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Dallas Cowboys: Signing Orlando Franklin Should Be A Priority

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Dallas Cowboys: Signing Orlando Franklin Should Be A Priority
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Earlier in May, the Los Angeles Chargers decided to cut ties with their offensive guard Orlando Franklin in order to go younger/cheaper as they try to revamp their offensive line. Things might not of worked out for Franklin in his two years with the Chargers, but if the Dallas Cowboys were wise they should make signing him a priority to upgrade their already talented OL.

It wasn't really a huge surprise the Los Angeles Chargers decided to release Orlando Franklin. He was never really a great fit in their power-gap blocking scheme. He seems much more comfortable in the zone blocking scheme he used to play in with the Denver Broncos. Coincidentally, that's the same type of blocking scheme the Dallas Cowboys utilize.

Orlando Franklin started his career as a right tackle with the Denver Broncos, but made a position change to left guard in 2014. He was one of the better OGs that season and finished second in PFF's pass-blocking efficiency, having only allowing one QB sack and 11 pressures.

Orlando Franklin

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As you can see, Orlando Franklin's performance started to take a downward trajectory when he became a member of the Chargers in 2015. He missed six games in his first season with the Chargers with various injuries, but started all 16 games in 2016. He has struggled to regain his form since leaving Denver, but there is reason to believe that will change as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Franklin's versatility to play either right tackle or left guard for the Cowboys is one of the reasons why I think they should make signing him a priority. Franklin has already proven he excels in the zone blocking scheme at both tackle and guard, which would give the Cowboys OL yet another player who could play several different positions.

He would provide viable insurance in case La'el Collins struggles out at RT or could come in and be the starting LG from the get-go. There's not really a lot to like about the Cowboys current options to take over for the departed Ronald Leary. Franklin would be an immediate upgrade from all of their current options.

Of course, what this really comes down is to is money and how much it would take to bring him to Dallas.

Orlando FranklinFranklin might be interested in signing a two-year deal with the Cowboys, since he was already set to make $3.5 million this season with the Chargers. This would allow him to cash in again in a couple years and give himself the best possible chance to regain his previous form after playing with Dallas' talented offensive line.

I personally think a two-year, $7 million deal, with maybe a $2 million signing bonus is certainly possible. Dallas has the money to do that and re-sign Zack Martin to a multi-year contract. This would definitely solidify the offensive line for a few more seasons without having to play Russian roulette at LG in 2017.

The starting five of Tyron Smith, Orlando Franklin, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and La'el Collins certainly sounds much better than anything else the Cowboys could put together with their current roster. If the organization is serious about protecting Dak Prescott and giving themselves the best chance to win, then Franklin should without a doubt be a priority free agent signing.

Do you think the Cowboys should sign Orlando Franklin?



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  1. tom

    July 21, 2017 at 8:19 am

    interesting find. this would be another in the line of finding value add OLine depth that helps future years like Collins/Cooper in previous years. only problem I had is the $2M guarantee money. he is essentially an upgrade to Green with better injury history. If we signed him, it would mean we cut either Cooper or Green

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

      I really have no problem cutting either Cooper or Green. Both players seem to be always injured and have yet to prove themselves in the NFL. Signing Orlando Franklin to a two-year deal would give the Cowboys some flexibility about addressing the future right tackle or left guard position. He can play both positions and the jury is still out on La’el Collins.

      • Randy Martin

        July 21, 2017 at 9:52 am

        I don’t think Dallas is going to cut ties with Green any time soon. Unless, of course we see another season of injuries from him. I like what I have seen when he’s on the field and know they do as well. I also think they want to see Cooper after a full training camp. There is a reason he was drafted as high as he was and if his career was only derailed by injury, then good health may bring the Cooper that was a first round pick. I’m not opposed to bringing Franklin in for a look and let them fight it out and may the best man win.

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          July 21, 2017 at 11:29 am

          I don’t think Green is going anywhere either. At worst, he will probably be the swing tackle in 2017. I just have much faith in Cooper. He’s been a journeyman since coming into early because of injuries. It’s hard to go comfortable with him if he does when the starting job.

