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Cowboys Rank 10th Among “Most Talented Teams”

Normally, I caution all Cowboys fans to take a national media outlet’s rankings or analysis with a grain of salt. The same is true with’s Bucky Brooks’ list of the top 10 teams with the most talent on their roster. Rounding out his list, as the number 10 most talented team according to Brooks, are our Dallas Cowboys. Despite a 4-12 season a year ago, Brooks is on board with most of Cowboys Nation’s optimism about the current roster.

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Normally, I caution all Cowboys fans to take a national media outlet's rankings or analysis with a grain of salt.

The same is true with's Bucky Brooks' list of the top 10 teams with the most talent on their roster. Rounding out his list, as the number 10 most talented team according to Brooks, are our Dallas Cowboys.

Despite a 4-12 season a year ago, Brooks is on board with most of Cowboys Nation's optimism about the current roster. Obvious studs like Sean Lee and Dez Bryant obviously give the Cowboys a boost, but Brooks also cites the offensive line, Tony Romo, and returning stud cornerback Orlando Scandrick as top players.

I tend to agree with most of Brooks' points for why the Cowboys are a top 10 talented team.

Offensively, we know just how scary they can be. There are a ton of weapons in the Cowboys' arsenal which I cannot wait to see them deploy this fall.

Where they are jolted into the top 10, however, is on the defensive side of the ball. Scandrick will lead a hungry secondary unit which includes potential beast Byron Jones and eager corners in Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.

Up front, Brooks lists defensive end Demarcus Lawrence as a "riser." In other words, Lawrence finally started to come along during the second half of last season, and he may be ready to take the reigns as the number one pass rusher on this team consistently.

No, the defense doesn't feature the quantity of "blue chips" that the offense does, but I think Brooks sees what a lot of hopeful Cowboys fans see; youth, potential, and upside.

The rest of the list features four of the Cowboys 2016 opponents, including the New York Giants who they will, of course, see twice.

I have to disagree with Brooks on his ranking of the Giants, however. There is no way in my mind that the Giants have a more "talented" roster than the Cowboys do. Especially not for the reasons which Brooks lists.

He names Janoris Jenkins as a "blue chip" on the Giants roster. Might I remind you what happened the last time that "blue chip" corner took on Dez Bryant?

Dez Bryant for a 68 yard Dallas Cowboys touchdown

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I also have doubts about Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie being on the "blue chips" list, but I digress.

The other three opponents listed, the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals, will all be tough games for Dallas to win, especially considering they will have to travel to both Minnesota and Pittsburgh.

But if the Cowboys are truly a top 10 team, and a playoff team, they will be able to compete in all three of those games, and come out on top in at least two of them.

If you want to check out the full list of "most talented teams," click the link below.

Seahawks, Steelers, Panthers headline 10 most talented teams

The process of building a championship roster requires a team to excel in two key areas: player acquisition and player development. General managers and coaches must work together to target the right guys for the schemes utilized on each side of the ball.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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