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Jerry Jones: Carrying 3 QBs “Very Likely” On 53-Man Roster

Brian Martin

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Is QB Kellen Moore's Playing Career All But Over?
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With Dak Prescott firmly cemented as the  Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback, all eyes shifted to the backup QB situation. There has been some uncertainty as who the backup QB will be in 2017 and exactly how many QBs will be on the 53-man roster. Fortunately, owner/general manager Jerry Jones recently cleared things up.

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On @1053thefan, owner Jerry Jones says it's "very likely" #Cowboys keep all three QBs (Prescott, Rush and Moore) on 53-man roster.

If we are to believe Jerry Jones, then the Dallas Cowboys will carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster in 2017. Of course, anything Jerry Jones says can usually be taken with a grain of salt. You can just never really be completely positive he is being truthful or not.

If Jerry Jones is true to his word, it means that Dak Prescott, Kellen Moore, and Cooper Rush will all be on the roster in 2017. But, there is really no way of telling if the coaching staff is on board with this or how much say they actually have in who stays and who goes.

QBs Dak Prescott and Cooper Rush

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I don't know where you stand, but I don't agree with this move. If you happened to read my final Dallas Cowboys 53-man roster prediction, then you know that I only went with 2 QBs. I just thought that the extra roster spot allocated to the third QB would be better served elsewhere.

The good news is the Dallas Cowboys can have their cake and eat it too. There is a way they can keep all three QBs without having to give up a roster spot.

You see, Kellen Moore is somehow still eligible to be placed on the practice squad. It is very unlikely any team will claim him off of waivers if the Cowboys cut him. That means they could still protect Cooper Rush and still have Moore available if Dak Prescott were to go down with a serious injury (heaven forbid).

So, you can see that nothing is really set in stone just yet, but you can believe Jerry Jones if you want. I for one think it would be a mistake to give Kellen Moore a roster spot when they still can still have him in the mix on the practice squad. But, unfortunately I'm not making the decisions.

Do you think the Cowboys will carry 3 QBs on the roster?



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  1. George_Johnson

    August 30, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Only one problem. K Moore may not accept a practice squad assignment. He also may not even accept at least in the longer run a 3rd team assignment on the 53 man roster. He is in his sixth year in the NFL and will not have progressed if he ends up on the practice squad or as 3rd team QB on the 53 man roster. Everyone says his future is as a coach so he may decide it is time to get on with this aspect of his career. He will need to accept that his ceiling may be 2nd team QB or even 3rd team, he is not likely to get a lot more chances because of his physical limitations, he could have a very successful coaching career and eventually make big money, etc.. I think if he is given a position on the 53 man roster even at 3rd team QB he will take it because of the money involved. Also being on the team and working with the QBs and coaches must be good experience for being a future coach. He might want to get at least a verbal commitment to compete for the 2nd team QB position in the future. Practice squad is of less value for being a future coach. The 2nd team QB position is critical for K Moore at this stage in his career, as this is his only avenue to get a chance to play and develop some creditability. He is fighting an uphill battle because of his physical limitations mainly not having a real strong arm.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      August 30, 2017 at 10:19 am

      What you say is true, but I don’t see Kellen Moore hanging up his cleats anytime this season. I think he is committed through 2017 at least, even if it is on the practice squad. It’s a horrible time to get a coaching job anywhere and would be better served waiting until the season is over.

    • Russ_Te

      August 31, 2017 at 5:02 am

      I will also guess that Moore is still trying to play football. Although yes, he can get on the coaching ladder when he wants to IMO.

      The best thing is to gamble (it’s quarter slots), that you’d lose Moore to waivers. If someone wants him, more power to him. If not his football choices are down to 1 for 2017.

      Both Dak’s and Kurt Warner’s rise in the league, tell you that you never know what is up ahead. If Dak were to go down, Moore is back on the team. If Rush comes down to earth and struggles, Moore is your starter. At least temporarily if not longer.

      I think he takes that deal. And I want 6 WR’s, so the 2 QB takes the pressure off that.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

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Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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