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Dallas Cowboys Set To Play In Pro Football Hall Of Fame Game Against Arizona Cardinals

RJ Ochoa



Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Dallas Cowboys found out that they would be involved in the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame's festivities when Owner/President/General Manager Jerry Jones was elected as part of this year's class, but now we know that the team will be a part of it as well - the Dallas Cowboys are playing in this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame Game.

Pro Football HOF on Twitter

BREAKING NEWS: The @dallascowboys will play the @AZCardinals in the Hall of Fame Game! #PFHOF17

America's Team will be kicking off against the Arizona Cardinals in the first act of what ends up being sort of boring competitive play for the 2017 NFL season. Typically teams for the Hall of Fame Game are chosen to represent a particular enshrinee. The Cowboys are obviously there on behalf of Jerry Jones, and the Arizona Cardinals are there in representation of 2017 inductee quarterback Kurt Warner.

The Hall of Fame Game will have a new look to it as well. It was announced in the final days of 2016 that - for the first time in NFL History - the Hall of Fame Game would take place on the Thursday leading up to the weekend. This is, of course, in response to the fiasco surrounding the 2016 Hall of Fame Game which saw the field too unfit for players after a Saturday's worth of induction ceremonies. Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys - just like the manner that put him in the Hall of Fame to begin with - are making history once more.

With the game being on Thursday as opposed to Sunday the Cowboys' Training Camp schedule is likely to be altered by a few days, details that we'll have for you once available here at Inside The Star. The NFL is an ever-changing series of events, and the Hall of Fame Game is one of the premier ones.

Joe Trahan on Twitter

@Dallascowboys playing in the Hall of Fame game means #Cowboys get extra week of training camp. #WFAACowboys

The game will take place on August 3rd, 2017 with the official enshrinements following two days later on Saturday, August 5th. We have yet to find out who will be Jerry Jones' inductor into football's most elite fraternity, but personally I think we might see the first ever daughter to do the honors.

Dallas' appearance in the NFL's annual kickoff will mark their 6th time playing in the Hall of Fame Game, which will tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most. The last time we saw Dallas in this field of play was in 2013, which featured Cowboys legend Larry Allen going in along with former Cowboys Head Coach Bill Parcells, against the Miami Dolphins.

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  • dallas1966

    Thanks RJ. I hoping, the Cowboys also, make history, by being the first team to win the Super Bowl, that was selected to play in the inaugural pre-season football game, in Canton.

    No team selected as went on to win the Super Bowl. The last team to come close was the Cincinnati Bengals team, in 1988, that beat the Los Angeles Rams. After the 1988 season, the Bengals, went on to represent the AFC, in Super Bowl 23, the famous joe montana’s quote, regarding john candy, prior to throwing the winning TD, to wideout john taylor, to win the Super Bowl for the 49’ers.
    Hopefully, this is the year, the Cowboys brakes the curse, since it’s Jerry, that is being enshrined. In addition, to being Coach Garrett, 7th season, as head coach.

    After 21 years, it’s time to send a message to the NFL, the Cowboys are back in town!!!

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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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