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Free Agency Day 2: Potential Targets For The Dallas Cowboys

RJ Ochoa



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It was the great poet Carly Rae Jepsen who once said, I really really really really really really like you! And I want you. Do you want me? Do you want me, too?”

The Canadian singer/songwriter probably had NFL Free Agency on her mind when she wrote that little diddy, wouldn’t you say? It’s the only thing that makes sense!

There are a ton of players that teams really really like. They like these players so much that they’ve signed them to lucrative deals with 18 bajillion dollars guaranteed. If you’d like to see who’s signed where you can at Inside The Star’s Current List Of Free Agent Signings.

If you peruse that list you’ll see that the only action going on for the Dallas Cowboys is the re-signing of Rolando McClain. Hooray!

Fans are starting to get a little restless. Teams are getting new toys and that’s just not fair! We want new toys, too! Well we may not have shown up at the launch of said toys, but the Cowboys are certainly looking over some to add to their collection.

Chris Long, Defensive End

The Cowboys are in the market for a pass rusher.

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We’ve already seen the big names (Olivier Vernon, Mario Williams, Charles Johnson, etc.) find homes. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cowboys have their eyes on one who is a former Second Overall Pick.

Chris Long’s NFL pedigree doesn’t just come from his draft selection spot, it comes from his last name. Chris’s Dad is Pro Football Hall of Famer, and FOX analyst, Howie Long. Saucy.

Long hasn’t had too much success over the last two years, but a lot of that can be attributed to the fact that he only played 18 games over that time. The last time that Long played a full 16 games was 2013 and he put 8.5 sacks on the board in the process.

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Chris Long isn’t exactly the most formidable pass rusher on the market right now, but he’s a great leader in the locker room. Head Coach Jason Garrett is very adamant about getting the “right kind of guys” in there to lead. Perhaps the next leader of the bunch is Chris Long, we know he likes the Cowboys uniforms at the very least judging by an old tweet of his.

Matt Moore, Quarterback

Stafford. Ryan. Schaub. Flynn. Barkley. McGloin. Cassel.

It seems that the abbreviated version of the name Matthew leads most quarterbacks to becoming quite the doorMatt over their careers. Ba-dum-psh!

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The Cowboys ditched a Matt from 2015, Cassel who signed with the Tennessee Titans so he could hang out with DeMarco Murray, and are in the market for another one! It just so happens that this coincides with their need for a backup quarterback. Funny, right?

In all seriousness the Cowboys are in drastic need of an understudy to Tony Romo, who just underwent surgery on his collarbone. Moore is a familiar face to the Cowboys organization as it was America’s Team who gave Matt his first shot in the NFL after he went undrafted in 2007. Moore has gone on to play for both the Carolina Panthers and Miami Dolphins, amassing a 13-12 starting record in the process.

Perhaps the Cowboys will get their new Matt, I mean quarterback, when Moore shows up for his visit with them.

Cedric Thornton, Defensive Tackle

Rod Marinelli likes options on his defensive line and he always wants more.

In order to satisfy Coach Marinelli the Cowboys are bringing in a former Eagle for a visit who seems destined to be a Cowboy, he was born in Star City, Cedric Thornton.

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Thornton has had a pretty quiet NFL career since going undrafted in 2011. He’s got four career sacks to his name, but he did score a defensive touchdown in 2014 so he’s got that going for him! What’s most notable about Cedric is that he’s started 45/48 games over the last three seasons. That’s the kind of consistency the Cowboys like.

This feels like the same sort of move that the Cowboys have been making an annual tradition in regards to the defensive line rotation. They’ve gotten production out of guys like George Selvie, Jeremy Mincey, Terrell McClain, and Nick Hayden. Let’s toss Thornton into that mix and see what happens.

Alfred Morris, Running Back

There’s no official word on anything related to Alfred Morris, I just feel this one in the ‘ol gut.

The Cowboys seem hellbent on the notion that anyone can run behind this offensive line. They lost out on Lamar Miller to the Houston Texans, ugh, and even a big name guy in Matt Forte to the New York Jets.

