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Should Cowboys Target WR DeSean Jackson Before Trade Deadline?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Should Cowboys Target WR Desean Jackson Before Trade Deadline?

The NFL trade deadline is next Tuesday and it looks like there are still some trades waiting to happen around the league. The Dallas Cowboys have already engaged in a high-profile deal that sent their 2019 first round draft pick over to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper. Now, another WR is demanding to be traded from his current team and one has to wonder if Dallas would be willing to pull the trigger again to improve an offense that desperately needs help.

According to Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, DeSean Jackson has demanded a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His demand makes sense, as the Bucs don't look like a serious contender in their division despite the surprising start to the season they engineered under Ryan "Fitzmagic." Now the question, of course, is who will trade for the veteran?

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Bucs WR DeSean Jackson requested a trade from Tampa Bay, sources say. The team has resisted. But an intriguing name to watch. My story:

Despite the addition of Amari Cooper, the Cowboys could be a potential candidate on this conversation.

The Cowboys wide receiver core has proven to be inefficient through seven games. Although Dak Prescott hasn't played very well this season, many of this offense's woes are also responsibility of the wide receivers and tight ends.

Bryan Broaddus recently mentioned on Twitter that the the Cowboys were looking at both these positions ahead of the trade deadline. After the trade for Cooper, a tight end might make more sense but a second trade for a WR shouldn't be ruled out here.

First of all, it's high time we admit neither Allen Hurns or Deonte Thompson have been the answer at the position. None of these guys is a deep threat for Dallas and haven't been able to meet expectations. And it's not like expectations were high...

DeSean Jackson is not an elite player by any means. He's not really WR1 material but could definitely help Dak Prescott and company by stretching the field and opening up deeper pass plays, which haven't been frequent at all for the Cowboys.

Some in Cowboys Nation are still trying to get over the fact that this team traded its first round selection, but Jackson shouldn't be an expensive player to get. With 31 years of age, I wouldn't be surprised if he's traded for a fifth rounder.

Whether or nor you're a fan of Prescott, there's no denying the front office is deciding to trust their young QB despite a rocky 2018. That's why they shipped a first round draft pick that otherwise could've been used in a rookie QB. Now that's not an option. Prescott will very likely be under center next season as well.

If that's the case, the team should continue its task of improving Dak's supporting cast. Jackson could be a relatively cheap option to add a little spark to Scott Linehan's offense. In just one week, the wide receiver position would be significantly better.

For now, all eyes are on what Amari Cooper will do for this team. We'll have to wait until November 5th to watch him wear the Star on Monday Night Football.

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  1. Broderick K Johnson Jr.

    October 28, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Yes thy sud continue to look for an upgrade at wr,why not Jackson.

  2. Hector Espindola

    October 28, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Get Jackson, cause Twill, Hurns and Thompson are not the answer on this WR carousel.

  3. BrokeDog

    October 29, 2018 at 2:04 am

    Why not Jackson ??? They, basically, got ROBBED of their 2019 first round pick! So, sure … hey, Jerry … why not SEVERLY over-pay and give Tampa Bay your 2019 2nd round pick ??? Or, better yet … give Tampa your 2020 FIRST ROUND PICK ?!? If you are gonna destroy the team, you might as well go “all-in”!!!
    As you can tell, I’m STILL totally in shock over the Cooper deal, so … U might as well go ahead and finish me off! Dang … U had Ridley right there, if it was a receiver U wanted! Are U just punishing Steven and Jason … or WHAT ???

  4. Chuck Wright

    October 29, 2018 at 11:24 am

    I’d rather find a TE who’s ready to go but until they dump Scotty L and his staff for a staff that can work with Dak, we will have no idea what Dak can be.

    Scotty keeps trying to turn Run Pass Option Dak into Drop back pocket passer Aikmen. Scheme simply does not fit the talent, hasn’t for years but Scotty L keep trying to pound a square peg in a round hole.

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Did DC Rod Marinelli Have Increased Role in Cowboys Loss at Rams?

Sean Martin



Did DC Rod Marinelli Have Increased Role in Cowboys Loss at Rams?

The Dallas Cowboys Divisional Round loss at the Los Angeles Rams is still fresh on the minds of their players, staff, and front office. So much so that the team had to fan the flames on a Jason Garrett comment expecting Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan to return. Garrett himself walked back this "report" once Stephen Jones noted it's still too early for any coaching staff changes. The focus will remain on Linehan's post until it's removed or the Cowboys OC is retained, but one coordinator the Cowboys now expect to keep is Rod Marinelli on defense.

Marinelli himself disputed the season-long belief that this was likely his last as the Cowboys defensive coordinator. With Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard not taking any of the three HC positions he interviewed for, Marinelli doesn't have to worry about shuffling his title to accommodate Richard - who called the plays from week one this season anyway.

Rod's title does include his specialty as defensive line coach though, a unit that the Rams dominated with their offensive line to a historic degree. The Rams' season-high 273 rushing yards was provided by both Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson surpassing 100 yards on the ground, the first time in team history they've had two backs reach this mark in a single playoff game.

Rams HC Sean McVay hardly had to reach into his vaunted 'bag of tricks' to expose the Cowboys defense in a way they hadn't been all year, but there was still an element of brilliance in his offensive game plan. It came out after the game that the Rams picked up on the keys the Dallas defensive linemen used to signal stunts and twists before the snap. While this is nothing more than just great scouting yielding an unforeseen advantage, it's left the Cowboys with more than enough time to ponder what went wrong in the Coliseum.

Danny Heifetz on Twitter

The Rams offensive line knew what the Cowboys defensive line was going to do before the snap on Saturday.

