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Is Daryl Washington An Option For Cowboys After Damien Wilson’s Arrest?

Brian Martin



Dallas Cowboys: Is Daryl Washington An Option After Damien Wilson's Arrest?

Damien Wilson was expected to take on an increased role on defense for the Dallas Cowboys this season, but unfortunately that doesn't look as if it's going to happen now after his recent arrest. But, that could now open what seemed to be a closed door for the Cowboys to add linebacker Daryl Washington.

The Dallas Cowboys kind of find themselves in a precarious situation after the recent arrest of Damien Wilson. Wilson is likely looking at a lengthy suspension, which would be a big hit to the depth the Cowboys currently have at the linebacker position.

Wilson was looking to be the favorite to start at the SAM linebacker position when the season got underway, but now the Cowboys will have to explore other options. Unfortunately, the options seem to be somewhat limited according to what the Cowboys currently have on the roster.

Kyle Wilber would likely be the starting SAM LB if the season was to start today, but he is really best suited as a backup and core special-teams player. The next logical option would probably be Mark Nzeocha, but he has mostly been practicing at middle linebacker. Nearly all of the other LBs don't really fit the criteria the Cowboys seem to like in their strong side linebackers.

So, the Dallas Cowboys could decide to look outside their current roster and possibly set their sights on the talented, yet troubled LB Daryl Washington.

LB Daryl WashingtonDaryl Washington has been very openly pleading his case to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys this off-season after he was reinstated by the NFL back in April. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen on deaf ears so far. But, that doesn't mean Cowboys' fans haven't noticed and expressed their interest in bringing him to Dallas.

Washington would without a doubt be an upgrade over Damien Wilson and would make the Cowboys' linebackers all that much more talented. In his four years starting at MLB for the Arizona Cardinals, Washington accumulated 394 combined tackles, 6 INT's, 3 forced fumbles, and an amazing 18 QB sacks. But, despite the talent, there are quite a few red flags.

Daryl Washington first felt the wrath from the NFL in 2013 when he was suspended four games for violating the substance abuse policy. The NFL brought the hammer down once again in 2014 by suspending him an entire season because he violated these substance abuse policy for a second time. He has been out of the NFL ever since until his recent reinstatement.

Unfortunately, those substance abuse suspensions aren't the worst of his red flags. In May 2013, Washington was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault in Phoenix, Arizona. The incident was over a custody battle involving his ex-girlfriend, who he shares a daughter with.

It was reported that Washington pushed her down with both hands and the result was a broken collarbone for his ex-girlfriend. He ended up pleading guilty to the accusations in March of 2014 and was subsequently sentenced to a one-year supervised probation.

Daryl Washington's red flags should without a doubt be a concern, especially for the Dallas Cowboys. They have had their fair share of trouble players who have let them down, which could mean he may not be even a consideration to replace Damien Wilson. But, never say never.

Should the Cowboys bring Daryl Washington to Dallas?

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  1. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    July 6, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Don’t see Washington as a SAM. If anything, he’s more of a WILL or a MIKE at the most. However, if Wilson is going be lost for extended time, he could be a useful backup and much in the same mold as Justin Durant.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      I agree. Washington is much better suited to play MLB, but he has the size and athleticism to play SAM. He would definitely give the Cowboys more options because he could probably start at any LB position. The only concern is his past history and his time away from the game.

  2. Randy Martin

    July 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I think we all know Washington isn’t going to be the solution. I think they will stand pat with what they have until and if Wilson comes back from suspension. If not I think Zach Orr is the guy we should look at

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      Randy I tend to agree with you about Washington, but Zach Orr is too small to be a SAM LB. He’s listed at just 225 lbs and that’s too small to play outside LB in a 4-3 defense. I would love to have him for depth at MLB and WLB though.

      • Randy Martin

        July 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

        I guess I should have clarified. Of course you can’t read my mind. I am not sure Jaylon Smith is going to be ready to play every down at MLB so I would like to see Orr at MLB and move Kyle Wilber to Sam if Wilson is going to miss significant playing time. We know Dallas doesn’t give up on their guys very quickly so I don’t think Wilson is going anywhere.

        • Brian Martin

          Brian Martin

          July 6, 2017 at 5:26 pm

          Randy, I agree with you. Orr would provide valuable depth behind Hitchens or Lee if Smith isn’t ready to go. And, I agree with you about Smith. Training camp is going to be big for him to determine just how ready he is.

  3. Corey

    July 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    It really couldn’t hurt to sign Daryl Washington to a 1 year contract to show what he can do, and to see if he is still the same player he was in Arizona. I think this could be a good thing in the long run. We all know he can rush the QB so I would give him a shot. Honestly I think Damien Wilson will be released for this incident.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 6, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Corey, the Cowboys might not even be considering Washington because of his past history. I’m personally on the fence about adding him. I would be okay with whatever the Cowboys decided to do. It is intriguing to speculate what he might be able to do after so much time away from the game though.

