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Job Hunting: Cowboys Reportedly Interested in FA CB Joe Haden

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Job Hunting: The Cowboys Are Reportedly Interested In Free Agent Joe Haden

Yesterday, my Inside The Star buddy Jesse Haynie wrote about the Cowboys possibly trading for Browns CB Joe Haden. Today, the Cleveland Browns have reportedly released seven-year veteran Joe Haden, according to NFL's Ian Rapoport.

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Source: The #Browns have cut Joe Haden.

This is very interesting knowing that just yesterday the Browns were aggressively trying to trade him. Haden, who once looked like one of the league's elite corners, has dealt with his fair share of injuries the last few seasons, but when healthy, he is still a very talented starting cornerback.

The Cowboys of course didn't call Cleveland regarding Haden but now that he's a free agent does that change anything? According to Mike Fisher of CowboysHQ.com it does...

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Waivers not in play here. HADEN can go to most favorable bidder. #Cowboys tell me they're interested https://t.co/0kwu73ba9f

As we all know with the Cowboys, price matters, but with plenty of cap space to play with I really wonder if the Cowboys would consider bringing in the former Pro Bowler on a deal to help seal up this talented, but very young secondary.

In 2016, the 28-year-old veteran played in 13 games, starting all 13. He racked up 37 tackles, 11 passes defended, and three interceptions.

Joe Hayden

One thing he does do that the Cowboys' secondary has struggled with recently is get turnovers. In his seven years in the league, he has 19 interceptions, that averages out to 2.7 interceptions a season.

The only question that leaves me with pause is do the Cowboys have the room on their depth chart to add a player of his caliber?

Currently the Cowboys CB depth chart looks something like this:

  1. Orlando Scandrick
  2. Nolan Carroll
  3. Anthony Brown
  4. Chidobe Awuzie
  5. Sammy Seamster
  6. Marquez White
  7. Jourdan Lewis

If Haden was to sign, it would likely mean Sammy Seamster and Marquez White would not make the final 53 man roster and Jourdan Lewis may get placed on IR depending on the severity of his hamstring injury.

Joe Haden might not be what he was three years ago, but he's a starting cornerback for this team and would be a huge upgrade over Nolan Carroll.

Do you think the Cowboys should sign Joe Haden?



Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!

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3 Comments
  • Anthony Ceniccola

    yes…one year deal with incentives, that way it doesnt press the team with the upcoming martin extension that will be needed

  • Corey

    Everyone might as well not get too excited about CB Joe Haden. Stephen Jones is already saying they may or may not sign him. It will depend on money. Well that means Stephen and Jerry will sit and watch Haden sign else where because as usual they want something for nothing. They shouldn’t break the bank on him, but at least offer him a fair contract. Jerry and Stephen keep bragging about how good this young secondary is really? Let us examine these players: McFadden (the CB) was put on IR today, Orlando Scandrick can’t play forever and he has had some trouble with injuries, Nolan Carroll could be suspended for a DUI arrest this summer, Anthony Brown did pretty well last season, but is he a starter? Then come 2 no names in Sammy Seamster and (R) Marquez White, and finally (R) Jourdan Lewis who was supposed to be such a steal has yet to see the field with a hamstring injury and may also end up on IR. There is (R) Chidobe Awuzie that has played pretty well. Out of 8 CB and all of the issues Dallas will end up with maybe (3) who are ready to go. Scandrick, Brown, and Awuzie. If they don’t sign Haden this young secondary is going to get lit up this year

  • Travis Diggs

    Too late The steelers got him

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Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence Fail to Reach New Contract

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DeMarcus Lawrence will definitely be a Cowboy in 2018, but now the future  beyond that remains in question. The Dallas Cowboys and their star defensive end did not agree to a long-term contract by today's deadline for franchise-tagged players.

According to NFL rules, teams had until 4:00 pm EST today to reach contract extensions with free agents who'd been assigned the franchise tag earlier this offseason. Players who did not get new deals will have to play the 2018 season on their one-year franchise tenders.

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DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys were unable to work out a long-term contract by today's deadline. Lawrence will play the 2018 season under a one-year franchise tag that will pay him $17.1 million

This does not mean Lawrence will be a free agent in 2019. The two parties can still discuss the contract in the months to come, but the deal cannot be made until after the end of the regular season.

Dallas also has the option of giving DeMarcus a second franchise tag next year. However, that would come at a considerably higher price for a second-straight season.

