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Dallas Cowboys Release DE Benson Mayowa

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Release DE Benson Mayowa

The Dallas Cowboys have released veteran defensive end Benson Mayowa, clearing salary cap space ahead of next week's start to free agency.

Shedding Mayowa's contract saves the team $2.75 million from his scheduled $3.85 million cap hit in 2018. It will leave $1.1 million in dead money this year.

Field Yates on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have released veteran DE Benson Mayowa.

Benson, who turns 27 in August, was signed in the 2016 offseason after being a rotation 3-4 outside linebacker with the Oakland Raiders. Dallas hoped he would blossom in their 4-3 scheme, and he did lead the defense with six sacks in 2016.

However, after DeMarcus Lawrence's breakout season and the drafting of Taco Charlton, Mayowa's role disappeared quickly. His prospects for 2018 looked even worse with Charles Tapper coming back from injury and the potential reinstatement of Randy Gregory.

This was one of a few expected moves this week as the Cowboys get ready for free agency. Veteran James Hanna is also likely to be cut for similar savings, and restructures should be announced soon on the contracts of Travis Frederick, Jason Witten, and other veterans.

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  • Lance Thompson

    Ogletree is nothing special…he’s no Sean lee by any stretch of the imagination. Just a name because he was a wasted 1st round pick. Bennett on the other hand Has been a force over the years…but he’s a big mouth/phony/ and 33…had 8 sacks last year…not exactly Mark Gastineau here….and he’s getting older and overpaid…if Randy comes back we should be quite formidable.
    Trust in Will McClay and get dez to take that pay cut…and offer dak for Cleveland’s 1/4 of first round…and start cooper rush…smarter and better passer. And please get a real left guard and draft a quality backup tackle

    • Damon Battle

      Trade Dak for Cleveland’s 1 or 4? Lol no sir that probably will only happen in your Madden had me up until that statement..thanks for the giggles though.

    • Travis Diggs

      IF Randy comes back??? You must be smoking what he’s smoking. Trade dak ??? You need to be drug tested

  • Russ_Te

    And Dez may be facing a haircut… ;^)

    So they may accumulate enough cap $ for 1 good FA signing I take it. It’s been a while.

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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

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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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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



Orlando Scandrick

After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.

This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.

Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.

In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.

Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.

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