Don’t panic now, but you need to know this. The only Running Back that is currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster is Darren McFadden. That’s a fact.

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Fan favorite Lance Dunbar has a visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers, so who knows what will happen with Chip Kelly and another Cowboy ball-carrier. Dallas could be seriously considering a big time rookie in the draft now, but they’re still going to need bodies at the position.

Alfred Morris is coming off of the worst season in his young career in terms of yards, touchdowns, and yards per attempt (so basically everything important). What’s important to remember here is that he’s been to two Pro Bowls and is still only 27 years old.

Morris hails from Pensacola, Florida. The Cowboys have had success before with a particular Running Back from that city (Emmitt Smith aka the NFL’s All-Time Leading Rusher aka WHOA). Alfred is worth considering, especially given the lack of depth at the position currently.

Which of this bunch do you think has a shot to legitimately wear the Star? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

  • Emmitt..22

    Everybody know Jerry jones just be talking every year before free agency starts and when it does start ..he does nothing …!!!!

  • RJ Ochoa

    He got Cedric today!

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Can Cowboys Trust Guard Jonathan Cooper in 2018?

Jess Haynie



Jonathan Cooper

One of the big decisions facing the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 offseason is at left guard. Veteran Jonathan Cooper started 13 games last year and is now a free agent. Should Dallas bring Cooper back, or should they look elsewhere for next season’s starter?

With a lot of money already being spent on the rest of the starting offensive line, the Cowboys need a bargain at left guard. They didn’t re-sign Ronald Leary in 2017 for that very reason, hoping Cooper or Chaz Green would be able to handle the job for a fraction of what Leary got from the Denver Broncos.

Cooper took over for Green in Week 4 and held the job the rest of the season. The Cowboys rushing attack remained one of the league’s best, even performing well later in the year when Ezekiel Elliott was suspended. It looked like Jonathan could become part of future plans.

However, in Week 17, Cooper went out of the game with a knee injury. It thankfully wasn’t serious and he is expected to be ready for 2018. However, it was a reminder of the injury-plagued past that has caused the former first-round pick so much trouble.

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Dallas Cowboys Guard Jonathan Cooper

Taken seventh overall in 2013 by the Arizona Cardinals, Jonathan Cooper was one of the true blue-chip guard prospects in recent draft history. He seemed like a can’t-miss pick, and interior linemen don’t often go that high in the draft. The Cowboys have even said they coveted Cooper in that class.

But constant battles with injuries caused Cooper to be traded, released, and discarded by the Cardinals, New England Patriots, and Cleveland Browns over his first four seasons. While 2017 was looking like a turning point for him, Jonathan’s injury in the season finale was a sobering reminder of why he’s become a bargain-bin player.

Still, at just 28-years-old, Cooper has good years left and will now have another offseason for continuity and chemistry development with the Cowboys.

Dallas should have to pay more than a few million to keep Cooper on the roster.

If Dallas is leery (no pun intended) of Cooper, they will have options. La’el Collins could move back to the guard position, allowing the Cowboys to go find either the best guard or tackle who would fit with their existing group.

Given so many other considerations this offseason, Dallas will likely try to simplify things by giving Jonathan Cooper another chance. His history is a red flag, but sometimes you have to take those gambles and save salary cap space to handle other needs.


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Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports

Mauricio Rodriguez



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For better or worse, the Cowboys don’t even need to play football to be all over national TV. I guess it’s just part of being the one and only America’s Team. For the second consecutive week, Fox Sports had a Dallas Cowboys’ player on set for Fox’s “Undisputed.”

Just a week ago, Brice Butler made waves with some controversial comments that failed to make him look like a “great teammate.”

This time, Fox’s guest was Cowboys’ Cornerback Orlando Scandrick. Unlike Butler, I really think we should give Scandrick credit for being a very good teammate, and acting like one on his TV appearance.

Throughout the segment, it feels as if Orlando is being tricked into saying something against his teammates. Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe start bashing on Dez Bryant‘s performance and the fact that he should be replaced.

