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Jourdan Lewis Remaining Unsigned Shouldn’t Be a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Jourdan Lewis Unsigned

This year's Draft Class is very good. The Cowboys hauled in a lot of defensive players, along with a steal for the offense in Ryan Switzer, but more than a month later doubts inevitably come.

Did the Cowboys address the team's pass rush need correctly?

Is Taco Charlton going to be our new RDE, or just another LDE?

How many of these rookie DBs are actually going to be starters?

And...

Why Haven't the Cowboys Signed Jourdan Lewis Yet?

Out of their nine selections in 2017, only one remains unsigned: third round pick Jourdan Lewis. The Cowboys are not the only team in the league with unsigned draft picks, but this is a bigger story for two reasons.

First of all, this is the Dallas Cowboys. The spotlight is always on.

The second reason though, is a serious one. Jourdan Lewis is facing domestic violence charges. He probably would've been a second round pick if he wasn't involved in an issue like this.

This article is not to discuss what he is being accused of, or whether he'll be found innocent or not. Lots of fans are concerned about Lewis remaining unsigned in June. That is 100% reasonable and I completely understand it.

Some think that he hasn't signed a contract because of his legal situation. This has been a concern for a lot of fans and it really doesn't look to be that big of a deal. Stephen Jones mentioned that third round picks were a bit more tricky regarding guaranteed money. That makes a lot of sense, though I'll admit I was skeptical of this at first.

So I did some research.

Comparing to Other Team's Situations

I decided to analyze the entire third round from the 2017 NFL Draft and compare the Cowboys' situation with the rest of the league.

There are eight third round picks who have yet to sign their contract with their respective teams. It's worth noting that several other picks from the third round only recently signed in June.

Something interesting is that of those eight unsigned third round players, five of them are the last of their team's draft picks to sign. Included in those five, of course, is CB Jourdan Lewis. It's fair to assume that, in comparison with the rest of the NFL, the Cowboys are not in a bad situation, let alone a concerning one.

We don't even have to look at other team's situations to feel better about Lewis remaining unsigned.

Maliek CollinsLast year, Maliek Collins (third rounder) was the last to sign. He didn't even sign in June; the Cowboys waited until July.

A year before, in 2015, the Cowboys didn't sign the whole draft class until June 11th.

I'm not saying the Cowboys shouldn't be a bit worried about Jourdan's legal situation, I'm just saying I don't think him still being unsigned is a reflection of it. We won't know what will happen regarding the charges he is facing until at least July.

For now, let's hope he is innocent. Let's wait for his contract without panicking. And let's wait to see him wear that Star on his helmet.

What do you think of Jourdan Lewis remaining unsigned?

Let us know 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  live show Primero Cowboys!

Tell me what you think about "Jourdan Lewis Remaining Unsigned Shouldn’t Be a Concern" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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  1. Franklin Jones

    June 16, 2017 at 4:11 am

    The fact that his case is even going to trial is disconcerting to me. For the prosecution to feel like it has a case, there either needs to be credible witnesses, strong evidence or a past history of similar damning behavior.

    I want to believe that the front office learned a lot from Greg Hardy’s whole dramatic chapter. They should have known what to look for and what questions to ask this time. Is it likely that I am worried for nothing?

    • Mauricio Rodriguez

      Mauricio Rodriguez

      June 16, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Totally agree with you. That’s why I wanted to point out that with this article I didn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned, but that him remaining unsigned probably isn’t a reflection of his situation. I agree with you, we don’t want any Deja Vu of that kind. Thanks for reading, Franklin.

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Cowboys Offseason: Landon Collins Cleaned Out Locker, Set to be FA

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Cowboys Headlines - #DALvsNYG: Dealing With Giants Safety Landon Collins

It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys are heading into the 2019 offseason looking to upgrade at the safety position on a defense that finished inside the top 10 in 2018. With much of the focus on Earl Thomas, New York Giants Safety Landon Collins has become the center of attention in the last couple of days.

Per a report by Josina Anderson, Collins cleaned out his locker on Wednesday as he gets ready to go into free agency for the first time.

ig: josinaanderson on Twitter

I'm told that Giants S Landon Collins cleaned out his locker today at the team facility and said his goodbyes to teammates, coaches and trainers. It doesn't seem like Collins expects to be a Giant for much longer, per sources.

After Paul Schwartz attempted to assert that there was no claim to the report...

Paul Schwartz on Twitter

Attention those who care about the New York Giants: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Repeat: Landon Collins HAS NOT cleaned out his locker at the team facility. Go about your business and have a nice day.

And Landon Collins had this to say...

https://twitter.com/TheHumble_21/status/1098315997839265792

If cleaning out a locker is any kind of evidence, then Collins is prepared to hit the market when free agency opens on March 13th. He joins a loaded safety group that includes Thomas, Houston Texans Safety Tyrann Mathieu, Los Angeles Rams Safety LaMarcus Joyner, Glover Quin of the Detroit Lions, Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix formerly of the Green Bay Packers, but most recently of the Washington Redskins, and several others who could find new homes this offseason.

