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2009 free agency and the draft are two places that could change the mental state of the Cowboys greatly. How? well I have said several times that some of the players on this team need to be pushed. Certain areas can solely be addressed in the draft. Others however need quality veteran players to accomplish this. The problem with free agency is as badly as Jerry likes to make the "big splash" the Cowboys can do more harm than good here. However there are going to be players available this year that can compete for starting positions and come at a reduced price. The problem with the draft is you really don't know what you are getting until you get it.

The Quarterback position is #1 on the wish list. There is no way we can enter next season without a quality backup.Preferably the Cowboys spend a late round pick on a work in progress, and go out and get a veteran guy to come in and compete with Tony, this is what's best for the team and for Tony. I would love it if it were even a possibility for us to some how land Kurt Warner, but he is only going to sign somewhere to be the starter, and he will command too much cash! Here are my top two picks on who should be looked at to replace Brad Johnson.

  1. Byron Leftwich - Big and strong can move around enough, has a strong arm, and is a competitor
  2. Chris Simms - Fantastic arm, can move around well, and is a former longhorn.

Position of need #1A is the Offensive line! I am hung on whether this unit is just not being coached well or if they simply feel no pressure from behind and are lazy. This unit MUST get better that is just simply the way it has to be. Our QB can not continue to take shots like he did this year, and this team has too many good backs to not be able to run the ball. Here is the short list I put together.

  1. Mark Tauscher - Can play Tackle or Guard, is big, and is a fighter.
  2. Jordan Gross - Former first round draft pick of Carolina, probably out of price range but worth looking into. A little smaller Guard than what the Cowboys are used to at 6'4" 300
  3. Jason Brown - Big center (6'3" 313lbs.) started all 16 games last year for the Ravens.
  4. Khalif Barnes - Big (6'6" 305), young tackle 2nd round Jacksonville draft pick in 2005
  5. Jordan Black - Big (6'5" 314) was Khalif Barnes' back up in Jacksonville, started for 3 years in Kansas City after being drafted by them in the 5th rd in 2003.

The safety position is priority #2 this year. Do not even say that Roy Willy is healthy! He makes things worse! I would be for a position change for Anthony Henry but the Cowboys seem hesitant to do it. This position upgrade will probably come via the draft but here is a name that may become available once their season is over.

  1. Dawan Landry - A 5th rd. draft choice by the Ravens in 2006, Neck injury has had him on IR for most of this year, but the guy can tackle and showed signs of being a ball hawk his rookie year with 5 picks.

Last but certainly not least is the Defensive line this position will probably not change much as the quality guys available are VERY EXPENSIVE (Haynesworth) and the rest in the free agent pool are not anymore quality than what we already have, look for this area to be addressed in the draft.

  1. Bertrand Berry - at 33 years old could add that veteran leadership roll, but is not better than what we currently have.

I have one last bonus player I would not mind seeing in a Cowboy uniform, Chris Gamble! I like this guy he is hard nosed plays the run very well, led the panthers this year with 18 pass deflections. He would be a great fit for this team.


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2 Comments
  • Mike

    How can you not put B Dawk in that category …talk about instant accountability and leadership

  • bags030404

    The reason for not putting him on that list is I only wanted to put players who the Cowboys might actually have a shot at getting. Meaning either at a lowers cost or players that will actually be left to try the free agency market. I personally feel like Dawkins will be back with the Eagles, I know its all about the money, but he is more likely to sign a lower tender with the Eagles.

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

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Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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