The Oakland Raiders have surprisingly decided to move on from their 2017 second-round draft pick less than 16 months with the organization. Safety Obi Melifonwu was waived/injured on Thursday in a move that simultaneously correlates with the Raiders signing of veteran Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
The #Raiders have waived S Obi Melifonwu, a former 2nd rounder. He's been injured, but they also never quite felt he loved football enough. https://t.co/3VLUAriPTn
NFL teams now have a chance to claim Obi Melifonwu off of waivers, but if somehow he goes unclaimed, he will revert back to the Raiders Injured Reserve.
Melifonwu blew up the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine a little over a year ago, but unfortunately that's the highlight of his NFL career. He leaves the Raiders with a stat line of just seven tackles, mostly due to his inability to stay healthy. It's likely the leading factor as to why he's now on the waiver wire.
For the Dallas Cowboys, this could be an opportunity to provide much-needed depth to their safety position. Obi Melifonwu is someone they had shown an interest in prior to the 2017 NFL Draft, but that doesn't necessarily mean they will they throw their hat in the ring and try to acquire him off of waivers?
I think the opportunity for the Cowboys to have a chance at a freakishly athletic gifted defensive back like Melifonwu is too good to pass up. I would be completely shocked if they didn't at least put in a waiver claim for him, even if his injury history is somewhat of a concern.
I believe Melifonwu's best football is still ahead of him, which shouldn't be all that big of a surprise considering the way his NFL career has gone thus far. But, the reason I think the Cowboys will and should be interested in acquiring him is because he fits Kris Richard's prototype to a "T" due to his height and length, measuring in at 6'4", 224.
From a personal standpoint, I think this would be a great move on the Dallas Cowboys part. They love reclamation projects of former high draft picks, and he plays a position of need. Makes sense, right?
Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys have quite a few teams ahead of them who have higher priority on the waiver wire. But, that shouldn't keep them from putting their chips in the pot. Who knows, they could be holding the right cards in the end.
Should the Dallas Cowboys put in a waiver claim for S Obi Melifonwu?
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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