Player News J.J. Wilcox Leaves Cowboys for Buccaneers on 2 Year Deal Published 10 months ago on March 11, 2017 By Sean Martin Share Tweet The Dallas Cowboys drafted J.J. Wilcox in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Georgia State – where he primarily played running back. Four years later, after getting some of his best production at SS in 2016, Wilcox has departed the Cowboys for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. Brandon George on Twitter Cowboys free agent S J.J. Wilcox has agreed to join Tampa Bay on a two-year deal for up to $8.5 million, per source. Cowboys down 2 safeties There was some hope that, amidst the flurry of signings the Cowboys made yesterday, Wilcox would find a deal to stay with the Cowboys. However, early reports that his locker was already cleaned out and that the Cowboys were not pursuing him as he visited the Bucs and Seahawks ultimately led to his signing in Tampa Bay. The Cowboys also lost Barry Church early in free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars, leaving star FS Byron Jones with only Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier alongside him. Loyal Cowboys Nation members have been vocal about wanting to see Jeff Heath play in a bigger role in the Dallas secondary, and the Cowboys are also hopeful that Frazier can make the most of his opportunities this off season. For now, another key piece from the Cowboys’ defense of a year ago has signed elsewhere as J.J. Wilcox is taking his talents to the NFC South and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tell us what you think about “J.J. Wilcox Leaves Cowboys for Buccaneers on 2 Year Deal” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL! Related Topics:Free AgencyJ.J. WilcoxSafetyTampa Bay Buccaneers Up Next Dallas Cowboys RT Doug Free Announces Retirement Don't Miss Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Terrance Williams on 4 Year Deal Sean Martin Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we’re not how you think we are. Host of “Upon Further Review” on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL. Advertisement You may like Months Later, it Seems Jaguars S Barry Church was Right Cowboys Defensive Back Questions Still Need Answers How Extending Zack Martin’s Contract Helps Cowboys Salary Cap Cowboys are “Homegrown,” but is this Effective? DAL Free Agency: Lawrence’s Agent Could Complicate Negotiations Seahawks’ Earl Thomas Asks Jason Garrett to “Come Get Me” 2 Comments Travis Diggs Obi Melifonwu looking real good now With Wilcox and Church both leaving. I know he only has a 2ND round draft grade on him bout were picking 28th It’s almost the 2ND round He might not last till our 2ND pick He’s an upgrade over Church and Wilcox and His body frame is freakish, 6’3 216lbs Him and Byron played together at Uconn. Let’s get it done https://InsideTheStar.com Sean Martin I actually have Melinfonwu a round below this on my board with a 3. Better physical specimen than safety on tape. Would be really interesting to see him paired with Byron again though. Player News WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments Published 4 days ago on January 12, 2018 By Kevin Brady Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps. Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver? Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver? What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams? And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler? Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week. Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all. “I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season. I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now. Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas. Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be. Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already. Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day. Continue Reading Player News Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single Published 6 days ago on January 10, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez Getty Images / Ronald Martinez During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right. Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night Cole Beasley on Twitter 80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription. “ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome. When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong. “80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him. It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick. The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance. Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.) Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too. “But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now, I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out, Pull the sauce out…” – Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings” The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring. Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans. This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season. It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least. From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On! Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 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! Continue Reading Player News RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries Published 6 days ago on January 10, 2018 By Sean Martin With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster. Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery. Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years. LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl. https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/950846277071396864 In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again. For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season. With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys. Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot. Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft. Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys. Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL! Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? We’re collecting feedback from our readers about the site. 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