Great news, guys! Tyron Smith, Ronald Leary, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Doug Free, and our new army of fullbacks (the Dallas Cowboys recently signed Jed Collins and Ray Agnew) have a new running back to block for!
Darren McFadden was signed to a two-year contract Friday morning. Woo pig sooie! Jerry and Co. have only been chasing DMC since the 2008 NFL Draft (and actually drafted his Razorback backfield buddy Felix Jones that year). Darren joins the current Cowboy committee of Joseph Randle, Ryan Williams, and Lance Dunbar. What does this mean?
It means a handful of things:
- America's Team will be implementing a "backfield by committee." We'll see who survives Training Camp and what happens with Joseph Randle's off the field issues, but along with a rookie that we snag...we're spreading the rock. DeMarco Murray carried the ball almost 38493 times, but we'll be splitting that up among these dudes.
- We will absolutely be drafting a running back. I highly doubt that Arian Foster will reprise his role of Ray Jennings from last year's unimpressive Draft Day, but we will overcome. I don't have to tell you that this year's draft class is loaded at RB like a Plaxico Burress pistol, and there's a kid out there who's going to look damn good with a Star on his helmet.
- We're all going to really enjoy the preseason. Every single one of these running backs has something valuable to offer this team. That's not me being nice, I'm a huge jerk in the preseason. These guys are going to duke it out for every single RB roster spot, and it's going to be fun to watch.
- The offensive line is incredible. Dude. Think about it. We just let the NFL's reigning rushing champion, the reigning AP Offensive Player of the Year, the guy who had the most statistically successful year running the rock for the Dallas Cowboys than anyone has EVER had...walk away. TO A DIVISION RIVAL. Let's all get in line behind these RBs and take turns running behind them. Anyone who gets anything less than 20 yards isn't doing it right. These dudes are the real deal.
Darren McFadden will bring a certain level of excitement to our backfield. The guy's got a spring in his step and has the potential to do something special behind the line. He's a great, and inexpensive, chance to take and could be the thing we look back on next February and say, "Thank God we did that."
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from 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.
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.
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.
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