The answer to this may be nothing other than the coaching questions the Cowboys are already considering. With Richard's interviews in Tampa Bay, Miami, and New York coming at the beginning of the week leading up to game day, it's possible Marinelli had a larger say in the Cowboys preparation on defense.

It was Marinelli's defense that conceded 412 yards to the Rams in 2017 in a loss at AT&T Stadium. Matching him up with McVay leaves a lot to be desired, while Richard helps bridge this gap - something he was seen desperately trying to do on the sideline with a battered Cowboys defense.

As each day of the offseason passes, a change at either coordinator position becomes less likely in Dallas. On offense, the play caller has more than a season's worth of evidence showing the deficiencies of the Cowboys attack. In a league fueled by recency bias however, Marinelli certainly didn't leave his best performance on the field in Los Angeles.

Somewhere in the middle of this is Jason Garrett, safely in place as the head coach that should be personally trying to upgrade his top two assistants however possible. Marinelli signing up for another year makes this hard on defense, though Richard should resume play calling duties next season.

Again, this leaves the onus of the Cowboys improvements for 2019 on the offensive side of the ball, something that'll be realized when the shock of their defense letting them down in the biggest game of the season is gone.

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Cowboys Getting Over $30 Million Cap Space from Expiring Dead Money

Jess Haynie



Tony Romo, Dez Bryant

You may have already heard that the Dallas Cowboys will be flush with salary cap space in 2019, and that's very accurate. A huge portion of it comes from over $30 million in expiring cap penalties, otherwise known as "dead money."

Quick explanation; dead money occurs when a player is released or retires prior to the expiration of their contract. Any guaranteed money, such as the original signing bonus or money converted in a restructuring, that has not yet been paid out according to the contract schedule is accelerated.

For example, when Tony Romo retired after 2016, he still had $19.6 million in guaranteed money owed to him. Dallas chose to split this dead money over two years, and thus had a $10.7 cap penalty in 2017 and $8.9 million last season.

But now Romo's dead money, along with Dez Bryant's and several other players, is coming off the Cowboys' books. The result is a roughly $30 million infusion of salary cap space for 2019.

Here were the major culprits for last year's dead money:

(All cap figures are taken from

  • QB Tony Romo - $8.9 million
  • WR Dez Bryant - $8 million
  • DT Cedric Thornton - $2.5 million
  • CB Orlando Scandrick - $2.3 million
  • CB Nolan Carroll - $2 million
  • WR Deonte Thompson - $1.8 million
  • DE Benson Mayowa - $1.1 million
  • K Dan Bailey - $800 thousand
  • TE James Hanna - $750 thousand

Those players alone make up a little over $28 million. Another $4 million or so came from over 30 players with lesser penalties that still added up.

Right now, the Cowboys have only $1.76 million in dead money on their 2019 salary cap. Nearly all of that is the $1.6 million still owed to Orlando Scandrick.

That difference is where the cap space comes from, and it will be of tremendous help to Dallas as they have major financial moves coming. They need to re-sign DeMarcus Lawrence, deal with a major salary bump for Amari Cooper, and consider a contract extension for Dak Prescott.

The 2019 number will change, of course, as the offseason rolls on. If Dallas elects to release players like Sean Lee, Tyrone Crawford, or others, some dead money will appear. But that will be offset by whatever cap savings motivated the move in the first place.

This is a good reminder of why the Cowboys' new era of fiscal conservatism is a good thing. After years of what felt like perpetual "salary cap hell," they are finally getting out from under those penalties and have complete flexibility this offseason. They may not even need to cut a guy like Crawford, who they almost would have been forced to in past seasons.

We'll be talking a lot more about individual players and their contracts in the weeks ahead, but this summary helps us see that Dallas isn't nearly up against the financial wall as they have been. We still miss guys like Romo and Dez, but we won't miss that awful dead money in 2019.

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Cowboys Expect C Travis Frederick Back for Offseason Program

Jess Haynie



Travis Frederick

Lost in yesterday's hoopla over Scott Linehan's return was a positive report about Center Travis Frederick. In his comments to the media, Jason Garrett said that Frederick's recovery timetable should allow him to a full participant in the team's offseason program.

After never missing a start in his first five years, Travis missed all of 2018 dealing with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. The disease attacked his neurological system and required immediate and intensive treatment.

Rob Phillips on Twitter

Jason Garrett says the team anticipates Travis Frederick being involved in the offseason program right from the start this spring if he continues on the same positive track in recovery from Guillain-Barré syndrome. #cowboyswire

While Joe Looney performed admirably in Frederick's absence, he's not an elite talent. Travis has been arguably the best center in the NFL since entering the league in 2013.

It's hard to qualify what effect not having Frederick had on the Cowboys offense in 2018. Ezekiel Elliott still led the league in rushing, but short-yardage plays weren't as automatic as we've seen in past years. A 4th-and-1 stuff was part of what led to the Cowboys' loss this past Saturday.

Dak Prescott was the second-most sacked QB in the NFL in 2018. After being sacked just 25 and 32 times in his first two seasons, the number skyrocketed to 56 sacks.

That's not all on Frederick, of course. Tyron Smith had some health issues and there were was turnover at left guard.

But having your All-Pro veteran center out there to help with the pre-snap reads, and help the rookie guard on his left, might have helped avoid some of those issues.

Indeed, Travis Frederick's return is just one of many reasons for optimism with the 2019 season. One of the best players on the team, he was sorely missed this year and can only help as Dallas looks to build on their division title and playoff appearance.

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