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FA Safety Obi Melifonwu Visiting Dallas Cowboys

Sean Martin

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FA Safety Obi Melifonwu Visiting Dallas Cowboys

After going unclaimed on waivers following his release from the Oakland Raiders, Safety Obi Melifonwu is the latest reject from John Gruden's Oakland Raiders to test the waters at The Star with the Dallas Cowboys.

Melifonwu was the Raiders' second round pick in 2017. The athletic safety out of UCONN was never able to get his NFL career off the ground in Oakland, losing all but five games his rookie year to injury before being waived this August.

At the time of his draft, the Cowboys showed interest in pairing Melifonwu with a Connecticut stud of their own - Byron Jones. A year later, Jones is playing at an elite level at cornerback upon the arrival of Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard, and the team's intrigue into Melifonwu is sustained.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Source: Former #Raiders S Obi Melifonwu is visiting the #Cowboys today. He went unclaimed yesterday off waivers.

A pre-draft visitor to the Cowboys, Melifonwu is still searching for a team that can identify his strengths and let him play to them. Asked to do it all in college, evaluating Melifonwu as a next level prospect was difficult.

"If Melifonwu was able to play this box safety position more in college, he could project as a first round safety that fits a Cowboys need almost perfectly. Instead, much of Obi Melifonwu's evaluation to the NFL level is just that - a projection when it comes to how he can adjust for his size and play to his strengths."

This quote comes from my scouting report on how Melifonwu fit the Cowboys back in 2017 before the draft. With Kavon Frazier, Jeff Heath, and Xavier Woods all showing deficiencies against the run at different times this season, Melifonwu could improve a Cowboys rush defense that currently ranks 10th in yards per game.

If the Cowboys learn anything from players that the Raiders have recently moved on from, it's that they're poised for a breakout - at the very least their hopes for Amari Cooper at wide receiver.

Melifonwu deserves to test the waters of free agency, meaning that an immediate signing with Dallas is unlikely. The Cowboys do not play again until November 5th, and when they do take the field at AT&T Stadium (with a 3-0 home record) it could be with significant upgrades at wide receiver and safety.

Tell us what you think about "FA Safety Obi Melifonwu Visiting Dallas Cowboys" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.



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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

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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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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!



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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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.



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