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Rookie Watch: Cowboys Sign Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Rookie Watch: Cowboys Sign Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins

Entering yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys had officially signed all but one of their 2016 draft selections. By the end of the day, all nine rookies had signed the dotted line to play for the greatest football team in the world, as defensive tackle Maliek Collins signed his rookie deal.

Collins was the Cowboys' third round pick in the draft, and their last of three picks in the top 100. Unfortunately, like second round pick Jaylon Smith, Collins' rookie season will be dampened by injury.

Jon Machota on Twitter

The Cowboys' entire 2016 draft class has been signed. Third-round pick Maliek Collins has inked a 4-year deal, according to a source

Once expected to contribute immediately in the middle of Rod Marinelli's defensive line as an ideal scheme fit for 2016, the Nebraska product broke his foot (similarly to Dez Bryant in the 2015 opener) early in OTAs. While it is unclear what the Cowboys' coaching staff plans to do in terms of Collins' roster spot, we know that this injury will set him back through the vast majority of training camp and the preseason.

As the season goes on, keep an eye on the freshly-signed Collins to eventually piece things together as he gets back to full strength, and hopefully become a solid rotational player at both defensive tackle positions.

To get a feel for what Maliek Collins can bring to the Dallas Cowboys at 100%, check out this film review from our Inside The Star Staff Writer Kevin Brady.


You can also help officially welcome Maliek Collins to Cowboys Nation by following him on Twitter @SavageSevv!

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

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.

Jane Slater on Twitter

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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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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REPORT: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Has Requested Release

Jess Haynie



Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from ESPN's Todd Archer. The veteran has been with the team since 2008, when he was drafted in the fifth round.

Archer's report can be found here:

Todd Archer on Twitter

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested his release from the team, according to a source. Scandrick hopes to get into the free-agent market when it opens Wednesday. Cowboys seem to have moved on at corner with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis,...

The end of Scandrick's run in Dallas comes as no surprise. He had fallen behind the youth movement at cornerback with Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown all arriving in the last two seasons. Now with talk that Byron Jones may move back to CB, there's just not place for Orlando.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, releasing Scandrick doesn't provide any great salary cap relief.

If Dallas cuts Scandrick outright, they will get back about $1.4 million from his $5.3-million cap hit in 2018. If they make him a June-1st cut, the cap relief increases to $3 million and pushes $1.6 million of dead money into 2019.

If not for all their younger options, the Cowboys might have elected to stick with Orlando for one more season. But given what they already have at corner, Dallas was likely planning to release him even before this request.

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