We here at Inside The Star collectively love the Dallas Cowboys and everything about them, and hope that you come to this site for the same reason - in hopes of learning as much as you can about their latest activities.
One such recent activity has Cowboys Nation scratching its head though, as the team ended their search for a backup QB to Dak Prescott by signing Mark Sanchez. I broke the news of the Sanchez signing right here, and as you can see even I was not too thrilled about it at the time.
Of course, the Dallas Cowboys have no plans for 2016 that involve Sanchez ever having to take a snap. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at why he is here over some of the other QB options that were available.
Jameill Showers Just Isn't Good Enough
Starting with the option that was already on the Cowboys' roster, Jameill Showers did not show enough development this preseason to earn the backup job behind Dak Prescott.
Dallas will already be getting a long look at Prescott, the young quarterback being thrown into the fire and asked to develop in front of our eyes. Should they be forced to move away from Prescott, it needed to be for the sake of bringing in someone that is established.
After the miserable showing that these backup quarterbacks put on in 2015, the Dallas Cowboys simply couldn't justify a depth chart of Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers.
Showers completed just 29 of his 62 attempts this season, setting a pretty low benchmark for any veteran QB to come in here and perform better with the first team offense that Jameill never had the luxury of working with.
Mark Sanchez Can be that guy, more so than Aaron Murray or Austin Davis
It is important to once again remember that Sanchez is not remotely in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys at quarterback. They still expect Tony Romo to top their depth chart for some time, and have Dak Prescott to develop behind him.
Sanchez is nearly here as insurance to potentially keep the season alive (i.e. play well enough to not lose the game, but not well enough to win it either) for a very short period of time in the absence of Prescott.
This is Tony and Dak's team, and there is currently no room for a more long-term backup QB solution in an Aaron Murray or Austin Davis.
With both players relatively unproven (Murray has never started a regular season game), the Cowboys would essentially still be throwing a quarterback like Dak Prescott or Jameill Showers on the field should either of these two need to play.
They would be doing so by making us forget that point due to these players' ages and time in the league, but the results would quickly show that having a guy like Mark Sanchez is the right idea.
Mark Sanchez Actually Fits The Cowboys' Scheme
At this point, you're probably saying something along the lines of "Whoa, Sean, I've read your film review of the newest Cowboys' DE Zach Moore, and now you are trying to convince me that Mr. Butt Fumble is a scheme fit in Dallas!?".
Don't go anywhere, because that is exactly what I am trying to say. We all expect great things from the Cowboys offense this season surrounding the QB position. Dez Bryant is going to dominate, along with RB Ezekiel Elliott behind the best offensive line in the universe.
Surely this high-octane offense is a quarterbacks playground, and that is what it could be for Sanchez. When I mentioned Mark Sanchez being the right guy to simply not lose games for the Cowboys, I based that decision on the fact that he can get the ball out of his hands quickly and make some simple reads to keep defenses honest.
We have already seen Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan getting creative with some of his formations throughout training camp, and there is a way to scheme Mark Sanchez to success in the silver and blue.
We might not want to think that, but ultimately we would want what Mark Sanchez could bring to the Cowboys if he does indeed have to step onto the field.
The ultimate goal for the 2016 Dallas Cowboys right now is to stay relevant until Tony Romo can take over this football team once again.
Brandon Weeden, Matt Cassel, and Kellen Moore fell flat on their faces trying to do this a year ago, but Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez are the solution. It all starts with Dak attack, followed by the low expectations put on Sanchez in his new role with the Cowboys - which is to basically be better than Matt Cassel, while Dak will have to outperform Brandon Weeden.
I like the chances of both of these players outperforming their 2015 counterparts, and the depth at quarterback is upgraded because of it with Mark Sanchez as the backup.
Agree? Disagree? Let's talk about it! Use the comments section below to share your thoughts on Mark Sanchez backing up Dak Prescott, or email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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