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Does Rod Smith Moving From FB To RB Change The Cowboys Draft Plans?

RJ Ochoa



Rod Smith

The Dallas Cowboys are used to thinking outside of the box when it comes to players in their backfield. Since 2014 we've seen this team have two different players lead the league in rushing, DeMarco Murray and Ezekiel Elliott, and their lead-blocking fullback be either a Clutts or linebacker-turned-fullback in Keith Smith (who actually beat Rod Smith out for the starting fullback spot). The Cowboys are experimenting yet again by officially moving FB Rod Smith to running back.

Glenn Marini on Twitter

VIDEO: @dallascowboys fans - Rod Smith (@Cool_IAM260) is moving from FB to RB - here's what he looked like at RB as a senior in high school!

Rod Smith is indeed the younger brother of Jaylon Smith, who is a big experiment in his own right; Rod has been wearing blue and silver for a little bit longer, though. He officially joined the team in 2015 and even had a kick return that season. Since then Rod has been the older brother of Jaylon, been waived, and been put on the team by virtue of a practice squad spot.

Rod Smith Can Help The Cowboys In 2017

Rod Smith

Rod Smith's transition from fullback to running back could save the Cowboys the trouble of drafting a late-round ball-carrier two weeks from now.

Now we here at Inside The Star are believers in Rod Smith's ability to make the 2017 Dallas Cowboys roster, and his switcharoo to running back could certainly aid in that regard. Currently the Cowboys have the aforementioned Ezekiel Elliott, the newly re-signed Darren McFadden, and last year's free agent acquisition Alfred Morris comprising their backfield.

The Cowboys have been looking to trade Alfred Morris this offseason, which would indicate that they don't necessarily plan on having him around when the 2017 season really ramps up. Before this news of Rod Smith's position change broke it certainly made sense for the Cowboys to consider exercising some NFL Draft capital on the position - man if only Darius Jackson were still around... - but maybe this alters the plans a bit.

This Move Could Save The Cowboys A Draft Pick

Dallas was never going to spend a premier pick on a running back, and Staff Writer Sean Martin agrees as it was a late-round one that he found for the Cowboys in his seven round Mock Draft. Perhaps then the plan that makes the most sense is to have Rod Smith be the third guy, or fourth guy in waiting on the practice squad. Typically a team's third running back is someone who's waiting in the wings and can contribute significantly on special teams, those are bills that Rod Smith absolutely fits.

There's no doubt that the 2017 NFL Draft needs to be a big defensive one for the Dallas Cowboys. They are already tied for the second-least amount of total picks entering the Draft, and if they can save themselves a need on offense they most certainly need to. This move by Rod Smith could be that saving grace and the fact that it's happening less than two weeks until Draft Day could be the glaring indication of such a saving happening.

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  • Travis Diggs

    Darius Jackson Darius Jackson…… Isn’t this why they drafted Jackson last year Because McFadden was on a one year and Alfred Morris was just an extra body. They probably should look at a RB in the draft but don’t necessarily make it a priority

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, 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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

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