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Frenzy Over Tony Romo Ramping Up, Trade Possible

Sean Martin

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Frenzy Over Tony Romo Ramping Up, Trade Possible

Letting go is hard. The Dallas Cowboys are realizing this as the official start of free agency looms. Thursday's free agency window expected to see QB Tony Romo hit the open market, but instead - from deep within The Star - trade talks may be picking up for the franchise quarterback.

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Here's what @RapSheet had to say about the Cowboys trying to trade Tony Romo:

Keeping their options open, it is no secret that Jerry Jones' love for Tony Romo was going to make it hard to pull the trigger on a release into an otherwise abyss of quarterbacks on the open market.

The ultimate businessman, Jones is reportedly gathering interest on a Tony Romo trade from teams that would be interested in his services as a free agent.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

If there are Tony Romo trade talks happening, few in either of the two buildings discussed know about it. Cowboys keeping options open.

This may simply be desperation from the Cowboys, or there may be other suitors for Tony Romo outside of Houston and Denver. Either way, Tony Romo is still an asset of America's Team - one still focused on the betterment of the Cowboys in his final hours.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Heard from a #Cowboys source on Tony Romo: "Was never being waived." ... Sounds like this may take a while.

Nobody truly wanted the Tony Romo era to end in Dallas, and now we may be waiting for this end for quite some time.

Tell us what you think about "Frenzy Over Tony Romo Ramping Up, Trade Possible" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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12 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    This is like a bad reality show or soap opera that just won’t end Get rid of this guy already !! Meanwhile.. the other 31 teams are dealing & wheeling and Were sitting here wasting our Free Agency with the Romo 24/7 saga. SMFH!!!!!!!

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      You wouldn’t want to get anything in return for Romo with a trade if possible? The Cowboys were never going to make a big splash in free agency anyway, so patience is important, particularly in this Romo case.

      • leo thomas

        Exactly get your poker face on

  • Randy Martin

    I had a thought on a dark horse for Romo. One team not being talked about and that’s the Jacksonville Jaguars. I know that Tom Coughlin has not endorsed Blake Bottles as the starter and Doug Marrone has publicly supported him. Coughlin has more pull in this situation. Jacksonville certainly has the potential to be a playoff team. Who knows what’s going to happen but it’s fun to watch!

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      Randy, this is a really good thought. You’re correct about Coughlin and Bortles, and we know that he has plenty of experience watching what Romo can do. There needs to be a dark horse team in these trade talks for anything to happen anyway, and the Jaguars do make sense. Thanks as always.

      • Randy Martin

        I see NFL Network scoping my story today! Haha!

        • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

          Good stuff

  • Russ_Te

    So the Oilers – whoops – Texans unloading Osweiler pretty much just to dump his salary, is making it look like Jones has already lined them up to trade for Romo.

    I’ll be shocked if it’s other than a conditional pick. So if hurt early, little or no draft pick back to Dallas, but if he starts 14 or something, maybe a 3 or a 2 pick back to Dallas.

    Which is exponentially better than nothing.

    However with the Cowboys in the poor house and multiple players getting poached, this article explains the compensatory formula. They might have 5 or 6 extra draft picks given everyone who has or is about to sign elsewhere >

    http://cowboyswire.usatoday.com/2017/02/24/dallas-cowboys-draft-compensatory-picks-free-agents-terrance-williams-ron-leary-barry-church-morris-claiborne-brandon-carr/

    Could you bundle several of these and move up the 1st round for one of the better DE prospects?
    If not, they will likely be gone by the time Dallas picks late in the round, but most of the CB’s will still be around.

    You have to get one of these 2 positions – an impact player – in round 1. Then you can go about the rest of it with the normal haul of depth players, project players and undrafted walk-ons. Then you need to hit on a couple of those at least.

    I don’t know if Demarcus Ware is really in the equation or not, but I can’t imagine he is your starting RDE at this point. Maybe a spot player for long downs. Assuming the Cowboys do not land a premiere RDE in this draft, you are looking at a year where Lawrence moves back over to RDE probably.

    He’s not as talented as a Ware or a Harvey Martin was, but a very good player who will give you some pressure from there. Then that of course puts Irving at LDE, and you need that next corner turned in his game – where he is a threat to dominate week in and week out.

    If you get that and the premiere CB in round 1, the team will be improved. If Jaylon Smith is ready, all the better.

    • https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin

      I don’t think this team will look to do anything crazy with the comp picks that they’re getting, and I’m for giving McClay and this front office as many chances to hit on players in the draft as possible. As for this upcoming draft, I agree completely on the needs for the first round – and have been expecting the board to dictate a CB as the pick at 28 too. A great class to need a CB or DE in.

      I also agree that Ware is at best a situational rusher at this point, but one that could be incredibly valuable. Some news on his signing soon here would go a long way in brightening spirits.

    • Randy Martin

      Dallas’ comp picks won’t come until 2018 so no bundling this year…if I read your post correctly.

      • Russ_Te

        The article I linked mentions it at the end also – which I missed. Good call.

        But maybe they can still bundle them as future picks… ;^)

        I generally agree with using them for more chances to hit on more prospects, even waiting to next year for it. Dallas has proven able to do that with McClay, and the top teams get a lot of players that way because they project their pro impact better than other teams.

        But if I can get a RDE I really want up this draft, I’m probably bundling something to move up for it. If you got that position solved with a premier player & Irving starts consistently making plays from LDE – gigantic for 2017.

