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Cowboys Working On Contract Extension With Travis Frederick

Brian Martin



Travis Frederick

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have a great offensive line. It has become almost an afterthought that they will perform at a high level and pretty much dominate upfront against opposing defenses.

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It would be an understatement to say that the organization is proud of their offensive line. Not only are they among the best in the entire league, but they are young and talented. That is something that is sometimes difficult to keep together, but that is exactly what Jerry Jones and Company are looking to do.

The Cowboys have already locked up left tackle Tyron Smith for years to come with a long-term contract, now they are trying to do the same with center Travis Frederick.

Frederick was a first-round draft pick in 2013 and not only has he started all 48 games in his first three years in the NFL, but he is also made two consecutive Pro Bowls. That's pretty impressive for a guy that was highly criticized for being drafted in the first round by the Cowboys.

In his brief career, Travis Frederick has already developed into one of the best centers in the entire NFL and to be perfectly honest, he is vastly underappreciated for what he does.

Frederick is currently in the fourth year of his rookie deal, making just over $1.3 million. The Cowboys have already exercised his fifth year option, but are looking to lock him up long-term just like they did with Tyron Smith.

In fact, an offer might just already be on the table.

Brandon George on Twitter

Cowboys have ways to go before getting extension done w/ C Travis Frederick. Process started Saturday with first contract proposal exchange.

It's not surprising that the dialogue between the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Panos (Frederick's agent) has already started. Panos was spotted over the weekend attending training camp in Oxnard, California.

The Cowboys already have a good working relationship with Joe Panos. Not only does he represent Travis Frederick, but he also handled the long-term contract between the Cowboys and Tyron Smith.

With the line of communication already open, let's just hope it's just a matter of time until terms can be agreed upon that are agreeable to all parties.

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I fully expect Travis Frederick to become the highest-paid center in the NFL once a long-term contract is finalized.

As things stand now, Alex Mack's contract is probably what negotiations will be based upon. Mack recently signed a deal with the Atlanta Falcons worth $45 million over five years, $28.5 million of that is fully guaranteed.

Now, Mack is five years older than Travis Frederick (25), so you can imagine that Frederick would receive a better long-term contract.

I personally wouldn't be surprised if Frederick's contract is somewhere in the range of $60 million with $35 million of that fully guaranteed.

Whatever the numbers end up being, I for one will be glad to know that Travis Frederick will be a member of the Dallas Cowboys for years to come.

America's Team has invested heavily in the offensive line in the past several years and this signifies that they are going to do their best to keep the unit intact for the foreseeable future.

This is extremely good news considering the fact Tony Romo's career is coming to an end and having a dominant veteran offensive line in place for his successor would be a huge advantage for a young quarterback.

Do you think Travis Frederick is a good long-term investment?

Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions about the Dallas Cowboys working on a long-term contract extension for Travis Frederick.

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  • Jeff Cook

    Ummm YES it would be very good investment

    • Brian Martin

      100% agree with you Jeff. Thanks for commenting.

  • Greg

    That shouldn't even be a question on here, to say it isn't would be moronic.

    • Brian Martin

      What you say is true Greg, but some people are against investing so much money into the offensive line. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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