Jerry Jones promised Tony Romo that he would "do right" by him, and that time has finally come. Tuesday, April 4th has been a day filled with emotion for Dallas Cowboys fans. Tony Romo is going to retire, he's also going to take Phil Simms' seat next to Jim Nantz as CBS' No.1 color analyst, and he's going to be doing all of that after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Source: The #Cowboys are releasing Tony Romo after all. It's a post-June 1 cut
Many people have screamed that the Cowboys and Jerry Jones have been "holding Tony Romo hostage." This completely debunks that entire notion.
From a technical perspective regarding football, Tony Romo is now free to sign wherever he pleases. Of course, it's already been announced that he's retiring and joining CBS, but this is a move of honor made by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Jones.
NFL Network's Jane Slater has been hip to this for quite some time, but perhaps throughout this entire process the Dallas Cowboys have actually been protecting Tony Romo. The market clearly hasn't been one of high demand for the Dallas Cowboys all-time leading passer, and perhaps the Cowboys didn't want that truth to be exposed with Romo in a position of vulnerability and looking un-wanted.
By keeping Tony Romo on the roster the Cowboys kept him in a position where NFL teams could not technically talk to him without it being considered tampering - a ban lifted by Jerry Jones on Monday, April 3rd. This seemingly afforded Tony Romo the window of time to come to the conclusion that he did without the distractions that would've come his way had he been released on March 9th, like it was originally speculated that he would be.
If Tony Romo truly wanted to he could now ditch this whole CBS deal and go sign with the Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, or whoever else he choose. That won't happen though, because that's not what Tony Romo wants obviously... which disproves the notion that he was ever held hostage.
From a Dallas Cowboys perspective the release is designated as a post-June 1st one. Dallas will gain $14M in salary cap space, but not until June 2nd when it is past the designation. Tony Romo will count $10.7M against the salary cap in 2017 and $8.9M against it in 2018.
Jerry Jones did right by Tony Romo, whether you want to believe it or not.
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 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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