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Dallas Cowboys Inviting Fans To The Star In Frisco For 2017 NFL Draft Day Party

RJ Ochoa



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We're approximately two months away from the 2017 NFL Draft and when the clock strikes pick number 28 plenty of Dallas Cowboys fans will be waiting anxiously to find out which player will join the ranks of America's Team. Many members of Cowboys Nation will be doing so in the comfort of their own home, with friends, or if they're so inclined at the 2017 Draft Day Party that the Cowboys are putting on at The Star in Frisco.

Every year the Cowboys have put on a similar event, but it's typically taken place at Cowboys/AT&T Stadium. With their swanky new facility - The Star in Frisco, TX - now open, the Cowboys can host the Draft Day event at their official world headquarters.

If you're in the mood to surround yourself with other hardcore Dallas Cowboys fans for the 2017 NFL Draft, then this is the place to do so. This 2017 Draft Day Party is going to be all sorts of fun and jam-packed with America's Team awesomeness.

The Star

The Star in Frisco, TX.

Things will get started on Thursday, April 27th at 5pm on the Tostitos Championship Plaza. An hour later the Ford Center will officially open and fans can get autographs or watch performances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as well as the final auditions for the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm & Blue Dancers. It's a party for people of all ages as there will be an official Kids Zone with plenty of activities for youngsters.

If you can't make it out to The Star for the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft then head on over on Friday, April 28th. The legendary Brad Sham will host a roundtable that'll feature the first round selection that the Cowboys made the night before, making the 2017 Draft Day Party this young man's first appearance in front of the greatest fans in the world.

Saturday, April 29th will mark the inaugural Dallas Cowboys Draft Day 5K (pre-race activities begin at 9am with the actual race beginning at 10am) which includes a special t-shirt and finisher's medal, you can register and get more information right here. After the race the Ford Center will open at 10:30am and resume activities from the days before as the Cowboys look to put the finishing touches on a 2017 NFL Draft that is hopefully as good as the incredible class that we saw in 2016.

While at all of these events fans will hear all kinds of incredible commentary from the Dallas Cowboys "War Room" as well as live commentary from 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. The entire event is sponsored by Miller Lite, and it's sure to be one incredible time.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Inviting Fans To The Star In Frisco For 2017 NFL Draft Day Party" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • themooniac

    The Stadium is a better location in the middle of the Metroplex. Who is going to drive all the way up to Frisco in rush hour from the mid cities? Not me. i usually go every year.

  • Joy W

    Thank you to The Star for opening your doors to us Fans!!! I live up in North Texas (Anna, Tx) and it is hard to drive to the stadium for “fan functions”. This is going to be Awesome!!!

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, 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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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