      • tom

        July 21, 2017 at 10:16 am

        I think Collins will probably get his payday next year as future RT. It is his to lose. therefore, Cooper/Green/Franklin would be battling for starting LG and swing T position. I do like the versatility aspect of Franklin. but committing $2M guarantee….. how much did we guarantee to Cooper?

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          July 21, 2017 at 11:34 am

          Collins still has a lot to prove this season and will have to do it by facing some tough pass rushers. I think committing 2 million guaranteed for a starting caliber OL is worth it. According to overthecap.com, Cooper is guaranteed to make $1 million this season with the Cowboys.

  2. Emilio Gonzalez

    July 21, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I say bring him on board nothing to lose and a lot gain.Thanks

  3. John Williams

    John Williams

    July 24, 2017 at 3:05 am

    Gimme.

    You have me convinced. Sign him. Let him compete with Cooper and if he wins the job, you cut Cooper and roll into the season with…

    Tyron, Franklin, Fred, Zack, Collins as your starting OL and then you have Green, Looney, Cleary, and Bell as your backups. With one of Cleary, Bell, and Green being inactive each week. But you would have excellent depth and flexibility inside and outside.

  4. leo thomas

    August 6, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Orlando Franklin we could use most definitely. The players there are not going to work out.

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

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Has the Time Come to Bid Farewell to WR Cole Beasley?

It was inevitable that we would reach this point eventually. I warned Cowboys Nation back in May to prepare yourselves that 2018 might be the last time we see Cole Beasley in a Dallas Cowboys uniform, and indeed that could be the scenario that plays out. Now a free agent, Beasley is free to sign with any team of his choosing.

The Dallas Cowboys have however shown an interest in bringing Cole Beasley back in the mix. They supposedly offered him a contract extension before the start of the season, but it was a number Beasley scoffed at. To me, this suggests the two sides may have a difficult time mutually agreeing on the money amount it would take to keep him in a Cowboys uniform for what could be the rest of his career.

Being a fan favorite too many Cowboys fans, it would be hard for many of us to see Cole Beasley playing in a different uniform. But more than that, his productivity in the passing game and bond with Quarterback Dak Prescott would surely be missed and not easily replaced.

Cole Beasley, Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott

As much as I hate to admit it, I have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys extending Beasley's contract. Unfortunately, he's just not at the top of the list when it comes to handing out contract extensions. In fact, he could be at the bottom of the pecking order.

The Cowboys still have to extend DeMarcus Lawrence, Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, and quite possibly Ezekiel Elliott and Byron Jones. All of these players are probably more of a priority than Beasley due to the positions they play and their age. That means No. 11 is likely the odd man out.

I'm not ruling out his return to Dallas just yet though. He may find the Cowboys previous offer was more than fair to the way other teams value him on the open market. That would certainly increase the possibility of him staying put and not having to uproot his family to another city.

There is no denying the Dallas Cowboys value Cole Beasley and what he brings to the passing game. His value may even rise a little now that Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan is no longer in the picture. A new OC definitely adds an interesting twist in determining Beasley's future with America's Team.

What do you think? Should the Dallas Cowboys extend Cole Beasley's contract?



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Cowboys Chill While Pats & Rams Set to Thrill

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If you were to check out the line on the Super Bowl matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, you might wander over to Sportsbook Review, where you could read a 5Dimes review and see what all the best online sportsbooks, first and foremost among them 5Dimes, are dealing on this intriguing matchup. Tom Brady and the Patriots, much to everyone’s chagrin outside the six New England states, are back in it – again – and are currently slight favorites over the emerging LA Rams.

In New England’s 37-31 victory over the Chiefs, the Patriots did what they always seem to do, which is rally late and win in dramatic fashion. It’s become almost a ho-hum experience in New England while the rest of the country bites on a bullet, cursing the embarrassment of riches and success that has been the standard of this Patriots’ franchise for two decades. But this was supposed to be the season that the dynasty would end after viewing Tom Brady’s often mediocre performances and his All-World tight end, Rob Gronkowski, hobbling up and down the field without the same reckless abandon as we’ve seen in year’s past. And then their only truly talented speed merchant capable of stretching the field, Josh Gordon, left the team under a cloud of suspicion.