This year, Lawrence will still make plenty with one of the highest cap hits of any DE in the league. He earned the franchise tag last with 14.5 sacks in a breakout season.

Today's news may not really be a big deal in the long run. As long as Tank wants to stay in Dallas after this, the two sides now have over five months to keep talking and will hopefully agree on a new deal for 2019 and beyond.

There is risk on both sides, of course.

Lawrence's leverage could be less if his productions drops or he gets injured. On the other hand, his position could be even stronger with a second-straight year of strong play.

Now everyone, from the team to player to fans, is in wait-and-see mode until the end of the season.



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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstatement Decision Due Soon

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Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory's  10 Game Suspension Official, DE Sidelined Until Week 16

The Dallas Cowboys should know by the end of this week if Defensive End Randy Gregory will be reinstated by the NFL from his indefinite suspension.

Gregory, who has missed nearly two seasons with drug-related bans, requested in May for Roger Goodell to allow him to return to football. The exact date of the request isn't known, but multiple sources put it somewhere around May 18-20.

According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NFL has 60 days to rule on a reinstatement request. That would put the approximate deadline no later than this Friday, July 20th.

Gregory was a second-round pick for Dallas in 2015. He was considered to have potentially elite pass-rushing skills but red flags about behavior and drug use hurt his draft stock.

Obviously those warning signs were warranted. Over three seasons, Randy has missed 30 out of 48 games due to suspension.

But reports from around the Cowboys organization and others who've dealt with Gregory rehabilitation efforts are positive. His appeal request appears strong, backed up by several testimonials that he's turned his life around.

Will Roger Goodell agree? Will Randy Gregory return to the Cowboys 2018?

We should know the answer soon.



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Dak Prescott Ranked as Third Least Consistent QB in NFL

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Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott?

Last season could've gone a lot better for Dak Prescott. After a remarkable rookie season, he wasn't able to meet the very high expectations put on him after leading the Dallas Cowboys to the #1 seed in the NFC in 2016.

Inevitably, the "sophomore slump" managed to get to Dak, even though the numbers make it seem worse than it really was. From his 13 interceptions in 2017, not even half can be completely blamed on him. However, even though he made improvements in his game, it's fair to admit that there was indeed, a slump in his second year in the NFL.

Earlier this week, NFL.com published an article listing the most and the least consistent quarterbacks in the league last season. The way the list works is measuring "their average 2017 swing in week-to-week passer rating." In the list, Dak Prescott is listed as the third least consistent QB in the league, with only Cam Newton and Derek Carr behind him.

Just like the Dallas Cowboys' had a roller coaster for a season, constantly shifting between winning and losing, Dak Prescott also struggled at remaining consistent. It makes a ton of sense, of course, for the Cowboys' 9-7 season had a lot of swings throughout the year.

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Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Ashley Landis / The Dallas Morning News)

At times, the team was missing its most important defender in Sean Lee. At others, Tyron Smith and/or Ezekiel Elliott weren't on the field either. This is not an attempt to excuse Dak, for he is partly at fault here, as is the entire team.

From week 10 to 12, Dak failed to throw for a touchdown but ended up throwing five interceptions. Later in the season, failing once again to get a TD pass in two straight weeks, he threw for two interceptions at Oakland then another two when hosting the Seahawks in Dallas.

In a season that will likely determine his future with the Dallas Cowboys, Dak needs to find a way to be more consistent week after week regardless of circumstance. Hopefully, with an improved offensive line and with Ezekiel Elliott leaving every suspension drama behind him, his offense will put him in position to have his best year yet.

In 2016 and in 2017, his Total Quarterback Rating has been in the top 4 among all quarterbacks, per ESPN. Now, this is not a stat that tells the whole story, but it does give you an idea of each quarterback's play. In a run-first offense and with a safe passer like Dak, I'm sure consistency will not be hard to deal with for the young QB next season.

As long as he takes advantage of the new set of targets he'll have at his disposal and his offense's powerful running back with recently-signed draftee Connor Williams, this offense will look a lot more like the one we saw in 2016.

We know Dak Prescott has a lot to prove. He has to make longer throws, throw more aggressively to get his receivers open, and more. But consistency is just as important. In order to be continuously successful and to be a contender year after year, you need that in your signal-caller. Even if key players on the team are down, he needs to be able to shine. It's a sixteen-game season, after all.

It's time for Dak to prove he can handle that.

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