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Off-Season Progress Report: Quarterbacks Are All The Rage

RJ Ochoa



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Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck were known to argue repeatedly over what season it was.

Cowboys Blog - Off-Season Progress Report: Quarterbacks Are All The Rage

Rabbit, Duck, they're both wrong!

It's quarterback season around these parts as there has been a ton of discussion among the Inside The Star writers about the most important position in professional sports.

The Dallas Cowboys are facing a myriad of difficult decisions as they begin their march towards greatness in 2016, and a lot of it will concern quarterback and its ensuing depth.

Will the Cowboys look to sign a veteran free agent as many have suggested? Our own Corey Clark takes a look at the battle between perhaps the two biggest names that could be up for discussion - Johnny Manziel & RGIII - and who the Dallas Cowboys should target of the two. You can find the answer right here.

You better get used to those two names because they're going to be talked about a lot over the next few months. Bobby Belt, Host of Cowboys Cast, and I talked about that among other things on this week's episode of Cowboys Cast. Bobby also chatted with USA Today's Jonah Tuls in regards to the guys that could be running routes for these quarterbacks - the draft eligible receivers.

Jonah gives us some great insight on these guys, especially my own preference for the 4th Overall Pick... Ole Miss Wide Receiver Laquon Treadwell. Staff Writer Sean Martin has a different preference for that 4th pick, though. Sean argued right here about why the Dallas Cowboys must go quarterback at that pick. Considering the ineptitude surrounding the position in 2015 it's relatively easy to get on board with Sean, unless your name is RJ Ochoa.

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I took the alternative route and put together my own pitch, which you can find right here, against that notion. I've made it clear that I like Laquon Treadwell with that pick, but more than anything I want immediate impact. The ramifications of not obtaining that could have a ripple effect that we won't see for some time.

If you don't believe me give this hypothetical scenario a glance. Imagine if I gave you the option of drafting 4th Overall from the 2014 NFL Draft pool, but you had the exact same roster and needs as the 2016 Dallas Cowboys. Would you really take a quarterback and pass up all of that insane talent? Read to find out.

Of course even if the Dallas Cowboys do take a quarterback with the 4th Overall Pick he will still be the backup to starter Tony Romo. Staff Writer Nick Cocchiaro wrote up a pretty passionate piece right here that detailed the difficult situation that we all have to come to terms with: Tony Romo is an elite quarterback in the NFL, but the end is closer than we'd all like to admit.

Make sure to follow Inside The Star on Twitter and all other forms of social media as we'll continue to put out content for you all throughout the off-season!

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What are your thoughts on what the Dallas Cowboys should do at Quarterback? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur

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L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.

Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.

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The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark...

Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.

Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.

Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.

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REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn

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According to a report just minutes ago, the Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Miami Dolphins' Defensive End Robert Quinn today as part of a possible trade. Miami is looking for a trade partner to try to get something back for Quinn before making him a salary cap casualty.

Quinn is in the final year of his contract and is set to count $12.9 million against the Dolphins' salary cap. Most of that is his base salary of $11.8 million, which Miami is reportedly willing to pay part of to help facilitate a trade.

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Robert Quinn was spotted today on his way to visit the #Cowboys, who are in trade talks with the #Dolphins for the veteran DE, sources say. Quinn would need to agree to any deal. So, this is another step in the process, with a Dallas team that obviously needs pass rush.

The Cowboys need DE help with DeMarcus Lawrence's contract still unresolved and Randy Gregory now indefinitely suspended for another drug policy violation. They signed Kerry Hyder from the Lions yesterday, but he isn't a proven commodity like Quinn.

Turning 29 in May, Robert Quinn is a two-time Pro Bowler and former first-round pick of the Rams. He hasn't had the same production in recent years but still had 6.5 sacks for Miami in 2018 and 8.5 the prior year with Los Angeles.

Ever the bargain shoppers these days, Dallas is probably hoping to get Quinn for late-round draft pick or perhaps a pick swap.

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According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.

The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.

Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.

This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.

Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.

Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.

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