Unfortunately for the rest of the nation, the Patriots' once porous defense coalesced into a rather stout unit and apparently, the two weeks between the end of the regular season and the start of the Patriots’ postseason was enough time for Brady to heal from his rumored sprained MCL that he had been dealing with in silence all season long.

Gronkowski must have also visited the same shaman as Brady because he looked as dominating as ever in ripping the Chiefs on every critical third-down throughout the final quarter. Finally, the conduit to much of Brady’s success, Julian Edelman, is now being mentioned as a Hall-of-Fame candidate when his run is done.

It’s all a bit much for everyone else, but not for Patriots Nation.

The LA Rams will be the Patriots’ latest foe on the league’s grandest stage as they have a burgeoning superstar in Jared Goff. Los Angeles tore through the regular season off of the golden arm of Goff and his Juggernauts, winning 13 of 16 and earning a first-round bye. Their first foray into the 2018 postseason was a 30-22 win over the determined but overwhelmed Dallas Cowboys. The Rams then traveled to the lair of Drew Brees and the Saints down on the bayou and came away with a 26-23 overtime victory.

However, had it not been for an inexcusable non-call, it is far more likely LA would be watching, rather than participating in this year’s Super Bowl. If you didn’t see it or hadn’t heard about it, then the question begs; why are you reading this article?

Of course, you know that LA’s cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman steamrolled New Orleans’ wideout Tommylee Lewis as Brees’ pass was descending toward Lewis inside the five-yard line. It was a penalty without a flag and that one blown call forced the Saints to settle for a field goal that pushed them ahead 23-20. Yet, there was still enough time on the clock to give Goff and his prolific Rams’ offense one last gasp at either tying the game or putting a dagger through the hearts of Saints’ fans everywhere with a touchdown in the waning moments.

It was the former and not the latter that occurred, but an errant pass by Brees in overtime sealed the deal as the Rams picked it off and ultimately ended the contest off the thunderous foot of Greg Zuerlein.

If you want to check out the line movements over the next two weeks for Super Bowl LIII then get on over to Sportsbook Review, read the 5Dimes review, and see exactly where the money is moving the spread as well as the total in the game. Buckle up Cowboys’ fans, it’s gonna get even more interesting as February 3rd draws near.



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Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Lamentablemente, la temporada 2018 de los Dallas Cowboys ha llegado a su fin. Lo hizo cuando el equipo visitó Los Angeles para intentar sorprender a los Rams en su propio campo en la Ronda Divisional de los playoffs. Ni siquiera con una invasión exitosa de la afición de Dallas pudieron ganarse un pase al Campeonato de Conferencia. En vez de eso, los Cowboys estarán viendo desde casa y la afición estará preguntándose: ¿qué sigue para los Dallas Cowboys?

Parece ya una tradición anual que no podemos dejar pasar. Este momento en el que comenzamos a cuestionar, una vez más, que entrenador es digno de quedarse en la franquicia y cual debe irse. En esta edición de "Cowboys en Español," hablaremos específicamente de los tres principales coaches en el equipo.

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli Should Be On The Hot Seat

Coordinador Defensivo Rod Marinelli

El futuro del coordinador defensivo de los Dallas Cowboys no se puede tratar sin mencionar a Kris Richard. Fue la defensiva la que llevó al equipo hasta la postemporada y fue la unidad que cargó al equipo en muchas de sus victorias. Incluso con la llegada de Amari Cooper a Dallas, la defensiva fue siempre el pilar de la franquicia esta temporada.

Jaylon Smith y Leighton Vander Esch sorprendentemente se perfilaron como uno de los mejores duos de linebackers en toda la liga, la línea defensiva fue muy exitosa con Randy Gregory y DeMarcus Lawrence en los extremos y con la grata sorpresa que fue Antwaun Woods en el centro. La secundaria vio la mejor temporada en la controversial carrera de Byron Jones e hizo un excelente trabajo con un talento decente, pero no genial.

