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Should The Dallas Cowboys Show Interest In QB Josh McCown?

RJ Ochoa

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Once upon a time the Dallas Cowboys reportedly showed some serious interest in quarterback Josh McCown. These were the days of 2016's Training Camp, just shortly before the Dak Prescott era officially began in Cowboys Land.

Rumors were - at the time - that Dallas was interested in trading for McCown, who was then employed by the Cleveland Browns, after Tony Romo's Preseason Week 3 injury last year. The move would have given the Cowboys some established veteran presence, if you believe that what McCown brings in that capacity is worth having. Now it can be had for far less than a trade would have cost, as McCown is on his way out of Cleveland.

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Browns are releasing QB Josh McCown, source says.

The Cowboys are in an interesting place with the quarterback position. They have established starter - and Offensive Rookie of the Year - Dak Prescott who is here to stay, Tony Romo with a situation that will unfold this offseason, and then a couple of question marks in Kellen Moore and Mark Sanchez.

I've pounded the table here at Inside The Star that due to Dak Prescott's relationship with Mark Sanchez, the Sanchize should stay; however, what if the Cowboys look elsewhere? Could McCown be a realistic option? Should he be?

Josh McCown

McCown, drafted in the 3rd Round by the Arizona Cardinals in 2002, made himself relevant once again with a 348-yard and 4 touchdowns performance against the Cowboys as a Chicago Bear in 2013, and has only won two games since during stops in Tampa Bay and Cleveland. He has yet to reach the four touchdown mark in a game since that fateful day in December 2013.

The truth of the matter at backup quarterback is that you're not likely going to have someone who is supremely talented at the position. Cowboys Nation was spoiled in this regard when we had Tony Romo at the ready, but that is the outlier as far as normal circumstances are concerned. McCown's glaring inefficiencies since his big day against Dallas were collectively a big reason that the interest in him a season ago was curious at best, but sometimes "curious at best" is all you can get from a backup quarterback; however, it's not worth it with Josh.

Dallas is far better suited to stick with a quarterback that knows their system and knows Dak as far as backing him up is concerned. Both Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore are much more viable options for QB2 than Josh McCown could ever be. I mean, the Browns said they'd had enough of him. If that's not a sign, I don't know what is.

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  1. Randy Martin

    February 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    At times, when pressed into starting duties McCown has shown that he can come in and fling the ball pretty well. Over his career He has 79 TD’s and 69 INT’s. But the dynamic has changed here with the emergence of Dak. I think we can all agree that Romo is gone one way or another but the possibility still exists, however small that he takes a cut in pay and remains a backup. I think of all the possibilities of playing destinations staying in Dallas still presents the best opportunity to get a ring. But I think we would be fooling ourselves to think he is on the roster in 2017. I have heard talk of Kellen Moore becoming a coach as early as 2017 but how true that is I don’t know. I do not want to judge Sanchez as a Cowboy based on his one performance so I won’t take that into consideration. I did see him sitting next to Dak on the bench going over plays a lot last season but it might not be needed as much this season. And of course there has also been the talk of drafting another QB to develop. In the end, I think it’s all gonna shake out well and we will covered at the QB position.

  2. Russ_Te

    February 8, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    The adage is have a veteran backup QB if you are a contender. So you still have a chance to win a playoff game if your starter gets hurt – see 1993 NFC title game with Bernie Kosar coming in and icing the game with a TD to Alvin Harper, when Aikman went out with a knee to helmet.

    So it’s all on Sanchez to either start looking like that guy, or the job is probably open to a veteran free agent the Cowboys can bring in. My sense is that Sanchez can be that player and just needs more reps in this offense. But he has to look that way in the 2017 preseason IMO.

    If – if – Moore recovers entirely from the leg, I like his moxy and it’s not a bad #3 talent. Small QB’s like Doug Flutie and Pat Haden were able to have good stints in the NFL, so it’s not impossible.

  3. George_Johnson

    February 10, 2017 at 1:18 am

    I think Tony will likely leave. I would not bring in McCown. I would let K Moore and M Sanchez compete for the 2nd team QB position in 2017. I think K Moore is likely to beat out Sanchez. I also believe Dallas was lucky last year for Dak to get a chance to play and establish himself as the first team QB for the future. If K Moore had been starting my guess is he would have won a lot of games and would have done well. He would have fit well in the Dallas offense and been a good game manager type QB who could have consistently made the short to intermediate passes all over the field to multiple receivers. Dak probably would not have gotten off the bench. Don’t get me wrong I don’t think K Moore would have done as well as Dak actually did and it would have been harder for K Moore because K Moore is not a dual threat QB like Dak and does not have the arm strength Dak does. Romo would also have likely been given his first team position back after he recovered and we would likely have Romo as # 1, K Moore as #2 and Dak Prescott as # 3 going into 2017/2018.

