Defensive tackle has been a hot topic as the 2018 offseason looms closer. One player Dallas Cowboys fans shouldn't forget about is Brian Price, who was active for eight games last year before a season-ending knee injury.
Dallas claimed Price off waivers when he failed to make the Green Bay Packers' roster last season. Veteran Cedric Thornton was waived to make room for the 23-year-old prospect.
Brian Price went undrafted in 2016 and then signed with Green Bay. He spent most of the season on their practice squad but did get signed to the 53-man roster for a few weeks. The Packers did not get a chance to have him back in 2017 after the Cowboys scooped him up.
Even though he'd just arrived to the team and was relatively inexperienced, Dallas trusted Price to be one of their reserve defensive tackles for the first eight games of 2017. This was even over prospects like Richard Ash and Lewis Neal, who'd been around the system longer. Given that, Brian Price should not be ignored when considering how the Cowboys will fill the depth chart for next season.
Assuming he recovers fully from the dislocated knee, Brian will be right in the competitive mix with Ash, Neal, and anyone else contending for roster spots.
Even though his contract has expired, Price only has two accrued season in the NFL. That means he will be an Exclusive Rights Free Agent, giving Dallas total control as to whether or not they want him back.
It's a safe assumption the Cowboys will bring Price back after last year. He now has his own system experience to build on and will have just turned 24 years old in June.
While some have projected that defensive tackle could be a major draft priority for Dallas this year, it's one of many positions they need to address. The Cowboys could decide they have enough intriguing young prospects already, allowing Price, Ash, Neal, and others to compete for jobs without investing more resources.
We'll see where Brian Price fits in next year, or if Dallas even chooses to re-sign him. He's a name we shouldn't forget, though, when considering 2018 options at defensive tackle.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
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