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#MillerToDallas: A RB That Actually Fits the Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Darren McFadden was fourth in the league in rushing this season. Darren McFadden started just ten games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

If you could go back in time to tell a large group of Cowboys fans, known as Cowboys Nation, that the above two statements would be true then you could have saved a 2014 offseason full of absurd speculation about free agent running backs.

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They have shown as much interest in Ray Rice as they have shown in having me play RB. https://t.co/VtYZ06TLRG

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@CowboysNation have you gotten any questions asking for Cassel to be the starting running back yet?

These two tweets are as far as I'll go into the mess that was the aforementioned speculation. Of course, my Matt Cassel comment was merely written to poke fun at the whole situation. But now I am here to tell Cowboys fans that this 2015 offseason has given us a free agent running back that we can all get behind!

His name is Lamar Miller, and if you are going to push for one back to join the silver and blue this offseason, let it be him.

A fourth round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Miller took over the starting job in Miami as a member of the Dolphins in 2013. He was 26th among all running backs in carries that season, and totaled 709 yards.

The following season he shot up to 15th in the league in carries, as he went for a career high 1,099 yards. This season, he dropped down to 872 yards on the 18th highest workload in the league with 194 attempts.

Should Lamar Miller trade in his dolphin helmet for a star, Cowboys fans should be excited about his relatively small workload. With Darren McFadden's durability being a concern going into his contract year, adding a guy like Miller will bring in a spark of energy to the Dallas backfield.

Miller is a perfect fit for Scott Linehan's running system, with the shifty speed and quickness to do major damage behind the league's best offensive line. While Tony Romo and Darren McFadden could make for a dangerous combination in 2016, allowing DMC to to run against defensive fronts that do not see his carries coming, the addition of Lamar Miller could take this offense to a Super Bowl level.

Romo tosses to Miller. Miller around the left side. Makes a man miss! 10. 5. Touchdown. Dallas Cowboys.

Sound good to you? Great, same here! Now let's get ready to hear this on repeat in 2016, by tweeting #MillerToDallas (all tweets using this hashtag will appear at MillerToDallas.com, which is brought to you by Inside The Star)!


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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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  1. Randy Martin

    February 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    The question is what would it cost to sign Miller. I don't think he gets Murray money but a 4-yr $25M deal sounds in the ballpark. I wouldn't pay more than that though. I think I would rather spend my money on a guy like John Starks that can spell McFadden and would cost a lot less and then grab my RB of the future in the 3rd round.

  2. Sean Martin

    Sean Martin

    February 4, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    I think that's a fair contract number. I also agree that the talent to be had at RB in this draft is awesome! So either way, we should have an upgrade at this position come 2016 – already coming off a season where DMC was fourth in the league in rushing after ten starts and no viable quarterback play.

  3. Jess Haynie

    Jess Haynie

    February 4, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    I am on record, going back to my support of letting DeMarco Murray leave town, of being against spending big money at running back. I think when you've invested three first-rounders and the money to come on second contracts for these offensive linemen then you should be able to get production with reasonable talent at running back. Lamar Miller's a great player but would his production behind this line, at $7-$8M/year, be that much greater than what we got from McFadden for a fraction of the price? I just think you can spend that money elsewhere and get better return for your dollar.

  4. Sean Martin

    Sean Martin

    February 4, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Definitely agree depending on who else we bring in. Had Corey on my show this week and he was in favor of signing Trumaine Johnson over Miller.

  5. Zac Fields

    February 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I'm with Haynie.

    Not that I'm dead-set against signing a guy like Miller, but I really think you're better off addressing that position in the draft. I see too many rookie runningbacks playing very good football for pennies on the dollar versus these high-priced veterans. I also think Darren McFadden being here another year affords us the opportunity to be looking for more of a "complementary back" as opposed to paying somebody big dollars to crank out 1,500 yards for us by himself.

  6. RJ Ochoa

    RJ Ochoa

    February 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    http://www.MillerToDallas.com!

    Sent from my iPad using Pigskin Hub – Pro Football Forums mobile app

  7. Blue Star

    February 5, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I don't see Dallas giving him any money. The Jets or Browns probably over pay.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady

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Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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