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Randy Gregory Withdraws Suspension Appeal, Cannot Return Until Week 15

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Headlines - Randy Gregory Withdraws Suspension Appeal, Cannot Return Until Week 15

Today is #VictoryPoloMonday. It was supposed to be 100% awesome. Then this happened.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory withdrew appeal of his 10-game suspension for multiple violations of NFL's Substance...

This is one of the weirdest things to happen concerning the Dallas Cowboys in quite some time. Randy Gregory, second-year Defensive End who the Cowboys took at 60th Overall last year, is knowingly and intentionally withdrawing a suspension appeal that, if won, would allow him to be playing for his team in just three weeks.

Such is the case because Randy is already serving a four-game suspension that preceded this ten-game one. His withdrawal makes absolutely no sense based on the information at hand.

Gregory missed all of Training Camp while in rehab, is he potentially going back? Does Randy Gregory simply not care anymore? The confusion is at an all-time high regarding a player with an incredible ability to get after opposing quarterbacks.

It was less than a month ago that hope was high for Gregory, as the Cowboys intentionally gave him a locker at their new facility - The Star. The Cowboys have had some epic failures when it comes to players they've drafted in the second round, and this is just the latest chapter in the saga.

For now all we can do is speculate on Randy Gregory's intentions with withdrawing his appeal. It's bad news for a defense who, despite coming alive late in Week 2, is incredibly suspect. This team was hoping that Randy Gregory would return this season and now it's all but definite that he won't. Gulp.

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  • Randy Martin

    There has to be more to this story. The first question is “under what grounds was he appealing in the first place?” if he was due to get 10 weeks I assume there was a case for it. Since it was never officially announced in the first place how did he appeal it? I also assume he is withdrawing it with full knowledge and support of team ownership. I know I’m doing a lot of assuming here but all we can do is speculate until the story unfolds and hopefully it will. Cmon D-Law! On a positive note, despite the negative stuff that has been said the first couple games I am seeing some good things from the line. I thought Maliek Collins looked pretty good Sunday and Terrell McClain has looked good. Each guy on the line has shown flashes and I believe it’s just a matter of time before they begin to gel.

  • Jess Haynie

    I think the team may have been the ones to urge him to make this decision. Now that he’s rejoined the team in practice, they may have seen how much work he needs to really get back to playing shape. This allows him to be carried for most of the year without costing them a roster spot.

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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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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