A tough decision awaits the Dallas Cowboys (you already know where this is going), when it comes to bringing back a healthy Tony Romo or committing to rookie sensation Dak Prescott - who has unfathomably led this team to 5 wins in 6 starts, entering the bye week in first place with more wins than this team managed with backup quarterbacks through all of 2015.
Jerry spoke to the media at The Star on Monday and did not sound all too committed to Romo; however, Jones has also admitted that not winning the Lombardi Trophy for Romo and other veterans like Jason Witten would be one of his bigger failures with this team.
Jerry Jones does not like to accept, nor put himself in position for failure, and he is watching Prescott do anything but that. As a fourth round rookie making just $450,000 in base salary this season, Dak is already giving the Cowboys glimpses into the future while being more financially viable than the average veteran. It's easy to already imagine ways to allocate Romo's would-be cap space around elsewhere to a team that is currently dominating in multiple facets of the game – perhaps adding a few premier pass rushers to put this team over the top.
This was the formula that worked for the Seattle Seahawks under Russell Wilson's rookie contract, and the league took notice, especially its best business man in Jerry Jones.
For what it is worth, we also do not have any indication yet that Tony Romo will not start when healthy. A decision has to be made in the organization though, and a question about that led to one of Jones' most telling quotes yesterday.
"I think that what we're going to do is wait until the next card is played." - Jerry Jones
Now, we all know that cards cannot play themselves. Who is going to ultimately make this incredibly difficult decision for the Cowboys? Jones has sung many songs of praise for Jason Garrett, but will the Head Coach play a 9? Perhaps of hearts; as the final decision maker here?
If this is the case, we may quickly find out how Jerry actually feels along with Stephen, as the front office needs to look at the longer-term approach to remaining with Prescott financially.
Jones added this interesting quote about enjoying Prescott's 5-1 performance while "having comfort" with Romo merely picking up his practice ability and velocity with practice throws entering the bye week.
"I think what we do is enjoy how we're seeing Dak progress, and have comfort in the fact that every time Romo throws the football it's got more velocity on it. That's a good spot to be in." - Jerry Jones
Noting that it is a good sign that your franchise quarterback has more velocity on his meaningless throws is far from a high compliment, but it still tells us little about which way this team will go when Romo is actually ready to suit up and play alongside Dak Prescott.
Many members of Cowboys Nation believe that Jerry Jones' voice always wins around his football team. Some understand that Jason Garrett has had his way with some pivotal decisions. In the near future, a card is going to be played for the first place Dallas Cowboys, a card that is going to be read by the entire football world.
Weigh in on the Tony Romo and Dak Prescott debate! Use the comment section below to start the conversation, or take it to Twitter and find me @ShoreSportsNJ!
I'll also be on a special edition of the RJ Ochoa Show with our Staff Writer RJ Ochoa discussing this topic in a debate with Staff Writer Jess Haynie. Be sure to listen to that and add your comments afterwards on a discussion that is not going away anytime soon!
Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys
It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.
WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys
This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.
While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.
What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?
Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?
Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?
Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?
All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.
Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.
Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.
What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
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