When it was announced the Washington Redskins were moving on from defensive tackle Terrell McClain, a reunion with the Cowboys seemed all-too-perfect. After all, the Cowboys did not address their defensive tackle situation during the NFL Draft, and McClain filled the role really well when with the team in 2016.
Later in the week, however, it was announced that McClain will be signing with the Atlanta Falcons; further bolstering their impressive roster and directly improving an NFC foe.
But now we must ask, what's next for the Cowboys at 1-technique?
As of now it appears that the Cowboys interior defensive line depth chart features players who are all better suited to play 3-technique, though Maliek Collins was serviceable playing at 1-technique in 2017. Collins is now reportedly dealing with a broken foot which will put him out for much of the offseason programs, however.
The best interior defensive lineman on this roster is David Irving. And while he has been a bit unreliable in terms of suspension and injury, Irving's play has been downright dominant at times. He is a strong pass rushing threat from the 3-technique, and could work at nose if needed when the Cowboys go to their 3-2-6 package.
He isn't a 1-technique, though.
The Cowboys did trade for former Raiders defensive tackle Jihad Ward, but he doesn't really fit the 1-technique mold either. Ward worked at both tackle and end for the Raiders, and while I do believe he can bring some interior pass rush, he is far from the butt-kicking nose this roster so desperately needs.
Dallas seems relatively okay with allowing their current guys figure it out upfront, as they haven't really pursued any free agent defensive tackles besides McClain. So, if that is the case, the question really becomes how good can Brian Price and Richard Ash be for them in 2018?
Much of the fan base had hoped Brian Price could fill that need when called upon last season, but he was forced to have knee surgery in November and miss the back half of the 2017 season. Richard Ash saw increased time when Price went out, and at 320 pounds he certainly looks the part of a 1-technique.
But, once again, Ash isn't exactly a world-beater. Both he and Price are nice pieces to consider, but there's no guarantee that both (or either) will make the team. In fact, it's probably likely that only one will be on the final roster considering how the Cowboys structure their depth chart and value defensive line versatility.
The Cowboys have a need for a 1-technique, and we really cannot be sure that the player to fill that need is currently on the roster.
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: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE 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.
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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