Back in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys were initially slated to draft 18th overall, but decided to trade down with the San Francisco 49ers instead. The Cowboys received the 49ers first-round draft pick (31st overall) and their third round selection (74th overall) in the trade and turned those draft picks into Travis Frederick and Terrance Williams.
Frederick and Williams instantly became starters for the Cowboys offense and both players are a big reason why the team has been one of the more successful units in the NFL during that time span.
Frederick and his trademark beard has just recently become one of the highest paid centers in the entire NFL, while Williams is in the last year of his rookie contract.
It is unlikely that the Cowboys will be able to afford Williams' asking price this off-season and if the fans have anything say in the matter, he won't be returning to the team after the season no matter what.
In fact, there are a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans out there that are wanting the organization to release, cut, or trade Terrance Williams already after only three games into the 2016 season. To me, that's absolutely ridiculous when you think about it.
I can understand the frustration by a lot of fans after Williams failed to get out of bounds and stop the clock in Week 1 against the New York Giants. It would have given Dan Bailey the chance to kick a 60+ yard field goal, but even that's no guarantee. I mean just last week Bailey missed a 47 yarder against the Redskins.
In Week 2, Williams failed to record a single reception the against the Washington Redskins. Then, the following week against the Chicago Bears he had four receptions for 88 yards and it looked as if he was getting back on track until he fumbled and lost the ball after his 47 yard reception.
The failure to get out of bounds and the fumble has made Terrance Williams one of the most hated Dallas Cowboys', whether it is warranted or not.
I for one think that Williams is being unfairly hated on. It amazes me how quickly fans have forgotten how many good plays he has made for the team or how important he is to the offense.
His 2014 season alone helped the Dallas Cowboys reach the playoffs.
Did you forget about his toe tapping catch along the sidelines against the Seattle Seahawks that allowed the Cowboys to come away with the victory on the road?
What about how he pretty much sealed the game against the Detroit Lions, which allowed the Cowboys to advance the 2014 playoffs?
It's easy to forget all of the good things Terrance Williams has done during his time with the Dallas Cowboys.
Those two bad plays this season are a rarity for Williams. In fact, he has only had three total fumbles in his entire professional career.
I have no doubt that Terrance Williams will fight through all of the negativity and continue to do what is asked of him on the field. That's just what he does and who he is as a person.
The picture of Williams here to the right is fitting because on the video board above him you can kind of make out the #finishthefight mantra that the entire Cowboys team has adopted.
That is exactly what Williams will do for the rest of the 2016 season and I predict that we will see a lot more good plays from him than bad.
So, try to put your personal feelings aside, because Terrance Williams is needed for the Cowboys offense to fire on all cylinders and find the kind of success that we all want this year.
Do you agree or disagree?
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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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.
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