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Did Cowboys Make A Mistake Releasing Darius Jackson?

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Did Cowboys Make A Mistake Releasing Darius Jackson?

We all knew that at some point the Dallas Cowboys would activate veteran running back Darren McFadden and add him to the 53 man roster. To make such a move the organization had to release someone, and even though many of us have projected who that player may be, I don't think any of us saw them cutting Darius Jackson.

Darius Jackson isn't a household name by any means, so many of you will probably just shrug your shoulders upon hearing of his release, but I for one am left in the state of disbelief. I'll admit, it was literally one of those jaw-dropping moments for me.

Now, Jackson may be in his first year in the NFL after being drafted in the sixth round by the Cowboys, but I really had big expectations for him once he had time to develop his skill set a little more.

Cowboys Headlines - Did Cowboys Make A Mistake Releasing Darius Jackson? 1The former Eastern Michigan product possesses an impressive combination of size, speed, and explosiveness, which was on full display at his Pro Day earlier in the off-season. He is a complete back and can not only run the ball, but is an effective receiver out of the backfield and not bad in pass protection either, although that was still a work in progress.

The Dallas Cowboys now risk another team claiming him off of waivers, and I for one would be surprised if he isn't. Hopefully though, he goes unclaimed and the Cowboys can bring him back as a member of the practice squad.

I honestly would hate to see him become a productive member for another team in the NFL, especially considering the team chose to keep Lance Dunbar instead.

You see, Dunbar was my choice for the Cowboys to release when Darren McFadden was  brought back to the active roster. I really have a disdain for specially players and to me that's the category I would put #25 in.

He is not the type of player you want to see carrying the ball between the tackles and the only thing he has been somewhat successful at is as a receiver out of the backfield. Of course, that's not even mentioning the fact that he has a history of being injury prone.

To me, Darius Jackson can do all of those things and has more upside down the road. Unfortunately, we may now see him find success with another team.

I really just thought it was odd that the Cowboys would choose to keep Dunbar, who is on a one-year deal, over Jackson, who is in the first year of his rookie contract. Typically in these situations you see the aging/injury prone veteran get the ax, not the young player with promising potential.

The only thing that I, and the rest of us can do is wait and see if Darius Jackson can somehow slip through waivers and become a member of the Cowboys practice squad.

Here's to hoping that the Cowboys mistake of releasing Jackson in the first place can be rectified by bringing him back to the team.

Would you like to see Darius Jackson return to the Dallas Cowboys?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic.

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  • Travis Diggs

    OF COURSE….the cowboys made a HUGE mistake releasing D.Jackson. He’s the better complete back on the the roster outside of Zeke. Alfred Morris has gave you little of nothing, Dunbar is only in as a 3rd down receiver , and McFadden is in the last year of his deal. The only thing that would make this worse is if he’s claimed by a playoff team Specifically the GIANTS. Overall bad move boys!!!!

    • Brian Martin

      Travis, you’re completely right. I think he is the most complete back outside of Zeke. That’s why it was so surprising that he was the one released. I’m still holding out hope that he can be added to the practice squad, but I think that is highly unlikely.

  • Robert Strandberg

    Bad move!

    • Brian Martin

      I agree Robert.

  • Jeff Cook

    I agree I was completely surprised by this move I really wished they would have released Dunbar or even DMC over Jackson. The only reason I can think of why they released Jackson is maybe he was late to a meeting or he didn’t have a tie lol. We can only hope no other team has seen what we all on here see in Jackson and let him clear waivers and hope we resign him to PS. Of course if we give Dunbar a couple more touches this week he will be heading to IR next week then we can bring Jackson back.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Jeff. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one surprised by Jackson’s release. I’m really hoping he can clear waivers and come back to the Cowboys.

  • Skidmark Goatcabin

    If he clears waivers the Cowboys need to drop Dunbar and resign Jackson. This is a horrible move.

    • Brian Martin

      Skidmark, unfortunately I don’t see them doing that since they kept Dunbar over Jackson in the first place. Fortunately though, the Cowboys can add Jackson to the practice squad and still keep Dunbar. He just has to clear waivers first.