Todo esto, y el haber terminado como la sexta mejor defensiva en puntos permitidos (20.2) y la quinta mejor contra la corrida (94.6), hace a Rod Marinelli merecedor de una ronda de aplausos. Sin embargo, Richard probablemente merezca más aplausos.

Fue Richard quien revolucionó la defensiva de los Cowboys y la convirtió en un grupo mucho más agresivo. Fue él quien implementó jugadas de "blitz" en el equipo (algo no común con Marinelli) y quien en un punto de la temporada, comenzó a seleccionar las jugadas desde la banda.

En esta posición, me parece que los Dallas Cowboys tienen que enfrentar la dura decisión de decirle a Marinelli que es tiempo de dejarle el puesto a Kris Richard. Si bien no se llevó un trabajo de head coach, es muy probable que le llovieran ofertas a Richard si no se hace con el título de coordinador defensivo en Dallas.

Scott Linehan Acknowledges Need for New "Wrinkles" in Cowboys Offense

Dallas Cowboys OC Scott Linehan (Tim Heitman / USA TODAY Sports)

Coordinador Ofensivo Scott Linehan

Con un equipo tan polémico como este, la afición de Dallas no concuerda en muchas cosas. Sin embargo, lo hacen al hablar del pésimo trabajo que Scott Linehan ha realizado mandando las jugadas en ofensiva. Realmente ha sido doloroso de ver y es en mi opinión, el mayor problema que tiene el equipo actualmente.

Semana tras semana, fuimos testigos de pésimas decisiones en la ofensiva de los Cowboys. Vimos como el equipo se aferraba a llenar la caja de defensivos antes de correr el balón con Ezekiel Elliott. Vimos incontables pases pantalla en tercera oportunidad y largo. Pero no solo es lo que vimos, sino lo que no vimos.

A pesar de la innegable habilidad para correr el balón de Dak Prescott, Linehan se rehusó a explotar esta versatilidad de su QB. Vimos pocos "QB sneaks," jugada donde el mariscal toma el balón bajo centro y consigue poco yardage detrás del empuje de su línea ofensiva.

Siendo honestos, los Cowboys llevan dos años sufriendo por este coordinador. Dejarlo volver en el 2019 sería una decisión ridícula. Los comentarios en la radio de Jason Garrett no lucen prometedores, pero realmente sería una sorpresa que fueran ciertos. Linehan no debe volver... punto.

Jerry Jones Delivers Vote of Confidence in "Real Deal" Jason Garrett

Head Coach Jason Garrett

El futuro en esta posición será muy debatido durante los próximos meses, pero de los tres que hemos mencionado es sin lugar a dudas el más seguro de todos. Nos guste o no, Jason Garrett estará al frente del equipo la próxima temporada.

Garrett está lejos de ser un gran coach y aún le hace falta demostrar que puede cumplir las aspiraciones de los Cowboys de traer un sexto Trofeo Lombardi a casa. Pero siendo honesto, este equipo debería tener suficiente con Garrett y un par de buenos coordinadores. ¿El problema? No hay un par de buenos coordinadores en el equipo.

Sin embargo, Garrett ha demostrado que cuenta con el amor y apoyo de sus jugadores. Ha demostrado que efectivamente, puede ganar la división (lo ha hecho en tres de los últimos cinco años). Este año el equipo le dio la vuelta a la temporada después de comenzar 3-5.

Lo más preocupante en mi opinión, es la falta de urgencia para despedir a Linehan, por ejemplo. Quizá a puerta cerrada Garrett quiere un cambio en su staff, pero nunca lo sabremos.

Jason Garrett no es un coach excelente, pero podría ser suficiente para llevar a los Cowboys a un Super Bowl si tiene un equipo adecuado. Todo parece indicar que su trabajo está seguro (incluso más de lo que pensamos) así que es tiempo de esperar que se arreglen sus coordinadores.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Hablemos de los Coaches" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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