Randy Gregory's four game suspension came as a shock to Cowboys Nation, as the defensive end out of Nebraska has now failed his fourth drug-test since his NFL Combine. Gregory, with all the potential in the world, had his rookie season washed away by injuries - and now is a guy that will force the team to build his position as if he is not part of the plan.
I went back and listened to Randy come on the Dallas Cowboys Draft Show, and the quote that resonated with me was when he said, "They saw me as a high character guy". What also stood out to me was Gregory's humbleness towards specifically being selected by Dallas.
Every draft pick in history gives the same cliched quotes about being happy to be with this organization or that one, but very few speak like Gregory did - going out of his way to mention numerous times that the Dallas Cowboys felt like his best and only fit.
Wearing the star for America's Team is certainly a humbling and chilling experience, and before Gregory even got to try his on at training camp he could sense the potential for a great career in the silver and blue.
Then, on his phone call with Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli, Gregory repeated twice to each of them that he would make the Cowboys HC and Defensive Coordinator proud. Obviously, his most recent actions did anything but that.
My last takeaway from these two interview videos came as I watched the Dallas war room sit in silence while viewing the NFL Network broadcast of the Draft. Immediate talks of the "red flags" the Cowboys had on the defensive line were audible through the TV in the room, as Greg Hardy was mentioned along with Randy Gregory proceeding to the stage.
Even still, Marinelli, Garrett, and Jerry Jones, all kept their smiles - silently agreeing that they had the resources in place to help out Randy Gregory and take advantage of his full potential. At this point, Gregory must help himself first.
While most of the other quotes from these interviews are those cliched draft answers, the ones that will stick with me are the ones where Gregory specifically referenced the Cowboys as being the team to save him and give him a chance.
The team has not given up on giving him this chance, and I do sincerely think that this low moment of his career - combined with his dreadful rookie campaign - can combine to launch a new chapter in his life and playing career where we see the best of Randy Gregory.
Out of college, Dez Bryant was a troubled WR that other teams passed on. The Cowboys brought him in, gave him #88, and now he is a humbled but spiritual voice of this franchise. The Cowboys gave Gregory the #94 of DeMarcus Ware, and now it's time for him to reflect that honor - starting now and leading up through training camp into the 2016 season, where he is eligible to return after the first four weeks.
There is still plenty of time for Gregory to make this organization proud, but it is a thin line that Gregory will have to walk before he is completely out of the water.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB 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: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
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.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space
Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.
C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed
Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.
Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.
Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.
With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.
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