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    REPORT: Cowboys Keeping OL Joe Looney, WR Tavon Austin, WR Allen Hurns in 2019

    The Dallas Cowboys continue to shape their 2019 roster. After re-signing two of last year's defensive reserves, the team is reportedly planning to hang on to three key offensive role-players in / Joe Looney and Wide Receivers Tavon Austin and Allen Hurns.

    For Hurns and Looney, retaining them involves exercising team options on their contracts for this season. For Austin, who is set to become an unrestricted , it means him to a new deal.

    Looney was a huge part of the Cowboys' playoff-reaching success last year, filling in admirably as the starting center when Travis Frederick missed the entire season. He will count $1.6 million against Dallas' .

    That's a bargain for a player with Joe's value. He can play guard or center and both at a winning level.

    Even with all signs positive for Frederick's return in 2019, Looney is still a great asset to have and the team is wise to retain him.

    Keeping Hurns is a bit of a surprise given his 2018 play. After all, it was his inability to emerge as a primary receiver which forced Dallas to a first-round pick for .

    However, according to reports, this move may be nothing more than a risk-free insurance policy. If Dallas ultimately decides to Hurns, it would only cost them $1.25 million in dead money against the cap.

    If he sticks, Allen will have a $4 million base salary along with other incentives. He could count up to $6.25 million against the 2019 cap by the end of the season.

    Hurns has talent, having been a 1,000-yard receiver once in Jacksonville. If he can find a groove in Dallas, it gives them three starting-caliber players along with Cooper and . He also has the ability to play out of the slot, potentially replacing .

    Speaking of….

    I wrote a lot more about why the Cowboys should re-sign Austin a few weeks ago. But to summarize, he makes a lot of sense both for potential uses on and his ability as a return specialist.

    It doesn't seem likely that Dallas and Cole Beasley will come to terms on a new deal, with Beasley wanting both a larger role and the money that should come with it. The Cowboys are clearly committed to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup as their starters going forward.

    With both Austin and Hurns coming back, it would appear Dallas is fully prepared and even expecting to lose Beasley to .

    These moves also suggest that the team is hoping that it's change in , dropping for , will be the spark that they need. They don't seem to be adding more firepower, but focusing on getting better use out of their weapons.

    We'll see how this strategy plays out, or if the rest of the offseason activity changes this perception.

    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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    1. Same old team getting older and slower. They will never make SB until the old clowns leave Dallas. They never make the Super Bowl with the players they keep bring around the Stadium and over spending for it. Front line offense players over paid for weak blocking. DL allows to many holes were other teams make them look like high school players. Other teams who are run first offense ran all over them last year. Dallas defense allowed over average 200 yards per game on the ground. That is sorry.

    2. I wholeheartedly agree with Terence, the Cowboys need speed @ the skill positions besides Cooper. That’s one reason why A dak has to hold the football, because the wide outs can’t separate, especially, when Cooper goes whodini and disappear in games were he’s double covered. Gallup needs to be faster in running the route tree. And Dak needs to get the football out of his hand faster, or throw the ball away, so the offense can have better field position, instead of taking critical sacks during the game.

      With more speed, hopefully Dak can finally hit a wide open target. He has no excuses he now entering his 4th year. He should be @ the point in his career, where if the running game is sputtering, he should be able to read defense enough to make them pay for 8 man in the box.
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