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Dallas Cowboys Sign CB Nolan Carroll To 3-Year Deal

Kevin Brady



Dallas Cowboys Sign CB Nolan Carroll,

After remaining dormant for almost all of the first two days of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have gotten busy tonight. Now, they are signing cornerback Nolan Carroll to a 3-year, $10 million deal.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

Cowboys are signing cornerback Nolan Carroll to a 3-year, $10 million deal with $4M in the first year, source said.

The seven year veteran spent his last three seasons with the rival Philadelphia Eagles, finishing the 2016 season with 55 tackles, 11 pass break ups, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble in 16 games. Carroll had a down year in 2016, ranking 108 out of 120 cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus.

While he is certainly not a “shut down” cornerback, Nolan Carroll can be a solid addition to a secondary which may be further depleted over the next few weeks. At 6’1″ Carroll fits the Cowboys’ exact mold for what a corner should look like.

Of course, this does not stop the Cowboys from drafting a cornerback early on in the 2017 NFL Draft, or even from potentially re-signing veterans Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne. Ideally, Carroll will be the third or fourth corner in Dallas for 2017.

During 2016 free agency, Nolan Carroll visited the Cowboys before re-joining the Eagles. A year later, the two have finally agreed on a deal. Maybe it was meant to be.

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  • Bryson Treece

    Really happy with this signing. Bring it on, Nolan.

  • Russ_Te

    I’ll give him Carr’s job right now… ;^)

    Lots of moving parts right now in the secondary. I thought Terrance Williams was going to sign elsewhere for bigger $, but it may not have been offered apparently.

    Likewise with Claiborne. More talent than Williams per his position. But can you sink a lot of $ into him with his injury history? I think he may not get big offers, in which case you’ve got to find a few $ to keep him & also still go after that CB in the 1st round. (Assuming the top DE’s are gone)

    Wilcox has 3 teams interested, but again it’s hard to understand why he’d get a huge offer on his fledgling career so far. I want him back, starting at SS with about 15 more pounds on him.

  • Bob Jones

    We have one the worst Coaching Staff’s in the NFL, and we keep getting players from bottom feeding teams like the Eagles and Browns. Big Deal
    Frank Pollack and Leon Lett SUCK as coaches and so do the rest under Jason G, we can go name by name if you like, they all suck, Def and Off coord can not call plays, they run zone every time they need to run man on man they pass when they should run. This team sucks and will never win any playoff games, defend that !

  • Bob Jones

    What really gets me is, Romo leaving because the cap space okay i get it but, to not put him in when you saw Dak Choking, really?

    • Russ_Te

      You mean Dak’s 103.17 rating in the playoff game? Where he overcame bad defense and tied the game down the stretch after being down by 15, and it took a miracle throw from Rodgers and a long FG to lose?

      Get real. Given his finish as a rookie as the 3rd highest passer rating – only behind Ryan and Brady – Prescott is the most valuable future prospect in the NFL.

      • Bob Jones

        Any time your defense is being ran out and your offense does not get 1st downs and hold the TOP long enough for the Defense to catch their breath your Defense is going to get worn out. Our defense played more minutes by halftime then they had in any game all year long. This is and has always been the offense at fault not the defense. Our defense played better this season than they had in 20 years. No way your giving those 13 wins to Dak and not blaming Dak for the Packers loss. Dak Prescott choked the entire game and if not for Dez making a diving catch and then when Dak threw the ball right into the numbers of the defender Dez reached around and stole the ball for a TD thats 14 thanks to Dez NOT Dak. the rest of the game Dak choked 100% Period and Dak always will choke because he has always choked in big games. I said it the day we got him and im saying it now. Dak is a choking machine, great back up but will never win a Superbowl as a starter.

        • Russ_Te

          By that logic as soon as the offense goes 3 and out, the defense is off the hook for getting gashed…

          As you conceded above, the Cowboys D was blown up early in that game. Fatigue is a weak excuse for it.

          It’s your prerogative to think Dak is suspect as a QB. His numbers as a rookie, and in that game, totally disprove it.

