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Four Dallas Cowboys Make PFF’s 2016 All-Pro Team

RJ Ochoa

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There hasn't been a whole lot lacking from the collective resume of the 2016 Dallas Cowboys, so it's a good thing we left a lot of room in the trophy case during the 2015 season.

America's Team boasts five Pro Bowlers, two MVP candidates, two Rookie of the Year candidates, and the NFL's likely Coach of the Year. While it remains to be seen if any - it's likely a few - Cowboys make the All-Pro Team, we have a slight indication of that with the 2016 PFF All-Pro Team.

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Announcing PFF's 2016 All-Pro team: https://t.co/dlhloZz9pi

Pro Football Focus is among the elite when it comes to football analysis across the web. This season they deemed four members of the Dallas Cowboys worthy of their All-Pro Team:

I trust that you watched the 2016 Cowboys so you can understand why these Cowboys made the list. Zeke is one of the two we referenced that is in contention for MVP/OROTY, so his status isn't shocking. Travis Frederick and Zack Martin also saw their names among Zeke's when it came to the Pro Bowl, so again it makes sense that two of the best at their respective positions would be featured.

Sean Lee Finally Shown Love

Sean LeeWhen the 2016 Pro Bowl Rosters were announced, we saw five Dallas Cowboys make the list... Sean Lee's name was not among them.

Despite playing every game this season - save for Week 17 when his health was prioritized - "The General" didn't miss a single game in 2016. He wasn't only present, but he was dominating across the season.

It made no sense for Sean Lee to not be named to the Pro Bowl, except for the notion that the Pro Bowl is weird, and it's great to see that someone finally recognizes the quality season that he put together. The Cowboys Defense isn't regarded as one of the top units across the league, but they definitely have one of the finer defensive players in Lee.

Where's Tyron Smith? Dan Bailey? Dak Prescott?

As loyal members of Cowboys Nation we want the accolades for all of our top players. This leads to some confusion/frustration that guys like Tyron Smith, Dan Bailey, and Dak Prescott were left off of the list.

In terms of Tyron Smith... while he's certainly still the best left tackle in the game, it's fair to say that he didn't have the best season of his career. This speaks to the incredible quality of play Tyron's had since 2011, but it doesn't at all diminish just how great he is.

Tyron SmithThe legendary foot of Dan Bailey is one that we all bank on week in and week out, but honestly he did have a down Dan Bailey season. During the regular season, Dan posted an 84.4% completion percentage which is - amazingly - the lowest one of his career. Similarly to Tyron Smith, Dan Bailey fell victim to not living up to the ridiculous standards set by his otherwise sparkling consistency.

It is a bit puzzling to see that quarterback Dak Prescott was left off the list, but you have to consider the evaluating that goes into this. The quarterbacks to make the list were Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, who are more conventional and prolific pocket-passers. While Dak Prescott hasn't necessarily been a "mobile" quarterback as far as that definition implies, those two have had more statistical success this season.

It's worth noting that the only two quarterbacks who posted better passer ratings than Dak Prescott in 2016 were Tom Brady and Matt Ryan, so it is somewhat understandable. Still, the four Cowboys who made the list certainly deserved it and should be celebrated.

Tell us what you think about "Four Dallas Cowboys Make PFF’s 2016 All-Pro Team" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

Jess Haynie

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The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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