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Cowboys Potential FA Target: Former Seahawks WR Paul Richardson

Brian Martin

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Could FA Paul Richardson Solve Cowboys' WR Problems?

Bargain shopping has turned into the Dallas Cowboys' preferred approach to free agency these last several years, but that won't be the case forever. In fact, that could change this year, which is why I decided to take a look at potential free agents who could draw interest from the Cowboys.

The Cowboys clearly have several holes that need to be addressed this offseason, and it's unlikely they can fill all those holes through the draft, even with 10 draft picks at their disposal. With so many needs, the Cowboys could become more active in free agency this year.

After the way the Dallas Cowboys' wide receivers performed in 2017, it looks like a position that could be at the top of the list to upgrade, either through the draft or free agency. Upgrading through the draft is always a crap shoot, but there are a few free agent WRs on the market who could come in and be an immediate upgrade.

Today, we're taking a look at former Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Paul Richardson, and why the Cowboys could show interest in him in free agency.

WR Paul Richardson (6'0, 185, 25 years old)

Paul Richardson

Seattle Seahawks WR Paul Richardson

Paul Richardson was selected 45th overall in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. It was rumored at the time the Dallas Cowboys had interest in him, but they ended up making a trade with the Washington Redskins to move up from 47 to 34th overall to select DeMarcus Lawrence.

Regardless of what could've been, the Cowboys now have another chance to add the former Seahawk to their receiver core, but will they?

There is reason to believe the Cowboys could still have interest in Richardson. There's no question in my mind that he would be an upgrade at the position, but Dallas is already invested pretty heavily in their current WRs. That, of course, could change once we get further into free agency.

Although talented, Richardson is a bit of an enigma.

His career never really took off like some thought, but that is mostly due to injuries setting him back. But, he was finally 100% healthy this last season (contract year), and proved he has the ability to be a weapon in the passing game.

Richardson's 2017 stats: 44 receptions, 703 receiving yards, 16.0 YPC, 6 touchdowns.

Richardson would bring an entirely different element to the Cowboys offense than what they currently have -- speed (4.28 40-yd dash). But, that's not all he is as a wide receiver. He's a smooth route runner who isn't afraid to work the middle of the field. He also has strong dependable hands, a wide catch radius, and knows how to high-point the ball.

Of course, Paul Richardson comes with baggage. He has already had two ACL injuries, one in college and another one that pretty much wiped out his entire 2015 season. But this baggage could be good news for the Cowboys, regarding contract talks.

I think Richardson would be lucky to get a contract similar to what Robert Woods received from the Los Angeles Rams last offseason. Woods received a five-year $34-million contract with $10 million fully guaranteed.

Woods has been a much more productive receiver in the NFL than Richardson, and he hasn't had a problem with injuries either. That should make Richardson a more affordable free agent, which is good news for the thrifty-spending Dallas Cowboys.

What do you think about Paul Richardson as a Cowboys FA target?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Dak Prescott Impresses, Draws Compliments All Minicamp Long

Kevin Brady

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Dak Prescott and Coaches Both to Blame for Cowboys Offensive Woes
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Dak Prescott stood before the media Thursday in a Stetson Cowboy hat, answering questions about his upcoming contract extension.

“I’ve got my cowboy hat on, so I’m a Cowboy, we’ll say that.”

Prescott has cemented himself as the franchise quarterback of America's Team, and now it's time for the franchise to pay him like it. Set to earn roughly $34 million per year (according to recent rumors/reports), Prescott is going to be a very rich and comfortable man in the near future.

But, for now, he still plays under his fourth round rookie contract. You wouldn't be able to tell by watching him on the field, however. Though it was just minicamp, Prescott was impressive as ever over the last couple weeks of practice, earning praise from all levels within the organization.

Veteran Jason Witten complimented both Prescott's anticipation and accuracy, saying his throws have been "off the charts" at minicamp. Prescott himself said that this is the best he's felt since he's entered the league, and it certainly makes sense for this to be the case.

"Is it three years under my belt or just seeing defenses a whole lot more clear, being quicker and faster in everything I want to do, having great teammates around me? Who really knows the answer, but I feel great. I feel confident, and my teammates do, as well.” - Prescott to DallasCowboys.com

If Prescott was ever going to be comfortable, hungry, and ready to go, this is likely the time that it would happen. He has three relatively successful seasons under his belt, and ended 2018 on the best stretch of his career. He is the unquestioned starting quarterback for this team, and has the backing of every key decision maker in the building.