Of course, this is the kind of stuff fans in Cowboys Nation are thinking about. Heck, I really wouldn’t even mind if Dez isn’t wearing a star next season. However, I really disliked Butler’s comments when asked if he would’ve done a better job if given the same opportunities as Dez.

Scandrick’s responses were awesome though. When asked if he would defend Dez, he didn’t even hesitate.

“I don’t think he’s lost any confidence. He’s one of the most confident players I’ve ever been around. I think it can all be fixed. I think he just needs to get back to work and get back to the basics.” – Orlando Scandrick on Dez Bryant.

Scandrick also answered questions about what went wrong with the Cowboys this season by pointing out the fact they lost one of their best players because of a suspension, and some injuries. But he also said what’s been in our minds for a long time. When asked what was the biggest reason they struggled, he said some painful, yet truthful words: “We played some bad football against some very good teams.”

Later, he was asked about how Sean Lee’s absence affected the defense, he insisted they didn’t step up. At the end of the day, the NFL is a league in which you can’t be that dependent on a single player.

Sean Lee is an awesome player, but I think we’d all like to see this defense be a little less dependent on him.

Scandrick even had to defend Dak Prescott.

Dak was highly criticized after a sophomore season in which he struggled, alongside the entire team. But in the words of Orlando, we should “give him time.” Dak had a lot on his plate, but he made a lot of progress for the Cowboys.

You can listen to the entire interview here.

Orlando Scandrick’s time in Dallas may be coming to an end, especially with young guys like Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis taking over. He’s signed through 2019, so who knows; maybe we see him wearing the star for a bit longer.

“It’s always a possibility.” – Orlando Scandrick on potentially not returning to Dallas next season.

Even still, it’s nice to see him support his football team and his friends on a show which featured a non-starting Cowboys’ wide receiver taking shots against his team. Orlando Scandrick deserves an applause.

Tell me what you think about “Orlando Scandrick Talks Cowboys’ Disappointing Season on FOX Sports” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!


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Should Cowboys Pursue Veteran Backup at Quarterback?

Jess Haynie



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The Dallas Cowboys only have two quarterbacks under contract right now, starter Dak Prescott and backup Cooper Rush. With only three years of combined experience between them, one could argue that a veteran presence would be useful. Should Dallas make a veteran QB a free-agent priority in the 2018 offseason?

Of course, there’s plenty of other QB experience on the Cowboys staff. Head Coach Jason Garrett played professionally from 1989-2004, and started his coaching career with quarterbacks.

Scott Linehan has been coaching offense with an emphasis on the passing game for 30 years.

Kellen Moore, who is taking over for the departed Wade Wilson as quarterbacks coach, has played very recently and will bring a fresh perspective.

However, losing Wilson’s experience from the room, and the lack of any veteran player at QB, shouldn’t be dismissed.

Dak Prescott has said veteran Mark Sanchez — who was with Dallas in 2016 — was a major help during his whirlwind rookie season. Tony Romo enjoyed veteran advice from guys like Brad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and Kyle Orton throughout his playing career.

This isn’t to say Dallas would want to bring in a veteran to knock Cooper Rush down the depth chart. After a surprising preseason, Rush took the backup job from Kellen Moore and certainly has intriguing upside.

If the Cowboys were to add a veteran, that player would have to come in with the understanding he’s competing with Cooper and may not be guaranteed a job.

The good news is that it’ll be a buyer’s market for veteran quarterbacks this offseason.

Guys like Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, and Matt Moore could all be available. Even a player with more pedigree, such as Sam Bradford, may have trouble finding starting work with many jobs taken among the NFL’s 32 teams.

Dallas could even consider bringing back Mark Sanchez, given his previous relationship with Dak Prescott. He only had a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears.

Given Prescott’s seeming durability, Dallas will likely only keep two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster in 2018 and for years to come. Because of that, they may be content to focus on Dak and Cooper Rush, and just get through the offseason with training camp bodies.

However, the case can certainly be made for adding another veteran player with the desire to teach to help these young quarterbacks develop. Prescott was not the same guy in 2017 that we saw as a rookie, and perhaps the absence of guys like Sanchez and Tony on the sideline had something to do with that.


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