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Cowboys Releasing CB Nolan Carroll

Jess Haynie



Nolan Carroll

In a somewhat surprising move, the Dallas Cowboys are reportedly releasing veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll later today. The move comes after Carroll has missed the last few weeks with a concussion, allowing rookie Jourdan Lewis to move up the depth chart.

The news was broken by Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network:

Mike Garafolo on Twitter

Cowboys are releasing CB Nolan Carroll, source says. He's been out with a concussion. Jourdan Lewis has stepped up.

I say this move is "somewhat surprising" because, back in June, I proposed the idea that Carroll might not even make it through final cuts. He was signed before Dallas selected Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Marquez White (who's still on the practice squad) in the 2017 NFL Draft. Especially after Nolan was arrested for a DWI in late May, I thought he could be on the way out.

Once Nolan Carroll made the team, though, I didn't think anything would happen until the next offseason. Just a few weeks ago I proposed that Carroll could go the way of Cedric Thornton; a veteran free agent signing who was quickly phased out by a standout rookie. I never would've guessed that it would happen this quickly.

This move will cost the Cowboys about $3 million in guaranteed money from the three-year deal they gave Carroll last March. His 2018 cap hit was scheduled to be $4 million, though, so even with this early release there's still a little cap relief going forward.

One thing clear from this move is that Jourdan Lewis is locked in as one of your top cornerbacks going forward. Also, they must be comfortable with veteran Bene Benwikere as the fourth cornerback. Perhaps they will call up sixth-round rookie Marquez White from the practice quad to take Carroll's place on the 53-man roster.

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  • Hobbes49

    Good decision by the “Boys”. Carroll looked awful in the games he played, and Lewis looks like a future all pro player. Moving on from Carroll is the right decision for sure.

  • Fatfan

    good move…too bad money was wasted; but that was chump change for NFL. I wonder how this affects Dallas’ compensatory picks next year. He wasn’t much of a contributor.
    This may not be the only move made during the bye week…we shall see

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, 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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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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