The 2016 off-season has been a busy one for several members of the Dallas Cowboys. This summer several different players, past and present, have decided to take the plunge into matrimony and they figured that the the months of June and July was the right time to tie the knot to their significant others.
I have kind of become the unofficial wedding announcement Staff Writer here at Inside The Star. Over the past several weeks there have been three members of America's Team to get married and the number continues to grow.
Towards the end of June, offensive guard Ronald Leary traded in his pads for a suit and said I do. Then, both linebacker Anthony Hitchens and former safety Matt Johnson decided to use the 4th of July weekend to celebrate their nuptials.
Well, not to be outdone by some of his teammates, offensive guard Zack Martin recently said I do to his longtime girlfriend/fiancé.
A special thank you to @magnanni1 for the amazing footwear and customer service for our wedding day! #magnanni
Zack Martin and the rest of his groomsmen are looking pretty sharp in their blue suits and magnanni footwear.
Is it just me or do those "Cowboy blue" suits make you like Zack Martin even more? It kind of gives you the feeling that Martin is showing his team pride even on his wedding day.
Whether it is coincidence or by design, Martin has now confirmed why is one of my favorite Dallas Cowboys players and to think it may have never happened if Jerry Jones had gotten his way back in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Zack Martin and Johnny Manziel will forever be linked together because owner/general manager Jerry Jones wanted to draft Manziel over Martin, but was thankfully talked out of it in the end.
At the time, Manziel was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2014 NFL Draft because of his exciting play in college at Texas A&M. Martin on the other hand didn't receive quite the fanfare as Manziel, but was one of the best offensive lineman to ever play at Notre Dame.
We all know now that Zack Martin was the right choice. He came in and made the Cowboys offensive line one of the best units in the entire NFL, while Manziel has pretty much done everything in his power to force his way out of the league.
Martin's career trajectory is still on the rise, but Manziel's career in the NFL is circling the drain. Martin has been voted to the Pro Bowl twice in his first two years in the NFL, while the only thing Manziel has been able to accomplish is being able to be the poster child for TMZ for his parting antics.
Zack Martin has his priorities in order and has done everything in his power to not only succeed on the field, but off of it. There are big expectations for Martin and the rest of the Cowboys offensive line in 2016 with Ezekiel Elliott now expected to handle the lions share of the workload in the backfield.
The running game will once again be featured and Martin will be front row and center when the season kicks off against the New York Giants in Week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.
The player formally known as Johnny Football will be starting the 2016 season watching from the couch and hoping that one team will give him a chance to resurrect his career.
Is there any denying that Zack Martin was indeed the right choice back in 2014?
So, join all of us here at Inside The Star in congratulating Zack Martin and his new bride on their recent nuptials.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Martin!
Please feel free to use the comment section below to congratulate the newly married couple or you can send a personal Tweet to Zack Martin @thegob70.
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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