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Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Terrance Williams on 4 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Cowboys Free Agency: WR Terrance Williams Will Test Dallas' Proven Approach

Welcome to the 2017 NFL free agency period, Dallas Cowboys! The Cowboys have gotten busy in adding DT Stephen Paea, CB Nolan Carroll, and DE Damontre Moore to their defense, and now they have re-signed WR Terrance Williams on a new four-year deal.

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Terrance Williams' contract with the Cowboys is four years, $17 million with $9.5 million guaranteed, according...

Terrance Williams was expected to join Terrell McClain, Jack Crawford, Ronald Leary, and Barry Church in departing from the Cowboys via free agency, but instead the market for the receiver caved in a bit and landed him back in the silver and blue.

Free Agency: Will Loaded WR Market Keep Terrance Williams in Dallas?

Williams has been a much-criticized member of the Dallas offense, but a valuable one at that through his career. The Cowboys offense was one of the league's best in 2016 under rookie QB Dak Prescott, so retaining as many members of this offense is critical.

Now, the Cowboys have brought back both Brice Butler and Terrance Williams to catch passes from Prescott - while the 2017 NFL Draft still looms with a deep group of WRs to choose from.

Terrance Williams' four-year, team-friendly deal has come as a surprise to Cowboys Nation. Perhaps it is just the surprise we needed to serve as a reminder that Will McClay and this front office know what they are doing, and that the Cowboys will be just fine in 2017.

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  1. Travis Diggs

    March 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Welcome to free agency I was getting worried there Nothing too flashy just solid pick ups I’m on the fence with T- will because he could of been replaced through the draft but We went after Carroll last off season He’s solid, Moore could be good,and Paea is solid, Another move or two And I will feel better about going in to the draft I think they will bring back Carr and let Claiborne walk I think with these moves we will be able to head into the draft with the best player available mentality over drafting for biggest need

    • Sean Martin

      Sean Martin

      March 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Spot on. Keep trusting the process.

  2. Russ_Te

    March 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Very surprised, because WR’s with lesser stats that Williams were signing last year in the $8 million / per range with new teams.

    I take it he values the chance at a title, and also just wasn’t commanding that kind of money. As a reliable #2, $4 million is a deal IMO.

    Still very glad they invested in Butler. I believe the improvement he had in 2016 will continue, and if Dez goes out again, he could be poised for big things.

    A few open questions still on the OL, RB and TE, and who is backing up Dak. But overall this offense is set to dominate again.

    • Sean Martin

      Sean Martin

      March 12, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Absolutely, and I was just as stunned as you were when this news broke that Williams could be brought back at this price for four years. OL, RB, and TE all spots that could be addressed early in the draft. Thanks as always for commenting!

  3. dallas1966

    March 11, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Dak with the same receiver set definitely headed in the right direction, in terms of making strides in his sophomore season..

    • Sean Martin

      Sean Martin

      March 12, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Prescott said himself he’s fired up to have his whole core on offense back in place. Young QB just gets to focus on continued improvement…exciting stuff.

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

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I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.

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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

Jess Haynie



David Irving

The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.

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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.

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