  4. dallas1966

    February 10, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I think the Cowboys need to bring Sanchez back. Sanchez would the perfect sounding board for Dak. Won’t have a Romo-Orton, situation.

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Should Cowboys Address TE Need Via Free Agency?

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Should Cowboys Address TE Need Via Free Agency?

A season after Jason Witten's retirement, the Dallas Cowboys still have a need at tight end. Replacing a future Hall of Famer is no easy feat so it's only logical that it would take longer than a season to feel good about who's in at tight end.

The Cowboys currently have two tight ends who could be pretty serviceable going forward. Fourth round pick Dalton Schultz did a very solid job as the team's TE2, specially toward the second half of the season. He turned into a pretty good run blocker and despite only racking up 116 yards in 12 catches, he's a guy the Cowboys' offense could use even more in the future.

Also on the team is Blake Jarwin, who functioned as the Cowboys' main tight end for most of 2018. His performance against the New York Giants in week 17 made us wonder whether or not he could be an important target on the Cowboys' offense.

These two could very well have more in them than what we've seen. With a new offensive coordinator in town, tight end is a position the Cowboys could start using way more. As Bobby Belt pointed out on Twitter a few weeks ago, Scott Linehan's offense doesn't benefit tight ends very much. Before we give a verdict on what Schultz and Jarwin can do, I'd like to see them work with Kellen Moore's offense.

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One thing you consistently see when Scott Linehan takes over an offense is a drop in the starting tight end's production. Randy McMichael, Byron Chamberlain, and Jason Witten all saw drops in yards per catch, receptions per game, and yards per game once Linehan took over.

Here's the thing. If the Cowboys are not taking a tight end in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, are they really upgrading what they already have? I'm not sure we'll be convinced about that if they draft a player for the position until the third or fourth round. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating for the Cowboys drafting a TE in the second round, because I believe there are more pressing needs on the team. However, signing a veteran free agent might be the better option for upgrading the position.

Should a veteran TE be an option?

This year, there are quite a few interesting names in the tight end market. Veterans such as Jared Cook, Tyler Eifert and even Antonio Gates will be looking for a new team pretty soon. I know, that would be "getting older." But it could also mean getting better. Building a solid TE committee with a veteran leading Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz could be the way to go for this football team.

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TE Tyler Eifert (Aaron Doster / USA TODAY Sports)

Eifert is a great tight end... when he's on the field. Durability is his biggest weakness, as he hasn't played more than 10 games since 2016. The Cowboys could take a risk on him and constantly rotate him with Jarwin and Schultz. It may be a huge risk, but it could pay off big time. If the price is right, Eifert should be targeted by the front office.

The 2018 Oakland Raiders had a season to forget, winning only four games. Even still, Jared Cook's season was impressive. He finished the year with 896 yards and multiple 100-yard games. The biggest issue with Cook is his age. He turns 32 in April. But hey, he's literally coming off from a career year.

Jesse James is a younger guy who could also be worth it. He's not an a potent receiver, but he gets it done in the passing game and is one hell of a blocker. James could be a legit, cheaper option for the Cowboys in free agency.

There are a lot of names out there the front office could look at. Charles Clay was just released by the Buffalo Bills and Nick Boyle will be looking for new job after new arrivals pushed him out of the Baltimore Ravens' roster just to mention a few names.

We'll see what the front office's plans are soon enough, but right now, I'd say tight end is a need the Dallas Cowboys should at least try to address in free agency instead of the NFL Draft.

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Cornerback

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Byron Jones

Unlike other positions on their roster, cornerback appears ready to off the Dallas Cowboys stability in 2019. However, that doesn't mean the team can just ignore it this offseason. There are still a few decisions to be made.

Thanks to a shrewd move in April of last year, Dallas will be enjoying Byron Jones' services at a bargain. They picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract and will be paying him just $6.3 million next season.

That's a steal for a Pro Bowl corner, who generally make more than double that amount in a single year. But the Cowboys are still left the decision of whether or not to give Jones a long-term deal now or wait until he hits free agency in 2020.

