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It’s Still Too Early to Judge Dan Bailey’s Release

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys' 53 man roster is complete after making a handful of surprising moves. While there were many shocking decisions, such as keeping Rico Gathers despite the fact that he was arrested the night before, none was more unexpected and unbelievable as the release of longtime Kicker Dan Bailey.

In the shock of the moment, Cowboys Nation's reaction was disbelief. How could it not be? The cut came minutes before the deadline and I highly doubt anyone had even thought about it. Even with Brett Maher taking on just about every preseason kicking duties, no one saw it as an open competition for the Cowboys' starting kicker spot. It wasn't even on the table for a fan base that for years has loved and appreciated Dan Bailey so much throughout his career.

Right now, it's very hard to see the logic behind this roster move because it doesn't make sense with the information that is at hand for all of us. According to NFL Network reporter, Tom Pelissero, tweeted out that Bailey was healthy. It definitely wasn't about age, considering Maher is only two years younger. So if it wasn't his recent injury history and it wasn't about age, then what was it?

We probably won't know until something actually happens. I highly doubt the Cowboys will move on from this without making something - whatever it is - happen.

By releasing Dan Bailey, the Cowboys free $3.5M in cap space this year and will save over $10M throughout the next three seasons. On the other hand, Brett Maher will cost the Cowboys only $480,000 in 2018.

Meet Brett Maher, the Cowboys Kicker Replacing Dan Bailey for 2018

Dallas Cowboys K Brett Maher Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

As a financial decision, it starts making sense. Especially when you consider that, based on stats, Bailey's production was declining over the past three years. However, even if the team will have to pay considerable less money to their new starting kicker, the cut will likely lack of any logic unless the team actually uses any of that cap space.

The elephant in the room is Seattle Seahawk Earl Thomas, who's been in our minds ever since December. Before releasing Bailey, the Cowboys already had enough cap space to extend Thomas had they decided to trade for him, but adding an extra 3.5 million can do nothing but help the cause, right? Especially when you have the opportunity to front-load the first year in the extension. The Cowboys will have over $19M, according to Over The Cap and they shouldn't be afraid to use it.

But Thomas isn't the only player we should be discussing here. There are plenty of moves this front office might be looking at. The team has only four cornerbacks on the roster right now and limited depth along the offensive line. There may be some guys, such as G Jonathan Cooper, that the team may be looking to acquire.

As unbelievable as it is to know Bailey won't be wearing the Star on Sundays anymore, this should have happened for a reason. We may have to wait to figure out just what caused this unexpected decision, but there must be something. Judging by coaches' comments and from what we heard on training camp, this isn't performance related. Bailey wasn't perfect, but there wasn't any reason for concern during camp about his kicking capabilities.

You just don't get rid of Dan Bailey for nothing. You don't give a player like Rico Gathers or Daniel Ross a roster spot over Bailey if there isn't a specific reason to do so. Hopefully, we find out what that reason is as soon as possible. As for now, it's too early to judge the Cowboys' decision to release their longtime kicker. Let's give them a chance to show us what their plan is.

Tell me what you think about "It’s Still Too Early to Judge Dan Bailey’s Release" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

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Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb

Tras la partida del veterano Cole Beasley, los Dallas Cowboys tenían un hueco preocupante en la posición de receptor abierto. Incluso después de obtener a Amari Cooper la temporada pasada y el tener a un jugador joven y talentoso en Michael Gallup, el equipo tenía que hacer algo para reemplazar a Beasley como el receptor de slot en la ofensiva. Beasley fue increíble en su trabajo durante su carrera en Dallas, pero la administración nunca estuvo cerca de igualar las ofertas que recibió de los Buffalo Bills. Afortunadamente, ya encontraron el hombre para el trabajo.

A pesar de estar muy callados en la primera semana de agencia libre, los Cowboys empiezan a verse involucrados con varios jugadores disponibles. Su contratación más importante hasta el momento es sin duda la del ex WR de los Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb.

Hace unos años, Cobb atrapó el balón que terminó el partido de playoffs entre los Packers y los Cowboys minutos después de que la recepción de Dez Bryant fuera revocada. En 2019, vestirá la estrella.

Si bien es difícil argumentar que en este momento Cobb es mejor jugador que Cole Beasley, el contrato que la administración le dio al nuevo integrante del equipo es muy razonable. El ex-Packer jugará bajo un contrato por un año y cinco millones de dólares. Lo que preocupa a muchos sobre Cobb es su salud, ya que en 2018 sólo jugó nueve partidos. Sin embargo, su carrera no ha estado plagada de lesiones como muchos lo asumen.

