The first Cowboys coaching rumors of this offseason began with wide receivers coach Derek Dooley, who was reportedly "out the door" last week. Frustrated with his lack of input in Scott Linehan's offense, Dooley pursued other positions around the NFL and NCAA. Yesterday, he was officially named the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri.
Dooley's departure means the Cowboys are now looking for new coaches below Linehan at WR, tight end, and quarterback. Frank Pollack may also be on his way out as the offensive line coach.
Derek Dooley last coached in college at Tennessee, serving as their Head Coach from 2010-2012 before joining the Cowboys. He now returns to his fourth different SEC team, beginning his coaching career at Georgia in 1996. From 2000 until 2004 he coached various positions on offense at LSU.
It also wouldn't be a Dallas Cowboys offseason without speculation on Will McClay's time with the team coming to an end.
The Senior Director of Player Personnel responsible for the Cowboys' new, more analytical, and smarter approach to acquiring talent at the draft and in free agency is now in consideration for the Houston Texans' open GM position.
Two more personnel executives the Texans are interested in for their vacant GM job are Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas and Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay.
Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly wants to conclude interviews for the position next week, and make a hire soon after, so Cowboys Nation won't have to wait long to know if Will McClay is staying in Texas, but leaving America's Team.
Of course, keeping McClay from defecting to the Texans wouldn't mean the Cowboys are clear to keep one of their pivotal front office voices for another year.
In previous seasons, Dallas has been able to discretely give McClay more money (and perhaps influence) to keep him happy constructing the Cowboys' roster into one of the league's most balanced.
Cowboys might pay Will McClay like a GM to prevent the Texans from poaching him via @sportsdaydfw
Whether or not this continues could be a telling sign of the Cowboys' chances at retaining the likes of Matt Eberflus on their coaching staff as well. The linebackers coach and passing game coordinator has generated plenty of interest as a defensive coordinator candidate around the league, a position the Cowboys are not prepared to offer Eberflus with Rod Marinelli in place.
For better or worse, the changes are just beginning in Dallas -- with Derek Dooley's situation now coming full circle on this coaching carousel.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
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