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Off-Season Progress Report: The Non-QB Players

RJ Ochoa



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It's that time of the week! No not The Big Bang Theory, time for your update of Cowboys goodness!

We've had a busy week here at Inside The Star. Last week quarterback, specifically Tony Romo and what's circling that position, were the hottest topics; however, this week we deviated from that.

The Cowboys will have certain players in contract years through the 2016 season. Staff Writer Sean Martin takes a look at Darren McFadden, Gavin Escobar, and Travis Frederick to see which of them has the heat turned up the highest on their situations.

Cowboys Blog - Off-Season Progress Report: The Non-QB Players

All of that goes hand in hand with what the Cowboys are going to need to do in the upcoming bits of the offseason. What positions are they going to address in free agency and the draft? Where are the points of weakness? Our own Tommy Simon takes a look at that in parts two and three of his analysis on which areas of the team need improvement.

In case you missed it, SEAN LEE IS GOING TO THE PRO BOWL!

This is a big deal as "The General" has been well-deserving of the honor and is finally headed to Hawaii for a good 'ol time.

Lee won't be alone in the land of Lennay Kekua, though. Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, and Tyron Smith (plus Dan Bailey) will also be representing the Cowboys at the Pro Bowl. No discredit to Bailey, but the linemen are as much of a slam dunk of a Pro Bowler as you can be. This point was emphasized this week when Pro Football Focus ranked the Dallas Cowboys O-Line as the best in the business for the 2015 season (the Cowboys also graded number one in 2014).

Of course none of these accolades would be possible without great coaching. Staff Writer Nick Cocchiaro proudly pounded the table for why the Dallas Cowboys and their fans need to hunker down with the red-haired magician. Stick with JG, Cowboys Nation!

Garrett and his guys will be headed to Mobile, AL next week to coach the players in the Senior Bowl. You can check out who exactly is on their roster right here thanks to Staff Writer Sean Connery, I mean Martin!

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Make sure and listen to this week's episode of Cowboys Cast. The guys talk about looking back on past Cowboys, the idea of sticking with Coach Garrett, and host Bobby Belt interviews the sensational Dan Turner to talk about the upcoming linebackers in this year's NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl will be a white hot topic next week so make sure that you're following Inside The Star and all of us for great content regarding it. Until next time, live long and propser. Huzzah.

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We'll be continuing this Off-Season Progress Report all season long. What would you like to see in it? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka

Jess Haynie



George Iloka

The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.

He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have...

This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.

However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.

Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.

We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.

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BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

Brian Martin



BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb

According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.

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Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.

During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.

After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.

This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.

Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!

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

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L.P. Ladouceur

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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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