The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back one of their own for the 2016 season.
Rolando McClain has reached a deal to stay with America's Team. Huzzah!
Rolando McClain has agreed to a contract to return to the @dallascowboys for the 2016 season. #CowboysNation
This is a gigantic move for the Cowboys in a lot of ways.
Obviously we get to keep Rolando at the middle linebacker spot, which allows Sean Lee to remain at the weakside spot, but now we have a little insight as to where the team might be leaning come the NFL Draft.
The team was rumored to be in the mix for UCLA LB Myles Jack, but with Rolando firmly in the middle of the defense that option seems unlikely now.
The #Cowboys deal for LB Rolando McClain is for 1 year worth $5M, source said.
Rolando signed a one-year deal just a year ago, so this whole process feels like deja vu for all parties involved. McClain missed the first four games of last season due to a suspension, but it seems like he's finally turning things around and focusing on football.
This has become quite the turnaround story for McClain who has resurrected his career in Dallas after short stints in Oakland and Baltimore. The former first-round pick out of Alabama has a supreme amount of talent, it just took a team like the Cowboys to show some proper faith in him for it to all work together the way that it has.
In other news the Cowboys are bringing in former Rams pass rusher Chris Long for a visit. Now that they've shored up Rolando the focus on the defensive side of the ball is clearly getting after the quarterback, and Long might just be able to help with that.
Former Rams DE Chris Long, who visited Washington this week, scheduled to visit the Cowboys, per source.
You can stay up to date with all the big Free Agency moves with Inside The Star's Current List Of Free Agent Signings, which we'll be updating as they happen.
For now sit back and celebrate Rolando McClain wearing the Star for another season!
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.
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.
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?
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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