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Dallas Cowboys Reach 2 Year Deal with DT Brian Price

Sean Martin

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The 2018 NFL free agency "tampering" period is officially open, which means little to the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to significantly improving their roster. Instead, the Cowboys have used free agency to add quality depth and fill holes before the draft, doing so today by re-signing 1T DT Brian Price to a two-year deal worth $1.35 million.

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The deal @maxsportsSA reported as agreed upon between the Cowboys and DT Brian Price is now signed. It's a two-year deal worth $1.35 million with no bonus. Price was an exclusive rights free agent.

Brian Price was added to the Cowboys' roster just before the regular season, claimed off waivers after being with the Green Bay Packers. With the Packers, Price flashed some disruptive ability at the 1T position - where a void was left in Dallas by the surprising release of Cedric Thornton.

Playing in just eight games before suffering a season-ending knee injury, Price showed enough to return to the Cowboys for 2018 as depth at 1T. The man behind signings like these -- Stephen Jones -- has already said the Cowboys wouldn't prioritize drafting a 1T DT in the first round unless they offered the versatility to play 3T.

A rotation of Brian Price, Maliek Collins, Lewis Neal, and a later round draft pick may be what the Cowboys are looking at to strengthen the interior of their defensive line. A decision on the tendering of RFA David Irving should soon follow this Price signing, as Irving could return to start alongside any of these one techniques at the pass rushing three technique spot.

Inside The Star will continue to keep Cowboys Nation updated with the latest free agency news surrounding the Dallas Cowboys.

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13 Comments
  • Reynaldo Laporte

    HOpe this doesn’t stop them from addressing the position in the draft.

    • Hector Espindola

      Something tells me that the adressing will come at later rounds of the draft, unless Da’Ron is on the clock and the FO values him as a 1T with versatility to play 3T.

      • Reynaldo Laporte

        It saddens me nonetheless!!!! The last time we had a NT worth his salt was Ratliff and he was an overachiever.

        We need someone who can collapse the pocket and keep our LB’s clean. Im curious to see what we do in the upcoming weeks, but I’d be lying if I said didn’t s strange case of deja vu.

        • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

          I said this on Twitter as well, but I’m fine with a rotation of Price, Collins, and Neal at 1T. Enough to not spend a top pick on another devalued position.

      • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

        Bingo.

  • Reynaldo LaPorte

    With all due respect I vehemently disagree. Collins filled in admirably and even played well while hurt but his natural position is the 3. Price is a pure 1 tech and fits Rod’s orphan (I hate that name btw) role to a tee. I’m not saying we need to address DT with our first pick, but we have neglected our defense for too long.

  • Reynaldo Laporte

    With all due respect I vehemently disagree. Collins filled in admirably and even played well while hurt but his natural position is the 3. Price is a pure 1 tech and fits Rod’s orphan (I hate that name btw) role to a tee. I’m not saying we need to address DT with our first pick, but we have neglected our defense for too long.

    • Reynaldo Laporte

      I just realized we had the same birthday.

      • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

        I think they’re committed to Collins playing the 1 anyway, which he can handle. No better birthday! That’s so awesome

        • Reynaldo Laporte

          I was a wee lad, but I remember the last time we won a SB. We had a legit defense and a legit 1 tech by the name of Russell Maryland.

          Whatever they do as long as we come out of the draft/FA with LB,LG,WR filled I’m good. These guys better be dogs too.

  • Travis Diggs

    This is the most excitement we’ll get from free agency this year, free agency sucks for cowboys fans

    • Reynaldo Laporte

      I understand the philosophy FA wise, but sometimes you have to make power moves. If we get Davis from the Jets I will be ecstatic and surprised.

      We have been real quiet so who knows.

  • winstar

    To lazy to look….Isn’t Ash still on the team? I’m with Reynaldo, we need a big knuckle dragging monster to push the pocket and keep the LB’s clean. It will also help Lawrence.

    join us at: forum.insidethestar.com….diehard Cowboy fans wanted.

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Maliek Collins Playing Excellent for Cowboys Defense

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For the Dallas Cowboys on the interior, a lot of the news consistently surround the availability of Defensive Tackle David Irving, but Maliek Collins is playing excellent right now. While I'm willing to be very patient with Irving because of the elite talent he brings, Maliek Collins should continue to start for the Dallas Cowboys at 3-technique defensive tackle.

Collins has been a player that the Cowboys have bounced between the nose tackle and the 3T position with the hopes of getting their best players on the field, and because of the lack of a consistent presence at the 1-technique or nose tackle position. Well, with Antwaun Woods taking control at the 1T, Collins has been able to play at the position where he's at his best. The 3-tech.

He hasn't put huge numbers in the sack column this season, but that doesn't mean he's been absent from being the disruptive player he's been through his first two and a half seasons.

During the Dallas Cowboys five game winning streak, Maliek Collins has led the Dallas Cowboys defensive tackles in total pressures with 13, according to Pro Football Focus. PFF combines sacks, quarterback hits, and hurries into their "pressures." Collins hasn't recorded a sack during the winning streak, but he has four quarterback hits and nine hurries. He's tied with Tyrone Crawford for third in total pressures behind DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory over the last five weeks.

Over the last five weeks, Collins leads the defensive tackles in solo tackles with five and is tied with Crawford and Antwaun Woods with three run stops on defense, according to Pro Football Focus. Collins has also has two tackles for loss in the last five games and recovered Tyrone Crawford's force fumble on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Collins had six sacks in his rookie season when he played primarily as the 3T, which allowed him to see more one-on-one blocks against opposing interior offensive linemen. Especially with the way the rest of the defensive line is playing.

With the Cowboys on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts this week, Collins is going to have a tough matchup with a very good Colts offensive line, in particular, rookie Quentin Nelson. Collins ability to get pressure on Andrew Luck on the interior is a huge key for the Dallas Cowboys this week. We know that Gregory and Lawrence will get their pressures, but if Andrew Luck is able to step up into a clean pocket, it will make for a much more challenging game for the Cowboys secondary.

Collins has proved to be up to any task over the last five weeks and if he's able to keep playing at such a high level, he'll make the Cowboys coaching staff, and the rest of Cowboys Nation forget about using other defensive tackles. For the Cowboys to make a deep push in the playoffs, they'll need Collins to be a big time player for them moving forward.



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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!



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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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