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Job Hunting: Cowboys Reportedly Interested in FA CB Joe Haden



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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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 it does...

mike fisher ✭ on Twitter

Waivers not in play here. HADEN can go to most favorable bidder. #Cowboys tell me they're interested

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?

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  • 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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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



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.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

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.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

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?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live. 

Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.

However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.

This week, they even signed one.

Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.

He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.

His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.

But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.

According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room.

It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.

Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.

Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.

Cowboys en Español: Nuevas Contrataciones, ¿Podría Ser Allen Hurns la Siguiente?

It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.

They'd possibly have to decide among these:

  • Dez Bryant
  • Terrrance Williams
  • Cole Beasley
  • Ryan Switzer
  • Allen Hurns
  • Deonte Thompson
  • Noah Brown
  • A drafted rookie?  

This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract. 

Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.

Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.

As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" 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!

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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.

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