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Cowboys Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur an Underrated Free Agent

Jess Haynie

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L.P. Ladouceur

The second-longest tenured player for the Dallas Cowboys, behind tight end Jason Witten, is long snapper L.P. Ladouceur. Since 2005, he has handled his duty with true perfection. That's why he's still here, but his contract is expiring and a return is yet to be finalized.

The five-year deal that Ladouceur signed in 2013 has run out. His cap hit the last three season has been $1.2 million; a fair price for a long snapper who never makes an error. It's a price the Cowboys should be happy to pay again if Ladouceur wishes to extend his career.

But with L.P. turning 37 in March, one must wonder how much longer he wants to keep playing. His job doesn't have nearly the same wear and tear as other NFL positions, but it does have most of the same requirements of time spent away from family.

Ladouceur has a daughter who just turned five in December.

L.P. Ladouceur

Long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur in his natural position. (AP Photo/James D Smith)

Bringing back Ladouceur back in 2018 may be more critical than ever for the Cowboys after the struggles of kicker Dan Bailey last season.

Bailey was a career-worst 75% on field goals last year. This was most likely due to a lower leg injury that took him out of some games and he tried to play through in others, but it still may have had an adverse effect on Dan's confidence.

If the Cowboys are worried about Bailey getting back to his usual self, they may be looking to keep everything around him and stable as possible. Trying out new long snappers this offseason would be a counterproductive.

Dallas has yet to replace Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who left the team last month to go join Jon Gruden in Oakland. Perhaps the new coach could have an impact on their decision with Ladouceur, depending on who else the coach might have connections with in the league.

Still, it's hard to replace perfection. L.P. Ladouceur has never been credited with a bad snap since entering the NFL in 2005.

Given that, the Cowboys have no reason to look elsewhere. As long as L.P. keeps wanting to play and keeps operating at maximum efficiency, the team should look to extend the relationship as long as possible.



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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!



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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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Robert Quinn

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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