Cobb será un titular en esta ofensiva que utilizará su habilidad para ganar en rutas rápidas. Sus manos son muy confiables y le dará a Dak Prescott otra arma en el juego aéreo. Simple y sencillamente una muy buena contratación de los Dallas Cowboys.

Robert Quinn

¿Robert Quinn, Por Favor?

Esta semana se reportó que el defensive end Robert Quinn estaba de visita en The Star, las instalaciones de los Dallas Cowboys. El DE no es un agente libre, siendo que aún está bajo contrato con los Miami Dolphins. Sin embargo, ambos equipos están en discusiones para llevar a cabo un trade por el caza cabezas de 28 años.

Después de que Randy Gregory volviera a recibir una suspensión, DE apareció entra las necesidades más urgentes del equipo y si no logran atender dicha necesidad previo al NFL Draft, tendrán que utilizar uno de sus primeros picks para conseguir un jugador que juegue opuesto a DeMarcus Lawrence.

Quinn, quien había jugado la mayoría de su carrera con los Rams, aún es joven y productivo. En las últimas dos temporadas ha logrado conseguir 15 sacks. De conseguirlo, los Cowboys tendrían que trabajar en una extensión para él.

Con un año en su contrato actual, no debe de ser muy caro conseguir un trade por él. Me atrevería a decir que la compensación que los Dolphins buscan por Quinn debe de estar en el rango de una selección cuarta y quinta ronda.

Parece un movimiento probable, pero no es difícil imaginar a otro equipo estando interesado en el jugador. Por lo pronto, sabemos que Quinn disfrutó su tiempo con Rod Marinelli y con el equipo de los Cowboys esta semana. Habrá que esperar para saber su destino.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: La Afortunada Llegada de Randall Cobb" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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DL Kerry Hyder Helps Solidify A Re-Tooled Defensive Line

Kevin Brady

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The Cowboys got off to a busy start to week two of free agency on Monday, and capped it off by signing defensive lineman Kerry Hyder to a one year deal.

The former Detroit Lion could be classified as a "one year wonder" of sorts, but when you look closer at his career arc, you see that Hyder can provide upside at multiple positions across the Cowboys' defensive front.

After having 8 sacks and 19 quarterback hits as a defensive end in 2016, Hyder missed all of 2017 with an achilles injury. Last season, under new head coach Matt Patricia, Hyder was moved out of position and forced to play as a nose tackle and 5-technique more often.

So, the last time Hyder was healthy and playing in the role in he will likely fill in Dallas, he was productive. Yes that was a couple of seasons ago but it makes Hyder worth the one year deal he received from the Cowboys.

What exactly is that role, though?

I see Hyder primarily as a rotational 3-technique for the Cowboys. At just 270 pounds Hyder isn't going to play over the center often, and won't be very useful as a 1-technique against the run. He's at his best when lining on the outside shade of an offensive lineman, where he can use his get-off and quickness to create pressure.

Kerry Hyder can also fill in at defensive end if needed, especially when the Cowboys go into a nickel package. Hyder is similar to Tyrone Crawford in his ability to move inside and out, but is a bit better of a pass rusher than Crawford when at his best.

Hyder is a high energy, motor, and character defensive lineman who will fit right in with a Rod Marinelli unit. If it all clicks for Hyder and he regains his 2016 form, the Cowboys will have stolen an impressive pass rushing defensive lineman who can win from multiple positions.

If Hyder is actually a "one year wonder" who is more of his 2018-self with the Cowboys despite being put in a better role to succeed, Dallas can move on rather quickly because he is only on a one year deal.

This is a smart signing by the Cowboys front office as they look to re-tool their defensive line, and avoid being pigeon-holed into over-drafting at a certain position this Spring.



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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

Kevin Brady

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New Cowboys WR Randall Cobb Announces His Signing With A Fantastic GIF

On Tuesday this week it became official the Cowboys would sign former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one year deal worth an estimated $5 million. After his visit Monday morning, speculation around whether and when he would sign was swirling.

Cobb confirmed his intentions to join the Cowboys himself, and did so with some A+ GIF usage on Twitter.

Randall Cobb on Twitter

Randall Cobb on Twitter

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In case you don't know, the GIF Cobb tweeted is Woody from Toy Story, emerging confidently and tipping his cap.

This was Cobb signaling that he his a Cowboy, and he appears excited to be joining America's Team. Cobb also received some social media love from his now former teammates in Green Bay, including wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

https://twitter.com/tae15adams/status/1108158105957920770

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Aaron Rodgers had some parting words for new Cowboys WR Randall Cobb

Clearly Randall Cobb made an impact in Green Bay, both on and off the field. Let's hope he can replicate some of that in Dallas now that he has joined the Cowboys.



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