        • Randy Martin

          Actually you cannot bundle future comp picks either as there are 32 comp picks awarded across the league and they are not actually awarded until just before the new league starts in 2018. Early reports at we will have 4 based on the players we have already lost in free agency. So in essence we can’t trade what we don’t yet have.

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Amari Cooper Wins 2nd NFC Offensive Player of the Week Award of 2018

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For the second time in just three weeks, Dallas Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

Cooper scored three touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to lead the Cowboys to victory last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 10 catches for 217 yards, which led all NFL receivers last week.

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After his record-setting performance during week 14, @AmariCooper9 is the FIRST #DallasCowboys to win NFC Player of the Week twice in a season! → https://t.co/kvBDIeOgBd #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote #ProBowlVote

As the official website stated, Cooper is the first Cowboy to win the award twice in the same year. He's also the first Cowboy to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Ezekiel Elliott in 2016.

Before this year, Elliott was the only Dallas player to win the Offensive award in three seasons. Cooper has now done it twice in three weeks.

Since being traded to the Cowboys, Amari Cooper has amassed 40 catches for 642 yards and six touchdowns.

His wasted time in Oakland may keep Cooper out of the Pro Bowl this year, but he's already become a fan favorite in Cowboys Nation. Congratulations to Amari for another well-deserved award!


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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

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David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?

Dallas Cowboys Defensive Tackle David Irving, once a key member of the team's defense, will not make his return after all against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. For the second straight week, Irving was reportedly trending towards suiting up before being ruled out. The Cowboys haven't missed his unique presence for 13 weeks (playing against the Jaguars and Redskins), including through an ongoing four game win streak that began with a win against these Eagles on the road.

In that road win, veteran Tyrone Crawford recorded a sack and three tackles, while Antwaun Woods added two for a Dallas defense that held Philadelphia to 23 first downs and 71 rushing yards. The Eagles managed to cross the Cowboys' 30-yard line just four times.

There are many scenarios in which the Cowboys could have cut ties with Irving for not being worth the off-field trouble he's caused - beginning the season with a four game suspension. The absolute best case scenario is what they've realized amidst this turnaround, with other defensive linemen taking advantage of the opportunity left behind by Irving.

While it can still be true that Irving would make more splash plays than the likes of Crawford, Woods, Maliek Collins, and Caraun Reid, this defensive tackle group deserves praise for their ability to step in. Pass rush ability is one thing teams can't have enough of, and the Cowboys are missing some with Irving, finding ways to win thanks to the other traits these defenders bring to the table.

Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard may effectively be the team's defensive coordinator with an emphasis on the back seven, but DC Rod Marinelli's impact is still felt - particularly up front. Regardless of where they're lined up and deployed, the Cowboys front four is expected to be disruptive on every snap, something this scrappy unit excels at.

Prepared once again to play on the edge this season, Crawford is thriving at his original position of 3T-DT. Crawford has two sacks, nine total tackles, and three other hits on the quarterback over the past four weeks. Leading by example with a relentless spirit on every play, Crawford has meant just as much to the Cowboys defensive ends as Irving could.

In a short period of time, the Cowboys have gone from building up Irving thanks to his transcendent ability to make those around him better to simply -- and importantly -- being better across the defense.

Led by DeMarcus Lawrence as their premier rusher, the Cowboys defensive line is a lot for opposing offenses to contain. The "Hot Boyz" work up front has allowed Linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch to play fast and make plays all over the field.

Maliek Collins, battling back from his second broken foot in three years, is proving again he's a patented Marinelli guy. Collins' play speaks for itself when considering if the Nebraska product is best as a 3T or 1T tackle. Wherever he's asked to play, Collins creates penetration with an explosive first step and can finish at the quarterback with an array of power rush moves.

At 7-5 and fighting for their playoff lives, the Cowboys are done making excuses on the 2018 season. Their strides on defense speak for themselves, and with a group that keeps Dallas in every game they'll play, the door remains open for David Irving to earn snaps again when ready.

The Cowboys don't know any better than their play without Irving right now, and as winners of four straight, it's worth questioning if we'll see Irving over the last three weeks of the regular season.

Tell us what you think about "David Irving Out Again for Cowboys, Does Defense Need Him?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!


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QB Dak Prescott Named Cowboys’ Nominee For Walter Payton Man Of The Year Award

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As the quarterback of America's Team, Dak Prescott is faced with a level of criticism each week that few athletes have to deal with. He is constantly questioned for his play, and even when things are going well, Prescott must answer his critics. But one area absolutely no one can question Prescott is his leadership, both on and off the field.

Dak Prescott is the perfect role model for children and adults alike. He is constantly doing fantastic work in his communities and making sure he uses his platform for good to his best ability.

This week it was announced Dak Prescott was nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, and will be the Cowboys' candidate in the race.

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@Dak Prescott has been announced as the #Cowboys nominee for Walter Payton Man of the Year - for 'commitment to philanthropy and community impact.' DAL past winners of the NFL-wide honor: Staubach, Aikman, Witten. @1053thefan

Of course, Prescott is well-worthy of the honor, and I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being both a finalist and the recipient of the award this year. As mentioned by Mike Fisher in the above tweet, three Cowboys have won the award previously; Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Jason Witten. Each of which is deserving, as is Prescott.

Considering the award is given out for "commitment to philanthropy and community impact," I can't think of many more worthy players around the league than quarterback Dak Prescott. We can see this impact in the locker room and on the field as well, as Prescott was voted a captain in just his sophomore season. The Cowboys clearly respect Prescott, despite some of the flaws in his game, and seem to play hard beside him every week.

Congratulations to Dak Prescott on this nomination.


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