  4. Emilio Gonzalez

    July 6, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Bring him on don’t need to read the whole article Cowboys should look at him sign him n let him play what do they have to lose nothing really, Damien Wilson is not going to play anytime soon that’s 4sure. Thanks

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 7, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Thanks for commenting Emilio. There are quite a few Cowboys fans that would agree with you. I’m a little bit on the fence because of all of Washington’s past red flags, but I do this a lot like the situation that brought Rolando McClain to the Cowboys a few seasons ago. There’s certainly a need to address the LB position and Washington is arguably the best free agent

  5. John Williams

    John Williams

    July 7, 2017 at 2:27 am

    He’s the first name that popped into my mind when the news about Wilson came out. That being said, would the Cowboys be willing to take the PR hit by adding a guy like that.

    I’ve wondered a bit about Jaylon Smith playing SAM. I know in College Notre Dame used him to rush the passer from the EDGE at times and so it makes me wonder if he would have the strength to set the edge in the run game.

    Otherwise, it seems like we are looking at Wilber or Hitchens at SLB.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      July 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

      John, Jaylon Smith first has to prove himself healthy enough to take on blockers before he can even be considered playing anywhere. I don’t have him a part of the equation right now because of that fact. I also view the Cowboys adding Daryl Washington a lot like the situation that brought Rolando McClain to Dallas. Both players had plenty of red flags, but the lack of depth at the LB position kind of forced their hand. I don’t think they will make a move anytime soon because I think they will wait and see what they currently have on the roster. But, I wouldn’t rule out Washington just yet

      • John Williams

        John Williams

        July 10, 2017 at 2:24 am

        Absolutely no doubt on Jaylon. Can’t even bet on him suiting up for the team in 2017.

        What looked like to be a strength on the team now looks like the weakness of the defense.

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How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

Mauricio Rodriguez



How The Tables Have Turned for 2019 Dallas Cowboys

The 2018 season was a two-part tale for the Dallas Cowboys. The first is the story of a mediocre 3-5 team that couldn't get it going offensively. The second part is about a football team that turned its season around, made the playoffs, got a win in the postseason and ultimately lost to the team that ended up representing the NFC in Super Bowl LIII, the Los Angeles Rams.

Surely, 2018 didn't go as planned. The storylines leading to last season are actually very different from the ones we're hearing today. Let's take a look at a few examples of how the tables have turned for the Dallas Cowboys.

The need for a true WR1

Last season, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys preached the philosophy of not needing a #1 wide receiver. While that could've sound encouraging at the time, once the season began the team was proven wrong. They did need a WR1. Fortunately, this season we won't have to worry about it. This year, Dez Bryant shouldn't be a discussion topic among Cowboys' fans.

Amari Cooper is in the house. And he's been pretty good since he started playing with a Star on his helmet. If we have conversations about the WR position, they will not be about who's the #1 guy. With Michael Gallup showing up late in the season, it probably won't be about who is #2 either.

How Cowboys Set up High-Stakes Division Meeting with Eagles at Home

Back on top of the NFC East

Last year, the Dallas Cowboys were not really the favorites to win the NFC East. The Philadelphia Eagles had just made history by winning their first Super Bowl ever and it seemed like the Cowboys would have to get a wildcard spot to play in January. Now it's the Cowboys back on top after sweeping the Eagles and turning their once 3-5 season around.

That of course, means a tougher schedule next season. However, it's nice to be back on top of the division. These two teams will surely have an intense race for the division title next season. Maybe we even see them both in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Sean Lee's uncertain future

I'm pretty sure no one expected Sean Lee to be considered a potential cap casualty for the 2019 season. Even if he was, it would've probably been anticipating an injury or something like that. No one would've imagined that Leighton Vander Esch would be so good to take Sean Lee's job.

The Cowboys' first round rookie truly earned the starting role as the defense's weak linebacker and he should keep it. With Sean Lee set to return to the field, I'm sure we didn't expect him to be a backup by now. We'll have to wait and see if the Cowboys decide to part ways with him. As a fan, it would certainly be painful. But we can't deny it would be a move that makes sense.


It's a crazy franchise on a crazy league. Who knows how things will go from now on, but the Dallas Cowboys certainly look like a promising team heading into the 2019 offseason. Here at Inside The Star, we'll continue to update you with the latest on your favorite NFL team.

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Cowboys en Español: Volviendo a la Idea de Earl Thomas

Mauricio Rodriguez



Are the Dallas Cowboys Done Pursuing FS Earl Thomas? 1

El año pasado, Earl Thomas fue uno de los temas de conversación más frecuentes para los aficionados de los Dallas Cowboys. Después de que los Seattle Seahawks no le dieran su deseada extensión de contrato, Thomas se convirtió en un candidato a ser intercambiado de su equipo. Entre los favoritos estaban los Cowboys, quienes tenían una necesidad en su defensiva secundaria. Ahora que la temporada 2018 llegó a su fin, la misma necesidad por un safety de calidad está presente en Dallas.

Sólo que en esta ocasión, Earl Thomas no está bajo contrato con ningún equipo. Su último momento con el uniforme de los Seahawks fue en un carro de lesiones, donde salía lesionado en dirección a su vestidor. Esto mientras se despedía de su equipo con el dedo de en medio extendido hacia sus entrenadores y compañeros. Así concluyó su temporada y su carrera en Seattle.

