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Dallas Cowboys Among Those Interested In FS Eric Weddle

RJ Ochoa



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August 25th, 2015. That day is burned into the brains of every Dallas Cowboys fan there is.

It was on that fateful Tuesday afternoon when #32 for the Dallas Cowboys, Orlando Scandrick, laid on the ground in the California sun writhing in pain from a torn ACL - which would snatch away his 2015 season from him.

While it is widely known that Scandrick will be making his return to the Cowboys in 2016, he might not be the only Defensive Back who was wearing #32 in California that day to do so.

Free Safety Eric Weddle, formerly of the San Diego Chargers, is a Free Agent looking for a new home. Exactly 200 days after Scandrick's injury word trickled down through the Twittersphere that it could be Dallas, TX.

Jason La Canfora on Twitter

Three teams keeping close tabs on former Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle - #Ravens, #Cowboys and #Steelers.

Who exactly is Eric Weddle? Well if you just go off of photos, or his Twitter handle, then you know that the dude rocks a pretty righteous beard. What you might not know is just how incredible of a Free Safety he is.

Weddle has played 9 seasons in his NFL career. He has amassed 680 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 19 interceptions (3 of which he took to the house), 5 forced fumbles, and 3 fumble recoveries (1 of which he also cashed in for six points).

Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Among Those Interested In FS Eric Weddle

Eric's been to the Pro Bowl three times and been named a First-Team All-Pro twice. His resume is immaculate.

The Dallas Cowboys currently have two pretty subpar starting safeties in Barry Church and JJ Wilcox. Church is a Team Captain so he's got some positive vibes going for him, but JJ Wilcox is still chasing Jordan Matthews in overtime of the second Philly game. Many have speculated that last year's rookie standout Byron Jones will supplant Wilcox as he did at points throughout the 2015 season.

Well what if Byron had a guy like Eric Weddle next to him? Doesn't that sound interesting? I tweeted out this hypothetical late Friday night and had someone, a staunch advocate for Jalen Ramsey, say that a Weddle signing would ensure the Cowboys disinterest in the Florida State Seminole. Hold those horses.

Walk with me down Hypothetical Avenue, a street I admittedly frequent, and imagine this:

Byron Jones is thought to be playing safety, sure, but what if he didn't? What we know more than anything about Byron is that he is a phenomenal Defensive Back. The same can be said for Jalen Ramsey.

Matt Miller on Twitter

Big part of why I love Jalen Ramsey. "Is he a corner or safety?" Dunno. He's a "cover their best guy".

The Cowboys aren't likely to bench both Wilcox and Church so imagine that Weddle replaces the former. You've got your safety spots ensured, a returning Orlando Scandrick, a re-signed Morris Claiborne, some loose change in Terrance Mitchell & Deji Olatoye, and two hybrid Defensive Backs in Byron Jones & Jalen Ramsey. All of a sudden that secondary sounds pretty scary, doesn't it?

Eric Weddle's presence allows that to happen. Let's bring him to Dallas and get to work.

What are your thoughts on Eric Weddle to the Cowboys? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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  • Randy Martin

    That alignment sounds pretty awesome! However I'm starting to believe Ramsey will be gone by #4. But there could be some trading in the early part of the draft that could change everything. Can't wait for the draft! Buckle up!

    • Tony Payne

      Cowboys need Waddle but the Joneses will pee it a way by waiting We need a new onwner.

  • Blue Star

    Oh god, Weddle was not a good player at all last year. Freaking PASS.

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

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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.

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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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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
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There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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