The Dallas Cowboys are like any other team in the NFL. When a player is going to miss significant time due to injury they have to determine whether or not it is better to cut ties altogether or if the particular player has a future with the organization.
That is the exact situation the Cowboys were in when they found out that rookie wide receiver Chris Brown would likely be out 6-8 weeks due to a broken foot. It has yet to be announced what they plan to do with Brown. They could place him on IR or place him on the waived/injury list with an injury settlement.
Chris Brown has been one of the few undrafted players to make plays after signing with the Dallas Cowboys. Both he and Andy Jones have received positive reviews up to this point from the coaching staff and they both had a real shot at making the team in some capacity.
Whatever they decide to do with Chris Brown will be telling and determine his future with the organization.
To replace Brown the Dallas Cowboys worked out former Alabama wide receiver Richard Mullaney earlier today and signed him to a contract. Prior to playing for Alabama, he played three seasons with Oregon State.
Mullaney was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans, but was recently released.
As part of the Crimson Tide's championship team last year, Mullaney caught 38 passes for 390 yards and five touchdowns. He has intriguing size for the position (6'3", 208) and was clocked running between a 4.45 and 4.55 second 40 yard dash at his pro day.
Although he seems to have good speed for the NFL, it is said that his best traits are his route running ability and ability to catch the ball.
At this point, Richard Mullaney is a longshot to make the Dallas Cowboys roster, but could possibly find his way to the practice squad if he has a strong showing in practices and the remaining preseason games.
Welcome to the Dallas Cowboys Richard Mullaney!
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from 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.
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.
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.
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