It's easy to say that they should enjoy the discount and worry about it next year. But then you risk a second Pro Bowl trip and the lure of the open market. Byron's asking price could only go up.

Of course, Dallas could then also have the option of using the franchise tag.

Keep in mind that Jones will turn 27 this September. Dallas could decide that it makes sense to play through the rookie deal this year, franchise him in 2020, and then reassess when he's about to turn 29 years old.

If they give Byron a long-term deal now then they'll have to pay him like one of the top corners in football. It may be wise to wait.

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Dallas Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie

Another decision facing the Cowboys is if they think they can improve at the second starting position. It was an up-and-down year for Chidobe Awuzie, but he was playing his best toward the end of the season. Dallas could hope that a second year with Kris Richard's coaching, and just more general growth for a third-year player, will elevate Awuzie's game.

However, with plenty of cap space to work with, Dallas could pursue a solid veteran option and then allow Awuzie to play the nickel role. It would not only perhaps improve the CB2 position but also bolster depth overall.

Speaking of depth, Anthony Brown returns for the final year of his rookie deal. While never spectacular, Brown has been a gem as a former sixth-round pick with 29 career starts. He brings exceptional value and may even compete with Awuzie for the starting job.

While arguably the team's best young corner in 2017, Jourdan Lewis comes into this season with a lot of uncertainty. He fell out of favor last season, perhaps for not fitting the physical style that Richard likes. But he did manage to snag the game-clinching interception in Dallas' upset win over the New Orleans Saints.

If a scheme mismatch is the issue, the Cowboys could look to trade Lewis this offseason. He still has two years left on his rookie deal and was considered a first-round prospect by some in 2017. A cornerback-needy club might have more use for him than Dallas seems to.

If they did move Jourdan, the Cowboys might turn to Donovan Olumba to fill out the depth chart. He was one of their surprising performers in last year's training camp and spent the year on the practice squad. At 6'2", he has the size that the team seems to be looking for now in its corners.

More than likely, Dallas will ride with this group in 2019 with no big changes. I do think a Lewis trade is possible, especially with the Cowboys short on draft picks this year. But don't expect any major cap space or draft capital to go at one of the team's more solid positions.

With all the other work Dallas needs done this offseason, a little stability at cornerback is a luxury.



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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Center

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Even with Dez Bryant's release and Jason Witten's retirement, the loss of Travis Frederick last season may have been the most damaging to the Dallas Cowboys. The team looks forward to getting their All-Pro center back in 2019 while also having a reliable backup still under contract.

Just within the last few weeks, Frederick has provided encouraging updates on his status for next year. It looks like he'll be able to participate in all offseason activities, but the Cowboys would settle for Week One. There appears to be plenty of cushion for that to happen.

Travis' absence in 2018 was seen in various ways. Dak Prescott was sacked 56 times, second-most in all the league, after just 32 and 25 times the previous two seasons. Part of that is missing Frederick's blocking ability, but also the way he would assist with reading the defense and making pre-snap adjustments.

Dallas would've loved having Frederick out there to help Guard Connor Williams, who worked with Travis throughout the offseason only to lose him in late August. It was not an easy way for the rookie to start his career.

We also saw issues in the run game. Even while Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing, short-yardage situations weren't as easy as they used to be. The Rams were able to neutralize the Cowboys' rushing attack in Dallas' playoff loss, something that Frederick might have helped overcome.

Joe Looney

Dallas Cowboys G/C Joe Looney

This isn't saying that Joe Looney did a bad job. On the contrary, Looney was more than adequate and helped keep Dallas from suffering far greater damage without Frederick.

After Joe's work in 2018, Dallas won't blink at keeping him on the $1 million salary he's due next year. It's a bargain for a backup of his quality, and especially given his versatility as an option at guard as well.

Not only are Frederick and Looney locked in for 2019, but Dallas also still has backup Adam Redmond under contract through next season. He was added after final cuts last year to be Looney's backup and should return to at least help the team through July and August.

With these guys already in place, there's no reason to think that Dallas will give much attention to the center position during the offseason.

At most, a mid-round draft pick might be used on a player who could potentially replace Looney in 2020 as the backup. Joe's contract ends next season, and he could be competitive for starting jobs with other teams at that point.

With lots of other concerns throughout the roster, Dallas is fortunate to have so much security at center. All signs are positive on Travis Frederick's return, and that is a huge boost to the team as it looks to push forward from last year's playoff run.



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