          • Bob Jones

            the only thing got blown out was Dak not the Defense because if Dak playes lie he had all year we won by half time no matter the 1st qtr, and if Dak plays half as good as he had all season then we win by the 3rd qtr so STFU Dak choked like the monkey he is!

  • Bob Jones

    Then since were going to be in a total rebuild they try and give us this Choking Machine Dak Prescott as if hes really great when some of us knew the day we got him he was a choking machine. Dak didnt win 13 the Def won 13, and next 2 seasons will prove this. No def worth a flip, Witten and half the line gone, Dak cant save this, We bottom feeding again get ready for it.

  • Bob Jones

    The only way to stop the bleeding is to get a lot of Draft picks for the next 2 seasons, The only way to do that is to trade Dak while they will sucker for this, and then, hate to say it but, Trade Zeke like we did Walker for 2 years worth of Draft Picks. Not hard easy, but since Jones wasnt the one thought of the walker trade he wont do this, he has no balls !!!

  • Bob Jones

    But even with those draft picks, with a coaching staff that has sorry so called coaches as Marc Colombo, Stephen Brown, Frank Pollack (the idiot), Leon Lett who ruins every DT we send him, and Ben Bloom who couldnt coach a DE to save his life and the rest we cant win so this how us real fans know were going to keep sucking and not winning, we us to it.

Game Notes

DAL 20, OAK 17: Cowboys and Playoff Hopes Survive Wild Game

Jess Haynie



Jason Witten, Dak Prescott

On a night when almost everything seemed to bounce the Raiders’ way, the final crucial play went in Dallas’ favor. That proved to be all the difference, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive in a pivotal road game in Oakland.

After a 55-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jourdan Lewis moved Oakland 15 yards from the endzone, Oakland had a few shots at a game-winning touchdown before they’d attempt a tying field goal. On 3rd-and-3, Derek Carr scrambled and went for the score. He dived along the sideline and stretched the ball out toward the pylon, only to lose control. The ball left his hands, crossed the goal line, and went out the side of the endzone.

Cowboys ball. Cowboys wins.

That fumble was Oakland’s fourth of the night. Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on two of his kick returns but both times the ball rolled out of bounds. Michael Crabtree also fumbled after a catch, but Dallas failed to recover it before the receiver could get back on top of the ball.

Both teams were playing for their playoff lives. When the game was tied 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, Dallas faked a punt from their own 24-yard-line as Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards. The very next play, the Cowboys attempted a flea-flicker to Terrance Williams that was incomplete. It was perhaps the most aggressive series of calls we’ve seen from Dallas all year.

It was a tough, ugly game. There were 21 total penalties, 14 of which surprisingly belonged to the Raiders. Oakland’s offense executed more consistently while the Cowboys still made crucial stops when needed.

In the end, Dallas survived and advanced in their efforts to sneak back into the NFC playoffs.

Other Notes

  • Dak Prescott had a rough night with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns. One of those picks was due to contact on the throw, but he also missed some opportunities with errant throws and bad reads. He did run one in, though, and had 32 rushing yards total for the game.
  • Alfred Morris and Rod Smith combined for a woeful 74 yards on 23 carries. After a few weeks of big production, this was a good reminder of why we’re so happy to have Ezekiel Elliott returning next week.
  • While Dallas was unable to sack Derek Carr tonight, they applied a lot of pressure and forced several bad throws. Carr only completed 55% of his passes thanks to consistent heat from DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, and even Taco Charlton on a few plays.
  • It was another solid night from the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks. Despite the big penalty on Oakland’s final drive, Lewis had a solid night all around along with Chidobe Awuzie. Anthony Brown also showed up, having a few nice deflections in crunch time.
  • The Cowboys will head back to Dallas to reunite to with Ezekiel Elliott and prepare a welcoming party for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Seattle was humiliated at home today, losing 42-7 to the visiting Rams. With the Cowboys and Seahawks now tied at 8-6, Dallas can bury them next week with a victory.

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Cowboys and Raiders Offer Many Parallels

Jess Haynie



Dak Prescott, Derek Carr

For only the 12th time since their first meeting in 1974, the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders will face off tonight in what will likely be a season-ending game for the loser. Two of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the Cowboys and Raiders have lived almost entirely separate lives throughout their history. Despite that, the two organizations in many ways seem like mirror images of each other.

