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Messing With Momentum? Why Trading Dez Bryant Is A Bad Idea

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Blog - Why I Call Dez Bryant My Favorite Athlete

As America's team, the Dallas Cowboys get talked about every single day on each National sports media outlet. Whether its Fox Sports, ESPN, NFL Network or anything else, everyone loves to give their opinion on how the Cowboys are playing and what they should do with personnel.

No matter just how wrong and/or misguided their opinion is.

In this week's edition of "awful Cowboys takes," people actually want the Dallas Cowboys to get rid of their best wide receiver and a clear leader both on the field and in the locker room. They want the Cowboys to trade Dez Bryant, along with Tony Romo, because...

Well, I'm not really sure why.

I have not heard one good explanation for why trading away a player who is 2nd in the NFL to only Rob Gronkowski in receiving touchdowns since 2010 is a good idea. Or why shipping off one of the 5 most physically talented players on this roster midway through what we think could be a Super Bowl season makes any damn sense at all.

Linda Cohn on Twitter

With all the chatter about how Romo could mess up a good thing in Dallas with Dak, don't be shocked if the return of Dez could do same.

But, he'll just mess up the momentum! They have a good thing going and Dez will ruin it!

Linda Cohn on Twitter

Great minds think alike. I'm concerned if Dak tries to force it to get ball to Dez. Bryant wants to be part of this.

Listen, I really like Linda Cohn. I think she is a fantastic Sportscenter host and she is really good at her job. I also like Jim Trotter, and for the most part, I think he knows what he's talking about.

But to suggest this is flat out idiotic. And trust me, they are not alone in their takes, they are just most recent people to suggest it.

"Oh no, our WR1 is back, now I have to find ways to get him the ball," said no offensive coordinator ever, especially not when that WR1 is Dez Bryant!

Yeah, this Dez Bryant.

Dez Byrant does it all on this touchdown versus Redskins (Week 8, 2014)

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant grabs a low catch with one hand, runs through a few Redskins and falls just over the goal line to score a touchdown in Week 8 of the 2014 NFL Season.

Oh, and this Dez Bryant.

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You remember him? The guy that went for 7 catches and over 100 yards last time we saw him healthy for a full game? Yeah, he's pretty good at football, and we should be ecstatic he's coming back.

For months all that we talked about was how without Dez, the Cowboys receiving corps looked lost. How they lack any true deep threat when Dez isn't in the lineup. How they should consider drafting Laquon Treadwell because they "needed another Dez." And now, with the return of that player imminent, you want to just get rid of him? Because of "momentum?"

I am a bit of a momentum truth-er myself. Meaning, I'm not even sure if momentum really exists. I mean, of course it exists in physics when defined as mass times velocity (my humble brag about knowing science), but in a sports sense, how real is it?

You want to know why I think the Cowboys have won 5 straight games? Because they are a better football team than everyone they've played this year.  They've had the better quarterback play, they've had the better coaching, they've had the better o-line play, they've created turnovers, and they've dominated in the run game.

No, I don't think its due to some magical force which is pushing the Cowboys passed opponents. The only force which is doing just that is their offensive line, which is literally forcing the ball down the throats of the defense.

Sure, there is something to chemistry and "mojo" or swagger of a football team, but the idea that the return of one of the team's best players is going to make that team worse is patently insane.

The return of Dez Bryant only makes an already really good Dallas Cowboys team better. If anything, it should only help solidify that these Cowboys are legit, and are capable of making some real noise in the NFC this winter.

So be happy that Dez is back, and enjoy this ride the Cowboys are taking us on, because seasons like this don't come around often in today's NFL.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

  • Cornelius Craft

    There’s no freaking way I would trade Dez. I wouldn’t even have a conversation about letting #88 go

    • Kevin Brady

      The fact people are even mentioning it hurts my brain. Thanks for ready, Cornelius!

  • RickP

    Just think about how great the offense will be with Dez and Tony back on the field! That’s momentum!

    • Kevin Brady

      Exactly my point! Thanks for reading, Rick.

  • Jay

    It’s sad you even had to write this article. Anyone suggesting trading away Dez, must stop watching football immediately. Absolutely ridiculous.

    • Kevin Brady

      Somehow someway people (especially some media members) think this is a good idea. Makes no sense to me. Thanks for reading, Jay!

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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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Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018 1

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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...

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.

Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladoucer for 2018

Dallas Cowboys LS L.P. Ladouceur

L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker Kyle Wilber

A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.


The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber:

Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.

Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.

The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.

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