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Frenzy Over Tony Romo Ramping Up, Trade Possible

Sean Martin



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.

Marc Sessler on Twitter

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.

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  • 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!!!!!!!

    • 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!

    • 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!

        • 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 >

    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.

    • 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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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

Sean Martin



Will the Dallas Cowboys "Get Lucky" at Defensive End?

The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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Which 2018 Free Agents Will The Cowboys Retain? 1
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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

Jon Machota on Twitter

DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.

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Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make the Roster?

Sean Martin



Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster? 2
(Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Cowboys aren't short on numbers at wide receiver on their current 90-man roster. Looking to replace Dez Bryant and reshape their offense, the Cowboys will have to find the right group of pass catchers for Dak Prescott at their upcoming training camp.

This group includes Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Lance Lenoir, Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Michael Gallup, KD Cannon, Mekale McCay, and Marchie Murdock.

The odd men out from this group will likely be the ones that can't sustain a consistent level of play, doing so across multiple units if needed. All ten receivers will have their flashes, but with only four being true locks to make the team, new Cowboys Wide Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal will be in on some tough decisions right away.

One such decision may be moving on from last year's seventh round pick Noah Brown out of Ohio State. Vouched for by former Buckeyes teammate Ezekiel Elliott thanks to his blocking ability on the outside, it may now be this strength in the run game and deficiency as a pass catcher that spells the end of Brown's run in Dallas.

Normally, a seventh round pick being on the roster bubble wouldn't be this noteworthy, but Brown clearly showed the potential to outplay this draft status as a rookie. Appearing in 13 games, Brown is a true X receiver, although not the dominant one the Cowboys are searching for.

What Happens if WR Allen Hurns Doesn't Pan Out?

Dallas Cowboys WR Deonte Thompson, Cedrick Wilson, Allen Hurns (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Moving away from fielding a true number one receiver, the Cowboys did sign Allen Hurns to play this spot while prepared to spread the ball around to Williams, Beasley, and Gallup after that.

This leaves Thompson, Wilson, Cannon, Lenoir, McCay, Murdock, and Brown to prove their worth in other ways to make the roster. I've written plenty about the potential rookie Cedrick Wilson has, so I'll be expecting a strong showing from him to earn a role in the Cowboys offense.

Wilson's skill set could push a depth signing like Deonte Thompson off the team, although his ability to back up Cole Beasley/Tavon Austin on special teams is important. The same can be said about Lance Lenoir, who like Brown has the advantage over first year players given his trials through training camp and the preseason a year ago.

Long shots to make the team, Cannon, McCay, and Murdock fall just below this group -- and somewhere in the middle is Noah Brown.

Increasing his role on special teams as the season went on last year, Brown had fans throughout a coaching staff that is now drastically changed for 2018. From their shift to more speed on offense, to drafting of both Gallup and Wilson, calling Brown a fringe player on the Cowboys roster really sets up the fiery competition to come at wide receiver.

Will Cowboys WR Noah Brown Do Enough to Make Cowboys Roster?

Dallas Cowboys WR Noah Brown (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Should the Cowboys find a spot for Brown, one can only hope it means this new coaching staff has a clear plan for him to contribute on both offense and special teams outside of being a run blocker. A potential niche for Brown is his red zone ability, not afraid to put his body on the line for jump balls and fight through contact in his routes.

It won't be long until we sort out if this is enough to make the Cowboys as a wide receiver ahead of Quarterback Dak Prescott's third season.

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