The Cowboys are very familiar with Landon Collins, as they've seen him nearly twice a year over the last four years. The three time Pro Bowler was one of the best players on the Giants defense. They would line him up in the box and at time use him to cover Cole Beasley.

Collins ranked first in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus in run stop percentage at 7.2%. Meaning on running snaps, he made a tackle that rendered the running play ineffective 7.2% of the time.For further reference, Jeff Heath made a run stop on 4.2% of his run plays, which was 15th in the NFL among safeties.

The only positions to have more of an impact on the running game were linebackers and the defensive line. Even if you include linebackers, his run stop percentage was 31st in the NFL. Leighton Vander Esch led the Dallas Cowboys with a run stop percentage of 11.3%, which was third among linebackers. Collins number nearly matched the run stop percentage of Jaylon Smith at 7.6%.

Add Collins to a defense that stops the run as well as the Dallas Cowboys did last season and you take your team to another level against the run.

Landon Collins will probably get the most money this offseason. He's only 25 and has had success in the NFL. Many teams will be reaching out to Collins when free agency opens and the Dallas Cowboys should certainly be one of those teams. Collins would be an excellent addition to the Dallas Cowboys defense and would allow Xavier Woods to stay in his role as the free safety.

We're just under three weeks away from the start of NFL free agency and the drama will only get bigger as the Cowboys look to add to their team.



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Report: Free Agent DL David Irving Not in Dallas Cowboys’ 2019 Plans

Jess Haynie

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David Irving

The Dallas Cowboys and troubled Defensive Lineman David Irving appear to be at an impasse. According to a report from David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the team has "no intention" of trying to re-sign Irving and will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.

Irving started the 2018 season with a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. He only appeared in two games after that, registering one sack and four tackles.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have no intention of keeping DT David Irving at this time https://t.co/vqMNZty6Aq via @sportsdaydfw

Despite reports of David's ongoing issues with an ankle injury, Dallas never placed him on injured reserve. Then came the reports that Irving was missing practices and team meetings while dealing with personal issues related to the custody of his daughter.

The team stayed pretty mum on the subject of Irving's status throughout the year, falling back on the ankle injury when pushed. But after months, it became clear that either David, the team, or both parties were disinterested in his return to football.

The Cowboys had high hopes after 2017, when Irving posted seven sacks in just eight games. They placed a second-round tender on him last offseason as a restricted free agent and were surely ready to give him a long-term deal if he'd built on that success.

But David's issues, physical or otherwise, have clearly done the opposite.

Dallas is known for working with troubled players, as we've recently seen with Randy Gregory. That they're closing the book on Irving suggests there's an issue with his desire towards football.

It's a sad loss for both. David's potential is enormous, as evidenced by his productivity when he actually does play. But he appears more likely to hit the Commissioner's exempt list in 2019 than the football field, given the reports of multiple failed drug tests over the last year.

Hopefully David Irving can turn things around one day and capitalize on his talent. But if it ever happens, it appears that it won't be with the Dallas Cowboys.



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BREAKING: WR Terrance Williams Gets Dropped by Dallas Cowboys

Jess Haynie

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Takeaway Tuesday: What We Learned From Cowboys Loss To Packers
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The Dallas Cowboys have ended their six-year relationship with Wide Receiver Terrance Williams. According to multiple sources, they have declined a team option on Williams' contract and he will now be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.

The move will reportedly save the Cowboys $2.25 million in salary space this year.

Williams was the team's third-round pick in 2013 and started 68 of the 83 games he played in. He developed into a solid number-two receiver by the end of his rookie deal in 2016 and was given a new four-year contract that offseason.

David Moore on Twitter

Terrance Williams career w/ the Cowboys is done. Sources say the club has declined the WR's option for 2019, making him a free agent. The move is no surprise. He caught just 2 passes for 18 yards last season. His departure frees up $2.25 million on the cap.

After another decent year in 2017, things took a bad turn for Terrance last season. It started with an offseason arrest for public intoxication that eventually led to a three-game suspension, although Williams served that while on injured reserve.

The Cowboys already appeared to be giving Williams' spot away when they made several offseason acquisitions at WR; Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin all were brought in even before Terrance's arrest.

While Williams did start in two of Dallas' first three games in 2018, he only had three passes his thrown his way. The team finally put him on IR due to ongoing complications with a surgically-repaired foot.

While it didn't end well, Terrance Williams' time in Dallas was ultimately a solid return for a third-round pick. He made a few big plays and was a proficient run-blocker, good enough to start in almost 75% of the team's games since he was drafted.

The Cowboys now hope that another third-round pick, Michael Gallup in 2018, will do bigger and better things.



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