I spent my evening tonight driving from Houston to Dallas so that I can be with my father who is having surgery on Wednesday to remove a cancerous tumor from his colon. He was diagnosed with colon cancer just one week ago, as you can imagine it has been a pretty crazy and scary week. Thankfully I have a wonderful wife and child there for me. Sometimes though it is good to be by yourself to have the chance to think about things, and to just get away from everyday life. Now none of this has anything to do with football or the Dallas Cowboys, but I had to give some background as to why I would be driving to Dallas on a Tuesday night. At any rate while I was making the 4 hour trip from Houston, I was able to listen to some very good Cowboy talk radio. There is always plenty to talk about when it comes to the Cowboys, and tonight was no different.
The story of the night was the latest edition of Terrell Owens talk. By now I am sure most have seen the interview with Owens, but just in case you have not here it is! Now like I said a few days ago when the circus came back to town. There are two sides to every story! I am still not sold on all T.O. is trying to sell us now, but I will say this; either every player,coach,trainer,and water boy employed by the Dallas Cowboys are the best liars on the planet. Or Ed Werder and ESPN completely fabricated the largest part of this story! On the radio tonight I was able to listen to a weekly show called "Inside The Huddle" with Martellus Bennett. Now on tonight's show they also had our new favorite running back Tashard Choice, and if any of you have ever had the opportunity to hear Martellus Bennett talk you would know that he has a very BIG mouth. The host of the show asked them both about the "Incident" and they proceeded to tell a story of all of the Cowboys in the locker room at Valley Ranch receiving multiple text's and phone calls from friends and family wanting the inside scoop, as you could imagine. The response is what was interesting, Bennett would say and I quote "We did not know what they were talking about" now I am sorry but it is impossible for Jason Witten and T.O. to be fighting in the locker room and no one know about it! So what is the deal? Well my opinion is that ESPN has now proven to the world (for those of you who actually believe the crap that they spew) that they are nothing more than that "grocery store trash magazine". Evidently ESPN does not have any rules for their reporters to follow. Since when was it OK for someone to air a story without performing any kind of background work?
I used to love watching ESPN but I cannot stand the show anymore, I don't even like to watch sports center! So as I have been writing this post I have decided we need to launch an attack against the world-wide leader in sports, where it hurts them most! I say we join together and vow to not watch ESPN until either the Cowboys win a playoff game or Ed Werder apologizes to T.O. and the Dallas Cowboys. What do you think? Are you with me? For those of you who think you will have problems following through with this, we will have a daily "AA" post here!
Leave us a comment and give us your thoughts or something you would like us to post for the Daily "AA" meeting! Come on Cowboy fans! Have you got your teams' back? I do!
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Signed DE Kerry Hyder
The Dallas Cowboys added more defensive line help today after signing former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder.
Going back to Texas! #CowboysNation
Hyder, 27 originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech with the New York Jets in 2014. He spent a year in New York before signing a future/reserve contract with the Detroit Lions in January 2015.
He had a breakout eight-sack year with the Lions in 2016, but tore his Achilles in 2017 causing him to miss the entire season. In 2018 he had just one quarterback sack after Detroit switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme.
Overall, this is a good depth signing by the Dallas Cowboys. Kerry Hyder has starting potential, but shouldn't keep the Cowboys from upgrading the position further through either another free agent signing for the draft.
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.
As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.
It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.
- TE Jason Witten (unretired)
- TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
- DT Christian Covington (Texans)
The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.
Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.
Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.
- WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
- TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
- DL David Irving (shenanigans)
- LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)
Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.
Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.
Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.
While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.
- FB Jamize Olawale
- WR Tavon Austin
- WR Allen Hurns (team option)
- OT Cam Fleming
- G/C Joe Looney (team option)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
- DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
- LB Justin March-Lillard
- S Darian Thompson
While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?
The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.
Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.
Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.
On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.
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If this is any indication, next week's recap may have a lot more to discuss.
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