Prescott now has an offensive coordinator who he has not only worked closely with (in some capacity) since he entered the league in 2016, but is also being lauded for his creativity as an offensive mastermind. His quarterbacks coach, Jon Kitna, has been receiving similar praise for how he can coach up Prescott and get his footwork consistent, to help him "throw it through a Fruit Loop."

The time is now for Dak Prescott, and it's encouraging to see how he is responding to this increased pressure and responsibility. Then again we should have no doubt that he will respond positively, as he as throughout his entire young career.

Whenever faced with adversity, Prescott has answered the bell. Now he has all the supporters he needs, and just needs to prove them right.



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Does RB Ezekiel Elliott Have A Chance At NFL MVP?

Kevin Brady

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Ezekiel Elliott

Who is the Cowboys best player?

A question debated seemingly daily on social media, most fans seem to center their arguments around the same few names. Dak Prescott, Zack Martin, Tyron Smith, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Ezekiel Elliott.

As a running back, it's quite possible that Elliott is both the best of that bunch and the least important to the team's overall success. NFL.com's Adam Schein disagrees with the latter statement, however, placing Ezekiel Elliott among his top ten contenders for 2019 NFL MVP.

"I think the Cowboys are going to challenge for the Super Bowl in 2019 -- and I think Zeke fuels this team. When Elliott runs for 95-plus yards, the Cowboys are 19-4; when he falls below that benchmark, they're 9-8." - Adam Schein

Schein's prediction will no doubt make Cowboys Nation swoon, but does Elliott really have the opportunity to compete for an MVP award?

For one, this would require the Cowboys be among the best teams in the league this season. It's quite possible, as they did win 10 regular season and 1 playoff game a year ago, but it will have to happen once again for Elliott to be considered.

Next, Ezekiel Elliott would have to put up incredible numbers. Well, it's safe to assume this will likely be the case if condition one is met. Elliott is going to get a lot of opportunities to touch the ball each game, and finding himself among the league's rushing leaders has never been an issue for the young running back. Especially if the team has a lead and is running the ball to kill clock.

Even if both these conditions prove true, though, Elliott will still have trouble getting himself in the real MVP discussion. These awards tend to go to certain positions, and running back is not among that list. If Dallas has such a successful 2019, and their offense is clicking, it's more likely Dak Prescott will be the one contending for that MVP honor.

I know to some it sounds crazy, but Prescott will likely need to be closer to MVP level than Elliott if the Cowboys are to contend in the way Adam Schein suggests in his article.

So, likely, Schein should have named Prescott among his top ten MVP contenders, not Elliott.



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Amari Cooper Says He’s Focused On Football, Not His Next Contract

Kevin Brady

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Report: Cowboys Waiting Until After Season for Amari Cooper Contract Talks 1

It seems like all anyone has talked about this offseason is who the Cowboys should re-sign, and how they can go about doing so.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper, of course, is heavily involved in those conversations. The Cowboys used their 2019 first round pick to trade for the Pro Bowl wide out last season, and Cooper's emergence helped to turn their struggling offense around immediately.

In just 9 games with the Cowboys last season, he caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns. He quickly gained the trust of quarterback Dak Prescott, and exhibited a chemistry with the young passer that no one else really has to this point. Outside of maybe Cole Beasley in 2016, perhaps.

While the football world seems to be focusing on what Amari Cooper's contract will look like after 2019, the receiver himself claims to be solely focused on the upcoming season. Cooper spoke with ESPN's Todd Archer about this very subject, emphasizing where his mind lies at this time.

"I just handle my business...I'm more anxious about camp and actually playing football." - Amari Cooper.

Amari Cooper has just one year left on his contract as he plays under the fifth year option from his rookie deal. Cooper will make $13.9 million this season, putting him behind some of the league's other WR1s like Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Antonio Brown, and DeAndre Hopkins.

There had been speculation around whether any of the Cowboys left with just one year on their contract would hold-out through parts of offseason activity, but Cooper alluded that it never seemed to cross his mind.

"I just want to get better and I love football. That's why I'm here" - Cooper.

Of course, Amari Cooper will play a huge role in the Cowboys offense in 2019. Combining him with a second year version of Michael Gallup, and new versatile threats like Tony Pollard and Randall Cobb, will help make the Dallas passing game as multiple as it's been in years.

The Cowboys will eventually need to get Amari Cooper locked up long term, but for the time being it seems like both he and the franchise are more focused on what will happen on the field in 2019 than in the negotiating room next Spring.



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