Alright Cowboys Nation, who's excited for some Dallas Cowboys football!? Who's ready to finally see Ezekiel Elliott run through defenses? How about Dez Bryant throwing up the X? Defensively, maybe it is Byron Jones or Tyrone Crawford that you are excited about.
However, more than anything, Cowboys fans can take solace in knowing that our quarterback - Tony Romo - is returning to action in 2016. The Cowboys never enter a game with Romo as their quarterback in which they feel like underdogs, which has fans anxious about the numbers that Romo and this offense could put up in a redemption type season.
Recently, Fox Sports picked their most likely NFL MVP candidates for each division, with Tony Romo representing the NFC East. You can click here to see the full story.
"Yes, Romo is a legitimate MVP candidate. He showed why last season and has throughout his career when he's been sidelined. Why? Because the Cowboys can't win without him, and that's a testament to his effectiveness. No player in the NFC East is more valuable than Romo, though Eli Manning merits some consideration. When healthy, Romo is one of the eight best quarterbacks in the league. His career quarterback rating is 97.1, which is the third-highest in NFL history. With Dez Bryant healthy and Ezekiel Elliott in the fold, Romo is going to return to his 2014 form, when he threw 34 touchdown passes and nine interceptions with a rating of 113.2." - Fox Sports
The article, written by Cameron DaSilva, is correct in stating that the Cowboys will be looking to get back to their 2014 ways on offense by drafting Ezekiel Elliott. You see Tony Romo's numbers from that 12-4 season, which earned him 2 MVP votes at the end of the season. DeMarco Murray, before leaving in free agency to join the Eagles, also received two votes that season.
As a division, the last NFC East player to win MVP honors was Cowboys' running back Emmitt Smith in 1993. League wide, in recent MVP history, 8 of the last 9 winners have been quarterbacks.
Romo could also find himself in the conversation for the league's Comeback Player of the Year award, as Dallas sorely missed their signal caller for 12 games last season, losing all but 1 of them.
Even if he is not recognized by the NFL for his accomplishments in 2016, Tony Romo is as motivated as ever to force the entire football world to take notice of the Dallas Cowboys this season, by doing his part in hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on February 5th at NRG Stadium.
Do you see Tony Romo as the most likely NFL MVP candidate in the NFC East for 2016? Let us know! Comment below to start the conversation or email sean.martin@InsideTheStar.com.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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