The Raiders are up by one game, 6-5, in the previous 11 games between Dallas and Oakland. The Cowboys have won the last two matchups, both of which were in Dallas. This will be the first they’ve played in the Raiders’ stadium since 2005.

Oakland is one of only a few NFL franchises the Cowboys have a losing record against. Dallas is .500 or better against 26 the 31 other teams in the league. The only other franchises with winning records against the Cowboys are the Baltimore Ravens (4-1), Cleveland Browns (17-14). Denver Broncos (8-5), and the Green Bay Packers (19-17).

Throughout NFL history, perhaps now two owners have challenged the establishment more than the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis of the Raiders. Davis sued the NFL in 1980 when his efforts to most the team to Los Angeles were blocked. This year, Jerry Jones threatened litigation against the league for how the commissioner’s contract negotiations were being handled.

in 2017, the Cowboys and Raiders were both Super Bowl contenders who have had disappointing the seasons. They go into this week at 7-6 and 6-7 respectively, nearly even, and with similarly slim hopes of still making the playoffs. Both may be still be able to sneak in if they keep winning, but help from other teams is also needed.

Even their quarterbacks can be compared. Dak Prescott and Derek Carr are two of the top young stars at QB in the game but have had adversity this year.  Carr has been trying to bounce back from a major leg injury last year that cut short his breakout season. Prescott, a rookie sensation in 2016, has had to fight the sophomore slump while also dealing with the loss of offensive MVP Ezekiel Elliott.

If that wasn’t enough, both their first names start with a “D” and end with a “K.” Mind-blowing stuff, huh?

All kidding aside, both Dallas and Oakland entered 2017 with championship goals and have had tough blows along the way. Both will be without key players tonight; Dallas still missing Elliott while the Raiders won’t have franchise receiver Amari Cooper. These personnel issues have plagued their seasons and left both on the brink of playoff elimination.

Who stays alive tonight? For two teams that only see each other every four years, this reunion is of incredible importance to both their immediate futures.

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Cowboys, Raiders Week 15 Injury Report

Jess Haynie



David Irving

Tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders features two teams still hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Both will have to try to keep their seasons alive without some key players, according the final injury report for Week 15.

Dallas Cowboys

  • WR Brice Butler (foot) – OUT
  • TE James Hanna (knee) – Questionable
  • OT Tyron Smith (back) – Questionable
  • OT La’el Collins (back) – Questionable
  • DL David Irving (concussion) – OUT
  • DT Maliek Collins (foot) – Questionable
  • LB Sean Lee (hamstring/back) – Questionable
  • LB Justin Durant (concussion) – OUT
  • CB Orlando Scandrick (back) – OUT

Don’t be worried by any of the key “questionable” players. They’re all dealing with nagging injuries and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the year. There is no indication that Sean Lee, Maliek Collins, or either of the starting offensive tackles will miss the game.

Brice Butler will miss his return game against his former team, which is more sad for him than any real issue for the Cowboys. Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown could see some more usage on offensive as a result.

Missing David Irving will hurt as Dallas needs to get pressure on Derek Carr. Coupled with Orlando Scandrick’s absence, the Raiders could be dangerous with their passing game. Thankfully, some of this is offset by their star receiving also missing the game.

Oakland Raiders

  • WR Amari Cooper (ankle) – OUT
  • TE Clive Walford (concussion/neck) – OUT
  • C/G Jon Feliciano (concussion) – Questionable
  • DL Mario Edwards Jr (ankle) – OUT
  • DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle) – Questionable
  • CB David Amerson (foot) – Questionable
  • S Ofi Melifonwu (hip) – OUT
  • DB Keith McGill (knee) – Questionable

The big news here is obviously Cooper being out. Michael Crabtree can still ball but Cooper is one of the top receivers in the game. Dallas’ young corners can breathe easier now.

The big injury on defense is Edwards, the son of the former Cowboys cornerback. He’s started all 13 games this year for Oakland. They also could be without starting corner David Amerson due to a foot injury. That could help Dak Prescott to keep the momentum going from his statistical breakthrough last week.

The rest of the players on the Raiders’ report are all backups.

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