Ahora, listo para cumplir los 30 años en mayo, Earl Thomas probará la agencia libre cuando comience en marzo. Y sin lugar a dudas, uno de los equipos candidatos a firmarlo serán los Dallas Cowboys. Es un equipo que a pesar de tener una de las mejores defensivas la temporada pasada, se vería muy beneficiada con la llegada de un profundo del calibre de Thomas.

A pesar de su edad y las lesiones, Thomas continúa siendo uno de los mejores en la liga. Su talento es innegable y tendrá toda la disposición de demostrar lo que vale cuando tome el campo la próxima temporada. Cuando llegue el momento, podríamos ver una guerra de ofertas entre varios equipos de la NFL para llevarse al veterano a sus respectivas ciudades.

La pregunta es: ¿estarán los Dallas Cowboys en esa guerra de ofertas?

Los Cowboys tienen espacio en el tope salarial. Sin embargo, este no durará mucho considerando que DeMarcus Lawrence está esperando su merecida y cara extensión después de jugar bajo la etiqueta franquicia en 2018. Además, jugadores que aún están bajo contrato también estarán buscando ofertas este offseason.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, y Byron Jones están en la lista de quehaceres de la administración. Eso sin mencionar a Cole Beasley, cuyo contrato ya expiró y podría llegar a la agencia libre en marzo.

A pesar de esta complicada situación, los Dallas Cowboys deberían buscar conseguir a Thomas. Siendo sinceros, la defensiva tiene mucho talento y podría mantener su nivel en 2019. Pero hace falta un jugador en la posición de safety para llevar a esta unidad a otro nivel. Un nivel realmente capaz de ganar en postemporada enfrentándose a cualquier tipo de ofensiva. Sin importar que tan explosiva sea. Y además de esto, un jugador que sea capaz de robar el balón y hacer jugadas de impacto constantemente.

Cuando los Cowboys se enfrentaron a Seahawks en temporada regular, Thomas dio un buen ejemplo de esto interceptando en dos ocasiones a la ofensiva de Dak Prescott.

A pasos de un equipo de campeonato, un movimiento agresivo para obtener a Earl Thomas sería algo genial para Dallas. Vimos como los Rams de Los Angeles fueron agresivos al construir su equipo y llegaron hasta el Super Bowl este febrero. Quizá es tiempo de que Jerry Jones y compañía sean igual de agresivos y vayan por ese safety elite que la afición lleva pidiendo desde el offseason del año pasado.

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Slot Machine: Amari Cooper in the Slot Could be Even More Dangerous

Brian Martin



Slot Machine: Cole Beasley Out, Amari Cooper In?

Amari Cooper was a dangerous man with the Dallas Cowboys after he arrived via trade from the Oakland Raiders last season. He was one of the big reasons why they were able to turn around a season that looked as if it was circling the drain and I don't think anybody would argue the point. But, I think he could be even more dangerous in 2019, especially if Cole Beasley departs via free agency.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you pretty much know the topic of the Cowboys offseason so far has centered around Cole Beasley and his future with the organization. He has been invaluable in Dallas since arriving as an undrafted free agent in 2012, but it's looking more and more as if he could be taking his talents elsewhere in 2019.

With Beasley more than likely moving on, the Cowboys will need to find someone who can replace his production in the passing game, especially in the slot. Everybody assumes Dallas needs to go outside the organization to find that player, but I'm not so sure. I think they already have a wide receiver more than capable of stepping in, and he just so happens to be there first-round draft pick this year.

In case you haven't figured it out already, I'm talking about Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. He has mostly been used as an outside receiver in his professional career, but he does have the skill set and route running ability to be a really dangerous out of the slot. I'm not talking about a full-time move into the slot or anything, just a marginal increase in snaps.

Amari Cooper

Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

According to, only 12.6% of Amari Cooper's snaps in 2018 were out of the slot. For comparison sake, Cole Beasley's snaps in the slot was 85.9%, the highest of any receiver in the NFL last season. That's a huge difference, not one the Cowboys should try to match with Cooper or any other potential slot WR replacement.

Personally, I'd like to see Cooper's snaps playing out of the slot increased to around 20%. That would put him in Odell Beckham Jr. territory (19.9%), and we all know how difficult he is to cover all over the field. It would likely do the same for Amari Cooper.

I just really like the idea of him having the entire field to work with and the favorable matchup it creates with slot/nickel cornerbacks around the league. Can you imagine opposing defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to contain a player that has the kind of speed and route running ability that Amari Cooper has? They better stock up on Tylenol, because that is a surefire way to get a headache.

This is course is just speculation at this point, especially since we don't know what the Cowboys offense will look like with Kellen Moore taking over the playcalling duties. But if it was me, I'd be doing everything in my power to get the ball in the hands of my best WR, Amari Cooper, and that might mean increasing his snaps out of the slot.

What do you think about using Amari Cooper out of the slot more often in 2019?

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