No matter how many times I call Jerry Jones, he won’t tell me what he’s planning to do in the draft. In fact, most times our conversations end with, “How did you get this number?” Or “Why do you keep calling me?” And the usual, “If you call me again, I’ll make sure security doesn’t let you into AT&T Stadium” (#FreeDante).
So even though we are close friends, Jerry (we’re on a first name basis) won’t tell me what him, Stephen and Will have planned for the draft in April. Therefore I can only pontificate and speculate who they plan to have #72 snap the ball to down the road.
There are many options at 4, but there is an equal amount of responsibility there too.
When will the Cowboys pick that early again? Hopefully never because we will pick 32nd for the rest of eternity. But with that pick, the 4th overall, it will dictate what the men in the war room think of number 9 and his time table.
Again, I’m speculating, but if the 4th pick births a quarterback, then they think Tony Romo has 2-3 years left and it’s time to draft an heir to the throne to be groomed into the future face of the franchise.
Mr. Romo hasn’t played a season in its entirety since 2012. He doesn’t practice on Wednesdays because he can’t throw, he has broken his ribs, his back twice, and just recently announced surgery on his collarbone – which he also broke, twice. He is also 35 years old.
If he had been a Macintosh, you probably would have replaced the bowl with a new bundle of apples – this time Fuji, since they don’t bruise as easily. And although Jerry Jones believes Romo has 4-5 years to go, Stephen Jones is still very much considering the possibility of a QB first. But it can’t be any QB.
A QB in the first round means a QB that will have his number permanently engraved into the stadium for years to come. As to who that could be, I could only suggest who the people I trust suggest: Christian Hackenberg, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Jeff Driskel. And even they shrug after giving me those names.
But… If they get someone else with the 4th overall, be it Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, Zeke Elliott or Devontae Booker – anyone but a quarterback, they are planning on having Romo for 4-5 years (or are simply willing to overlook weather or not he has 2 – 3 years left).
Mr. Romo is ranked 3rd overall in QB passer rating. Here, just look at this chart:
You know what is most exciting about that chart? Everyone on there has won a Super Bowl, except America’s quarterback – which means he’s due to win one! Huzzah!
If the New York Giants have taught us anything, it’s that a mediocre quarterback can win a Super Bowl, twice, with a little help from his friends. We have a great QB but maybe our QB needs some friends in order to put a heavy Super Bowl ring on his finger.
Don’t tell me this is “Win Now” mode. That’s nonsense. Every team wants to “Win Now,” except the Eagles because they have never won and have found solace amidst their fifty-year-stretch of mediocrity.
The Cowboys are not so much in “Win Now” mode, but they could be in “Tony has given us his ribs, his back, his collarbone, and twelve years worth of memories so we should win for Romo mode.” Or, simply put, “Win for Romo Mode.”
I like that mode. It’s kind of like what the Bronco’s did for Peyton Manning.
Many of their Free Agency moves seemed more “Pro-Peyton” than “Pro-Future-Broncos.” Yes, I understand, that as far as building a team through Free Agency, something a wise front office would stray away from, they are the exception. But there is a combination between what the Bronco’s did and what the Patriots, Steelers and Packers do, which is build a team through the draft to be consistently successful.
It’s a combination of both that will get America’s team, God’s favorite team, in NFC Championship games over and over. Maybe even against the 49ers for old times sake. But it’s what the guys in the war room do now that will decide if Tony rides out into the sunset or becomes Dan Marino part II, or Joe Namath on the Rams. I think they respect Romo too much for that.
When the clock turns 00:00 in February, and the confetti is blue and silver, the first thing I want to yell is “Tony Romo!” I’m not for drafting a QB first round, I’m for getting number 9 in the Ring of Honor as well as a nice ring on his finger (Don’t worry, Candice, I mean a Super Bowl ring so you’re safe… for now).
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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