As the 2017 NFL Draft has come to a close, a different part of preparation for the upcoming season begins. Members of Cowboys Nation now know who their new toys are, and we want to figure out exactly who they are and how we're going to play with them. What better way to get to know the new members of the Dallas Cowboys than by listening to their reaction to hearing that's who they now play for? Here are all of the Secret Audio clips courtesy of DallasCowboys.com:
Hear the phone call that made Taco Charlton a Cowboys in round one of the 2017 NFL Draft.
When you're a First Round Draft Pick, things are pretty top of the line all the way around. You can see, and hear, that everyone is ecstatic with this pick. Taco Charlton gives Dallas immediate help as an edge rusher, and he fits the right-kind-of-guy mold perfectly.
Chidobe Awuzie gets the call from Jerry Jones.
When the Cowboys let both Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne walk in Free Agency, people started to panic. Orlando Scandrick - who was apparently shopped around during the Draft - and Anthony Brown are great, but they can't go at it alone. They don't have to anymore, and Chidobe is obviously excited to be part of the reason why.
Jourdan Lewis gets the call from the Cowboys as he is selected in the 3rd round.
Did I say that Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown don't have to go at it alone anymore? Well add Chidobe Awuzie to that list! The Cowboys chose one of the Draft's premier cornerbacks, albeit a bit of a risky pick with Lewis' Domestic Violence situation up in the air, to give them two sets of fresh legs in the secondary.
Ryan Switzer is overcome with emotion as he gets the call of a lifetime from Jerry Jones.
It is going to be so fun to watch opposing defenses try and stop both Cole Beasley AND Ryan Switzer. "Switzerland" as I have affectionately nicknamed him, is more than just an amazing wide receiver... he believes he's the best return man in the Draft. This might be fans' favorite call as Ryan was both shocked and humbled.
Marquez White gets the call from Jerry Jones to become a Cowboy.
No one is ever going to be alone in the secondary again! With three rookies at cornerback the Dallas Cowboys are in prime position to develop quite a group over the next few seasons. The best part about Marquez's call is that he asks Jerry Jones to say that he's a Cowboy one more time, so that his family can hear it. Say it again, Jerry!
Joey Ivie of the University of Florida gets the call of a lifetime.
Rod Marinelli wasn't going to leave the 2017 NFL Draft without multiple rushmen to work with, and Joey Ivie is part of the new crew. These Draft calls never get old, and Joey Ivie is a good reminder of that as he stays excited from start to finish.
Noah Brown gets the call from the Cowboys.
444 days before he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, Noah Brown shared a photo of Dez Bryant on his personal Instagram account... so it's safe to say he's fairly excited about his new teammate. That same level of excitement is apparent in his phone call with Coach Garrett, and how cool is it that Ezekiel Elliott has been lobbying for him?!
Jordan Carrell is filled with excitement as he is picked by the Cowboys in the 7th round.
Add one more rusher to Rod Marinelli's stable, please! With their final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft the Cowboys took Jordan Carrell, and you can tell that Jordan is grateful for it. Most players are enthused to join America's Team, and Carrell certainly is no different.
Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security
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.
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.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from 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.
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.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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