado con nuestros equipos y jugadores favoritos. Anhelamos las noticias de los Cowboys. Pero estos últimos días, todos los aficionados de la Estrella Solitaria hubieran preferido que no hubiera noticias.

El corredor estrella Ezekiel Elliott tuvo una racha de días complicada y los rumores y reportes abundaron esta semana. La conversación en el mundo de los Cowboys en estos momentos gira alrededor de Zeke y de si sufrirá o no una suspensión.

La semana pasada, Adam Schefter reportó que la investigación de la NFL sobre el caso de violencia doméstica sobre Elliott podría llegar a su fin pronto y que el RB (running back) podría ser castigado y suspendido.

Cuando los rumores se calmaron, surgieron reportes de que Zeke había estado involucrado en un altercado en un bar en Dallas. 

¿Lo suspenderán o no? Es la pregunta que todos los fans tenemos en la cabeza. Sin embargo, en esta edición de Cowboys en Español, no discutiremos si será castigado por la liga o no. La información hasta este momento no es muy concreta y no se puede más que especular al respecto.

Más bien discutiremos, ¿qué pasará con la posición de corredor si Elliott llega a ser suspendido?

¿Deberían los Cowboys Buscar Ayuda Externa? ¿O Buscar Dentro del Equipo?

Inevitablemente, los aficionados de los Cowboys se han lanzado a esta discusión. Si Ezekiel Elliott es suspendido, ¿será suficiente con los RBs que están en el roster actualmente?

La respuesta, en mi opinión, es sí.

Elliott Suspension Or Not, Darren McFadden Critical to Cowboys' Offense

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Darren McFadden #20

Los Cowboys cuentan con Darren McFadden, quien es indiscutiblemente el corredor número dos detrás de Ezekiel Elliott. El año pasado, antes de que McFadden volviera, Morris estuvo cubriendo al corredor estrella durante casi todos los segundos cuartos para aligerar la carga a Elliott.

McFadden volvió de su lesión y no tardó en tomar el lugar de Morris. McFadden es esencial para el éxito de los Cowboys este año y más aún si ocurre la suspensión que tanto tememos.

McFadden es mejor que cualquier agente libre disponible en este momento y sin duda alguna será capaz de sustituir a Ezekiel Elliott si es necesario. No será lo mismo, pero con esta línea ofensiva y con Dak Prescott entrando a su mejor año, será suficiente.

Salary Cap Crunch: Do Cowboys Go With 2-time Pro Bowler Or Former RD1 Pick?

Dallas Cowboys Running Back Alfred Morris #46

En redes sociales, en artículos anteriores y en mi programa, Primero Cowboys, he hablado de Alfred Morris. He hablado de que los Cowboys quizá deberían cortar al corredor para abrir un poco más de espacio en el tope salarial.

Sin embargo, las cosas cambian. Y con la incertidumbre alrededor de la disponibilidad de Ezekiel Elliott para el inicio de la temporada es motivo suficiente para aferrarse a Morris. Los Cowboys son un equipo que basa su ofensiva en el juego terrestre. Tener profundidad para sobrevivir partidos sin Elliott será totalmente necesario para ganar.

El novato Jahad Thomas ha llamado la atención en los entrenamientos y bien podría ser un corredor estilo Lance Dunbar. Rod Smith podría terminar en el roster si los Cowboys deciden separarse de Alfred Morris.

Hay bastantes nombres en el equipo que nos dan confianza de que la temporada no esté perdida si la NFL decide suspender a Elliott, principalmente McFadden.

En este momento, no sabemos si Elliott será suspendido dos, cuatro, seis o más partidos. Ni siquiera estamos seguro de que vaya a ser suspendido. En este momento, no es más que pura especulación. Como mencioné al inicio del artículo, estamos hablando de que pasará si llega a serlo.

Sinceramente, pienso que buscar un corredor fuera del equipo para sustituir a Zeke sería un error y dudo mucho que Dallas lo haga. Los Cowboys tienen un calendario difícil, pero viendo los primeros seis, pensar que los Cowboys pueden ganar cuatro no me parece descabellado.

  • Contra New York Giants
  • En Denver Broncos
  • En Arizona Cardinals
  • Contra Los Angeles Rams
  • Contra Green Bay Packers
  • En San Francisco 49ers

Una suspensión para Elliott seguro dolerá, pero probablemente no será nada que comprometerá la temporada si es una suspensión de seis o menos juegos. Claro, lo hará mucho más difícil. Pero afortunadamente tenemos la línea ofensiva que tenemos, el QB que tenemos y el grupo de receptores que tenemos.

¿Crees que Darren McFadden es la opción correcta para los Cowboys?

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I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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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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