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“Now or Never” for Dallas to Sign a Veteran QB?

Jess Haynie



Cowboys Headlines - "Now or Never" for Dallas to Sign a Veteran QB?

After backup quarterback Kellen Moore suffered a broken ankle last week the Cowboys were looking for veteran help. They reportedly missed out on Nick Foles and were inquiring about the Browns' Josh McCown.

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Sophomores: QB Jameill Showers 1After a few days, Dallas announced that they were suspending their search for a veteran quarterback. They're going to see what rookie Dak Prescott and second-year prospect Jameil Showers have to offer.

It could prove to be a very shrewd move. Giving those young players more first and second-team reps in August will only help them now and long term.

However, if neither guy is ready to take advantage of the opportunity, Dallas may end up repeating the mistakes of last season. It may be too late to find an alternative.

Last year, Dallas went into the season with Brandon Weeden as the backup. They had so much faith in Weeden that, immediately after Tony Romo broke his collarbone, they traded for veteran Matt Cassel. Weeden was undermined before he could even start his first game.

That move for Cassel is important to remember because, at that time, you couldn't have asked for a better "on paper" option. Check out Cassel's resume prior to 2015:

  • Cowboys Blog - Jason Garrett: Matt Cassel To Start on SaturdayCareer passer rating above 80.0
  • Career W/L record of 35-37 as starter
  • 6'5" and 230 lbs
  • 2008 - Led Patriots to 11 wins
  • 2010 - Led Chiefs to playoffs

Nick Foles' profile was hardly much better. Josh McCown's is roughly the same. At this point, Dallas can't add anyone who is appreciably better than Cassel was supposed to be.

Granted, not every quarterback can play for any offensive coordinator. Cassel may have simply been a bad fit for Scott Linehan's system. Also, Cassel didn't have the benefit of Dez Bryant playing healthy and at his full level.

Still, Cassel had one of the league's top-five running backs and two QB-friendly receiving options in Jason Witten and Cole Beasley. And yet, this previously solid QB barely looked functional as a Cowboy.

Though there are other factors to consider, one of the primary reasons for Cassel's failure was that he didn't join the Cowboys until Week 3.

This time of year we're in right now, training camp and preseason, is not for nothing. Think about how many hours and how many reps Cassel missed in our offense. How could that not effect him?

Cowboys Headlines - "Now or Never" for Dallas to Sign a Veteran QB? 1Dallas' plan to ride with Prescott and Showers is noble and potentially very rewarding. If it doesn't go well, though, then they're back in the same predicament as last season. Renewing the effort to trade for McCown or going after any other option would give that new veteran the same handicap that Cassel had.

Hopefully, Dallas sees enough in the first preseason game to know what they have in the young players. That would still leave three weeks and three more exhibition games to help get a new guy ready.

Otherwise, if Tony Romo misses more time in 2016, the Cowboys may have screwed themselves all over again.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

  • George Johnson

    I have to laugh. K Moore was ready and would have been a good backup QB for T Romo. He would most likely have shown what he could do in preseason games. If he had to play for T Romo he could have won some games and had good QB stats. The sports writers did not think K Moore could do the job even though the Dallas coaches did and said so. This seems to be because of his physical limitations including not having a real strong arm. Now the sports writer think Showers or Prescott can possibly do the job. What a joke. They are an undrafted glorified rookie and a fourth round rookie. They are greenhorns. The only way one of them could possibly be ready to play in 2016 is if they are a very quick learner/developer and probably the next franchise QB. It seems the sports writers don't know a lot about what it takes to be an effective QB in the NFL.

    • Bryson Treece

      Did it ever occur to you that maybe, just maybe, we're looking for more than just doing the job? Tony Romo is old and getting older by the game, and QBs aren't growing on trees. Moore can do the backup job, but EVERY TEAM IN THE LEAGUE HAS SAID HE CAN'T START! So we're not looking to "practice fucked," but rather toward Showers and Prescott BECAUSE they're green, BECAUSE they have the potential still to do more than just the backup job. Come off it bro, the backup QB isn't special. Most coaches are happy if that guy just doesn't lose games, let alone win any of them on his own. But what do I know? I'm one of these "wacko nut-jobs" who thinks Tony Romo is a top-5 QB since 2000.

  • Jess Haynie

    George, nothing in this article was negative about Kellen Moore or what he would've done as our backup. Did you even read it, or did you just copy & paste your same old rhetoric?

  • RJ Ochoa

    "If he had to play for T Romo he could have won some games and had good QB stats." George, I'm all for objectivity and seeing what there is to see here. But did he not play for Romo last season? Producing zero wins and mediocre stats (albeit an impressive final game from a statistical standpoint)?

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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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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.

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