  • Russ_Te

    The problem is Whitehead. The Cowboys need Dunbar around for when he misses meetings… ;^)

    • Brian Martin

      Russ, I would be fine with getting rid of both Whitehead and Dunbar. Give me a more complete player over a specialty player any day.

  • Russ_Te

    Checking Google news for Jackson and there it is, 14 minutes ago. Cleveland claimed him >

    But the Browns are done in 3 weeks and DJ could be teamless again this offseason.

    • Brian Martin

      Yeah, Cleveland claimed him. I doubt that he will be team less again this off-season. This move was probably made for future purposes. That’s true running backs can be found later in the draft, that’s for the Cowboys found Jackson in the first place. Christine Michael was a second round pick however.

      • Russ_Te

        Right about Michael. But he’s bouncing around now, had 10 carries for Green Bay last week. Marion Barber III, 4th round. These RB’s with power & burst seem to be prevalent out of college now.

        It’s true that Cleveland may see DJ as part of their rebuild.

        • Brian Martin

          The RB position takes less time for rookies to contribute in the NFL. It is still disappointing that the Cowboys had a promising first-year player in Jackson. It seems like a wasted pick that might have to be addressed again in the upcoming draft.

  • Assassin

    Both Eagles and Giants made claims on him. Thank God the Browns took him first

    • Brian Martin

      Assassin, I saw that also. I would’ve hated seeing Darius Jackson find success with the Eagles or Giants. At least with the Browns I can root for him.

      • Assassin

        Yep. Would have hated to see him with either one. And like you mentioned on the contract. We have Zeke for three more years plus an option year. Dunbar is only signed through this year. Morris and McF are both signed through 2017. We would have had DJ for 3 more years on a cheap rookie deal.

        • Brian Martin

          Assassin, McFadden is a FA after the season as well.

          • Assassin

            You are correct. my bad.

          • Brian Martin

            No worries. That’s why I was really confused by the release of Jackson with two running backs in the last year of their contracts.

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Dallas Cowboys Have Missing Piece at Offensive Line

Jess Haynie



Dallas Cowboys Have Big Hole on Offensive Line
Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News

There are a lot of positions being talked about right now for the Dallas Cowboys. Upgrades are needed at several spots, but one critical position needs even more than that. Left guard is completely unmanned, and that could be a big problem for the 2018 offensive line if it's not addressed soon.

Last year's starter, Jonathan Cooper, is currently an unrestricted free agent. So are backups Joe Looney and Byron Bell.

Right now, Chaz Green is the only other non-starter under contract who has any NFL experience at left guard. Nobody wants to see him on the field next year.

Dez Bryant may be a big topic but at least he's under contract. The same goes for safety, where we at least have options to turn to if free agency or the draft don't yield anything.

Left guard, though? The cupboard is bare.

La'el Collins' Position Flex Could Come in Handy for Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys OT La'el Collins

One option could be to move La'el Collins back to guard, where many feel he has the most upside, and then find a new right tackle. But that would be changing two positions to fill one hole, and Collins was playing well at tackle by the end of the year.

And obviously, we don't want to see Chaz Green playing that spot either. Or any spot. Ever.

No, at this point it makes sense for Dallas to leave Collins where he is and either sign or draft a starting LG. The question is how much do they want to invest?

The Cowboys are already shelling out big bucks to Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin. Even Collins counts about $7 million against the cap. They have three first-round picks already tied up in the offensive line.

Some thought veteran free agent Josh Sitton would be a nice option, but he got picked up by the Dolphins today for about $8-9 million per year. That's more than Dallas can afford given their limited cap space and other needs.

No, the LG in 2018 is going to need to be a salary cap bargain. That means either re-signing Jonathan Cooper or Joe Looney on the cheap, or perhaps paying a rookie salary to a high draft pick.

Last year's 19th overall pick, O.J. Howard, counted just $2 million against the Bucs' salary cap in 2017.

There are some older veterans who could be cheap band-aid options, such as Matt Slauson or Evan Smith. But you don't get very far down some lists of available guards before you see Jonathan Cooper's name, and continuity is always a plus.

The point here is don't expect any big move, even with the enormity of the need. Dallas will likely reach an agreement with Cooper after he's tested the free agent waters a bit, assuming nobody else scoops him up.

If not, the need at left guard will become increasingly dire the further we get into the offseason.

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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