Brandon Weeden: One of three to be signed in the last week
Brandon Weeden signed a contract with the Cowboys on Monday and makes the third free agent the Cowboys have signed since free agency began.
Weeden was let go by the Browns after just two seasons and is considered another Browns QB bust. Some experts say that it was Weeden’s true colors showing while others think it was just another in a long line of systemic failures by the Cleveland Browns. Although already 30 years old, Weeden is still “NFL young” and still has a chance to do something in the league.
Coming to Dallas could be just what Weeden needs to get him back on track. He’s not coming in to compete for a starting position (Sorry Romo Haters, it just isn’t happening). Weeden is coming in and learning from some of the best teachers in the league and is going to fight for the second string QB position. The signing also allows the Cowboys to trade Kyle Orton, if he doesn't retire as reports speculate, or release him and save over $1 million in cap room.
And for fans who are screaming about cap numbers, have no fear. Weeden is only costing the cowboys about $75,000 against the cap this year because the Browns are paying half his salary.
As for the other Dallas signings so far, the defense received some much needed depth along the defensive line.
Terrell McClain comes over from the Houston Texans having played in all 16 games last year at nose tackle for Wade Phillips in his 3-4 defense. McClain is expected to play the 1 technique and push Nick Hayden for a starting position.
Mincey is coming off a season split between Denver and Jacksonville where he recorded two sacks this past season and is expected to provide depth at the Defensive End position. Mincey does have 20 career sacks, including a career high of 8 sacks in 2011.
Mincey is expected to play on the left side since his scouting report is saying his strong point is playing against the run which allows George Selvie to move over to the right defensive end position
Interesting note on McClain and Mincey:
Both have been teammates of current Cowboys DE George Selvie in the past. McClain was a teammate with Selvie at the University of South Florida and Mincey was a teammate of Selvie in Jacksonville.
The Cowboys are now hoping both McClain and Mincey can give them the same kind of production that Selvie put out last season. But we are still awaiting word on Henry Melton who visited Valley Ranch Monday and Jared Allen who wrapped up his visit in Dallas today.
Let's hear it #CowboysNation
What's your take on these three signings?
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
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.
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... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
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.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB 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.
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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