Will McClay, the loudest voice in the Dallas Cowboys organization when it comes to scouting and personnel decisions, has been willing to forego the General Manager title to remain with the club for some time. He declined an interview with the Houston Texans this offseason for their opening, and the Cowboys rewarded his loyalty today with a two-year contract extension.
Credited with helping the Cowboys get back to consistently solid drafting, McClay has turned down several opportunities through the years to be a General Manager with other teams. The Cowboys have paid him very well to stick around, but there's always been the concern that he may eventually want the title on his resume.
The Cowboys' GM is, of course, owner Jerry Jones. He has held the title since he bought the team in 1989.
In practice, though, the GM duties in Dallas are handled by a collective effort from Jerry, Will McClay, and Stephen Jones. With Jerry turning 76 this year, this time isn't far away when he will likely pass on the title to one of his key advisors.
McClay's willingness to stay in Dallas tells me that eventually becoming the team's General Manager has already been promised. When that comes is of course up to Jerry, but we can be sure that the Jones family has a good gauge on Will's feelings and goals and won't let him get away after so many years together and efforts to keep him happy.
During McClay's tenure overseeing drafts and other aspects of player acquisition, Dallas has built one of the league's best offensive lines and found quality mid and late-round players in several drafts. Finding a potential franchise quarterback in Dak Prescott in the late fourth round in 2016 may have been the greatest accomplishment of all.
Will McClay and Stephen Jones have worked together to move the Cowboys into a far more modern perspective on cap management and personnel moves. They have adopted philosophies seen from some of the most successful franchises in recent years, such as the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers.
One day soon, McClay will likely be named the Cowboys General Manager. Until then, the mutual loyalty between the two is a positive as the team continues to chase its sixth Super Bowl title.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
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.
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... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
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.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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