Despite coming off a career season for Tony Romo, Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys front office are faced with the difficult task of finding his successor.
The Cowboys all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns is under contract through the 2019 season, but due to his age and injury history it’s unlikely he’ll be the quarterback of America’s Team for four more seasons. Romo, who has already undergone two back surgeries, will turn 35 years of age in April. Dallas needs to find a quarterback who can develop under Romo’s wing and be ready to lead this offense when the time comes.
The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Brandon Weeden and Dustin Vaughan. Weeden is a former first round pick who boasts a lousy 5-16 career record. His underwhelming performance in a week 9 loss to the Cardinals left much to be desired.
Vaughan is a Texas native who signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent out of West Texas A&M. He currently holds school records for passing yards and touchdowns. Scouts at last year’s combine were impressed with his size (6’5”, 235 pounds) as well as his leadership qualities and intangibles.
Vaughan is an intriguing option and it’s clear the Cowboys see potential in him as they kept him on the roster throughout the season. Tony Romo proved to the world that an undrafted player can make a name for himself and Vaughan may be presented that opportunity as well.
The Cowboys staff will also look to the draft for a future quarterback. Dallas has more pressing needs to fulfill this draft, particularly on the defensive front and secondary, so look for them to spend one of their later picks (rounds 4-7) on a quarterback.
Last year the Cowboys were shopping for a quarterback and owner/general manager Jerry Jones had a strong interest in Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Dallas had the opportunity to grab him with the 16th overall pick but wisely chose offensive guard Zack Martin. Now Martin is an All-Pro offensive lineman and Manziel has checked himself into rehab.
The most important thing is for Dallas to draft smart, as they have in recent years. Never underestimate Jerry Jones’ propensity to trade up in the draft, but guys like Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are beyond their realm.
There are many talented quarterbacks in this year’s draft, such as Bryce Petty, Garrett Grayson and Blake Sims - among others - who could be an option for the Cowboys if they slip in the draft beyond their projection.
It’s difficult to imagine anybody other than #9 under center but that time will come eventually and Dallas must be prepared. Despite a playoff victory and MVP chatter for Romo in the 2014 season, there are no guarantees in the NFL. Tony Romo is one of the toughest quarterbacks in the league but another injury to his back could be the end of a storybook career.
Just as Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe, and Aaron Rodgers replaced Brett Favre, and Tony Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe, somebody will replace Tony Romo.
Life beyond Tony Romo is on the horizon for the Dallas Cowboys, and they must be prepared.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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.
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