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Cowboys Restructure Witten, Sign Tackle Cameron Fleming

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Restructure Witten, Sign Tackle Cameron Fleming

After adding a couple of wide receivers and a rotational linebacker earlier in the week, the Dallas Cowboys are still making moves in Free Agency. This time they restructured the beloved veteran and legend Jason Witten to create some cap space for the season, saving $3.5M.

Paired with Travis Frederick's restructure, the Cowboys have now freed up more than $10M by restructuring veteran players.

Witten's restructure, though, doesn't make fans feel as comfortable as with Frederick's. Witten, although being a future first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the best tight ends to ever play the game, is not the same guy he once was. He's still reliable, but his production has clearly declined.

Gold Jacket Witt's contract was a very team-friendly deal which allowed the Cowboys to part ways with him with no dead money at all. The restructure however, changes that. Dallas will probably be looking for their tight end of the future in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Witten is clearly the guy at least for next season.

After the restructure was announced, the Cowboys signed the formerly New England Patriot Cameron Fleming to provide offensive line depth as well as a desperately-needed swing tackle.

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Source: the Cowboys are expected to sign free agent offensive tackle Cameron Fleming.

Signing Fleming raises some questions regarding how the Cowboys' offensive line will look next season. The former Patriot should probably be nothing but a backup, but one has to wonder if they'll even consider playing him at right tackle to move La'el Collins back to left guard.

We know they love position flex and it could very well be an option.

However, Collins did have a good season on the right side of the line in 2017. With the 19th pick in the NFL Draft, Jerry Jones & Co. could pull the trigger on a player like Isaiah Wynn or Will Hernandez and have the most dominant offensive line in the league with a very solid backup in Cameron Fleming.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you on every move the Cowboys make, as well as scouting reports on the new faces who will be wearing the Star this year.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Restructure Witten, Sign Tackle Cameron Fleming" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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3 Comments
  • Sidney Montgomery

    Glad to see that deal done, not too sure about Jason whiten rework.

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      I feel the same. I understand it, but don’t really love it. Thanks for reading, sir!

  • Mr. Jaguar

    I’m excited about the deal as well. Now the Cowboys have their swing tackle in place. The Cowboys have their replacement on the roster for Witten, in Rico Gathers , the coaching staff needs to let him loose on the NFL, this upcoming season.
    The only negative effects is the restructuring of Witten contract, leaving the Cowboys organization nose barely above water or maybe below water.

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REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

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REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury

Dallas Cowboys Linebacker and Captain Sean Lee will likely miss time with a hamstring injury suffered during the team's Week 3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Lee, who'd hurt his other hamstring in Week 2 against the Giants, had to leave yesterday's game with a new injury to the alternate leg. His status was reported on today by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

REPORT: Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Miss Games with Hamstring Injury 1

Hamstring issues also bothered Sean Lee last year. He missed five games in 2017.

As Rapoport mentioned, the presence of rookie Leighton Vander Esch now takes far greater importance. The 2018 first-round pick looked good yesterday in relief of Sean, registering 11 tackles.

Another season of injury problems could put Lee's future with the Cowboys in jeopardy. In fact, it may only cement what was already a strong possibility.

Sean can be released next season for about $7 million in salary cap savings, and his replacement is already on the roster.

Lee is still a top NFL linebacker when healthy. But "when healthy" has been said far too often, and the Cowboys used their first-round pick this year to prepare for such a problem.

We'll see how long the 32-year-old has to sit out, and what impact that has on his career going forward.



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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

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Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins is out for Sunday's game at the Seahawks with a sprained knee, further opening the door for Datone Jones to earn his spot among the "Hot Boyz". The moniker given to the Cowboys front seven this season, the team's depth up front has been a strength in totaling nine sacks through two games.

Last season, Datone Jones was a part of this rotation late in the year. Coming on strong at the 3T position while Maliek Collins played at the 1T, Jones is the type of versatile defender with veteran experience that Rod Marinelli can get the most out of.

Returning from a knee injury himself, Jones may take some time to be the disruptive interior player we saw at the end of 2017. Through two games, the Cowboys had played Collins at his original position of 3T, with Antwaun Woods doing more than enough to continue playing at 1T.

This potentially makes Collins and Jones two players fighting for one spot. Collins followed up his performance at the Panthers with a sack of Cam Newton by constantly playing in the Giants' backfield last week.

John Owning on Twitter

Guessing that means no Irving, I'd say Tyrone Crawford then Antwaun Woods. I have high hopes for Datone Jones once he returns though. https://t.co/9frjFK2J9J

A player determined to not let his team's misuse slow down his progress, after an incredible rookie season at 3T, Collins is returning from his second broken foot in three years.

Through his five years in the NFL, Jones has only played a full 16 games once.

The most games Datone has started in a season is four. Maliek Collins should like his chances of playing over Jones once both are healthy, and the Cowboys should be equally thrilled with the opportunity to keep both fresh in rotation.

Following Sunday's game in Seattle and next week against the Lions, the Cowboys can return David Irving from suspension to play all over their defensive line - his best position also being at three technique.

Without the wealth of talent they now have at all four positions up front, the Cowboys have had too many bodies to fill similar roles in the past. Thanks to the addition of Kris Richard along with strong edge play from Taco Charlton and rookie Dorance Armstrong, the Cowboys defensive line can do no wrong in 2018, and using Jones in week three and beyond should only add to this.

The Cowboys biggest key to success against the Seahawks will be containing Russell Wilson. Pressuring him in his face to collapse the pocket gives Dallas a chance to really slow the Seahawks offense, something they'll be relying on Jones to help them do as DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory also work with favorable match ups at defensive end.

Tell us what you think about "Could Cowboys DT Datone Jones Earn Starting Role with Maliek Collins Out?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams Facing Multi-Game Suspension

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An arrest last May for public intoxication may finally result in a suspension for Dallas Cowboys Receiver Terrance Williams.

David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, who reported the pending suspension, outlined the details of Williams' case. Charges were ultimately dropped once Terrance completed an alcohol education course and paid damages to the city.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys WR Terrance Williams faces suspension stemming from May arrest for public intoxication https://t.co/3RmwQOllim via @sportsdaydfw

However, as Cowboys fans know too well, the NFL reserves the right to suspend players under the Personal Conduct Policy regardless of legal outcomes. The 2017 season was marred by the league's persecution of Ezekiel Elliott for domestic violence despite no arrests or charges coming from any legal or police entity.

In Williams' case, there's no dispute of his guilt. It is unlikely he will appeal any decision the NFL makes.

The potential that Terrance will be missing for 2-4 games helps explain the Cowboys' move earlier this week to bring back WR Brice Butler. With both currently active, Dallas has an unusually high seven receivers on their 53-man roster.

It's already Friday, so the suspension is doubtful to come for this week's game in Seattle. But Terrance could easily be one of the seven inactive players on game day, having received the fewest snaps of any Cowboys WR last week against the Giants.

We'll see soon enough, likely as soon as next week, just what the league has in store for Terrance Williams.



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