If you've been following the NFL Draft coverage surrounding the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, you've probably heard pundits speak about them drafting an offensive lineman. In particular, you've probably heard about the impressive interior offensive line class in this draft.
Whether it be Georgia's Isaiah Wynn, UTEP's Will Hernandez, or Iowa's James Daniels, the Cowboys should have their pick of the litter in the first round. Will they pull the trigger on an offensive lineman in round one? That remains to be seen. But the options should certainly be there for the taking.
This has left some fans wondering, however, what happens to Jonathan Cooper? The former first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals, Cooper started 13 games at left guard for the Cowboys in 2017. Overall, Cooper did a fine job, and certainly showed that he has a place in this league.
Despite Jonathan Cooper performing relatively well in 2017, left guard is still a glaring need on this roster. Cooper is a free agent, and while I believe Dallas should bring him back, they should do so to play in the Joe Looney role. Cooper is still a replacement level player, and would be most valuable as the 6th linemen on the roster, and the first-backup on the interior.
But if Jonathan Cooper can do a "good enough" job, why spend a first round pick on his replacement?
Well, hypothetical person, it's because of how the Dallas Cowboys are built. Years ago they made a conscious decision to build this team around a strong offensive line and an elite running game.
In 2016 they selected Ezekiel Elliott to complete the puzzle, and be the final piece to that rushing attack. The Cowboys want to punch teams in the mouth and control the game on the ground. To do so, and to regain their 2016 form, they'll need to upgrade that left guard spot.
Both Alfred Morris and Darren McFadden were fine running backs heading into 2016, but Ezekiel Elliott took the offense to another level. Similarly, Jonathan Cooper is a fine left guard heading into 2018, but taking a first round guard would make this offense whole again.
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.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
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!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper 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.
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... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
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.
REPORT: Cowboys Negotiating Trade with Dolphins for DE Robert Quinn
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.
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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