You can now add Cowboys Guard Zack Martin to the list of elite NFL players currently skipping voluntary Organized Team Activities. Some are skipping just for veteran rest or to avoid injury, and others like Martin are still trying to work out new contracts with their clubs.
As usual, ESPN's Todd Archer was the first to break the news:
All-Pro right guard Zack Martin did not take part in Tuesday's OTA and it's not clear if he will work in any of them, according to multiple sources. The Cowboys and Martin's agents have been in talks regarding a long-term deal over the last few weeks.... espn.com/espn/now?nowId...
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Le'Veon Bell, Julio Jones, Aaron Donald... many of the best in the business are not currently with their teams for a variety of reasons. "Voluntary" often gets forgotten when it comes to OTAs, and absent players are often portrayed as committing a sin rather than exercising their right.
For a guy like Zack Martin, who is in the middle of a major contract negotiation, avoiding unnecessary injury is just smart policy. One bad moment and he could be like Chargers Tight End Hunter Henry, who has likely suffered a season-ending ACL injury yesterday.
Of course, you'd ideally like all of your players present at any team function. But tens of millions of dollars are on the line for Martin over the next two months, making this a time when the business side of professional football takes precedence.
It's not all bad that he's gone, either.
In Zack's absence, newcomers like Marcus Martin get a chance to work with the first team offense. Those reps could come in handy down the road if the backups ever get called into action during the regular season.
It's far too early to hit any panic buttons about Zack Martin's status with the team. Until he would actually hold out during a mandatory camp, this is just smart business on his part and what happens throughout the league during contract negotiations.
Nothing to see here. Move along.
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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