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Keeping The Mediots Honest … Drama In a Compliment’s Dress.



This is the second installation of a series charged with the responsibility of keeping the local, as well as national media, honest when it comes to our Dallas Cowboys.  I have yet to see an article that has been as blatant as the infamous "Jerry calls Marion Barber a wuss," which was somehow derived from Jerry's statement, "I was told he was healthy enough to play!"  Even still, here and there the media is still trying to throw out potential land minds in hopes of filling their monthly quota to talk about the same thing, that if you are anything like me, you could not care less about.

My first entry picked on Dallas Morning News Jean-Jacques Taylor, a reporter whose arrogance and panache for twisting the truth is only rivaled by none other than ESPN Radio's own and Ft. Worth Star Tribune contributor Randy Galloway.  In Jean's latest article, entitled "Cowboys need a leader in Romo," at face value it would seem he is offering praise to Romo.  But read between the lines:

Sometimes, leaders aren't popular, and Romo must realize that's OK.

He can't worry about whether guys want to play golf or racquetball with him. He can't worry about what they're saying about him when he's not around.

Who cares?

Romo's job is to demand excellence every time he walks into the team's Valley Ranch training complex. Do that consistently and the players will follow him on the football field – even if they don't want to share a meal with him.

It doesn't matter whether Romo agrees with what his teammates say about him. It doesn't even matter whether their perceptions are true.

After all, perception is reality.

Understand, leadership doesn't come easy to Romo. There's no shame in that since we're all built differently

That's why he doesn't like talking about it. And that's why he acts, at times, like leadership isn't a big deal.

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Has anyone heard any complaints about Romo from the players?  Has there been any reports of infighting involving Romo?

To me, JJT's motivation was clear:  To create drama where there is no drama.  The truth is, if Romo really cared about thing's like this and actually looked for an individual on this team that didn't like him, there is a good chance he could find one.  But it would only become an issue if he found that individual.  Whether or not this prompts him to go looking for that trouble, articles like this have a tendency to help the players who do have a problem surface.

Imagine you are an individual who has an issue with Romo and you are on the team.  As far as you know, you are the only one, so why make more of an issue and bring it to light?  But then you read this article and knowing that you haven't said anything to the media, you are led to believe that you are not the only one who has an issue, which vastly changes the complexion of the situation.  Because if you now believe that there are more that are fed up with whatever it is about Romo you don't like, the  problem likely need's to be addressed.  You bring it to light, and JJT has a real story; not one that is the mental equivalent of pulling teeth, like actually complementing Romo for his efforts to improve as a leader and Quarterback.

Make no mistake, this article was difficult for Jean to write; but in the guise of a compliment, he's looking for this assertion to pay dividends in the currency of future articles, without the pesky backlash that otherwise could blow up in his face.  It's diabolical.  It's borderline genius.  And it's why he's the focus of yet another Keeping the mediots honest!

I am 35, married and a father of 2 boys. I have been a Cowboys fan since Jimmy Johnson took over; not because I had anything against Tom Landry, but because it just so happens I was old enough to start following and understanding football right as that new era began. Since then, I haven't missed games if I could help it.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



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.

Jon Machota on Twitter

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.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - Breaking Down Terrance Williams' Game-Ending Decision 1
Louis DeLuca/Dallas Morning News

There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.

Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.

Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.

Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.

Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.

Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.

As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.

Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.

If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.

Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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