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Should He Stay? Or Should He Go?

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Terrell T.O. Owens

Rumors are flying about the inner circles in Valley Ranch pondering the release of Terrell Owens. I really do not know if this story has any legs or not, due to who is blabbing about it. One Ed Werder! I will go with the old saying "where there is smoke, there's fire"!

Let's look at this from all different aspects and see if this is a legitimate option for the Cowboys.

First and foremost I would like to say that I am severely divided on this subject. Terrell Owens has been a good player for the Cowboys, and has not been a locker room problem until this year. As much as I want to blast the guy for his mouth this year I am having a very difficult time doing it.

The Cowboys brass is in a peculiar situation when it comes to T.O.! I am not a capologists so I will leave those ramifications for another day with someone much smarter on those things than I. What I am concerned with is the football and locker room ramifications.

The football ramifications are many! If they release T.O. we now must depend on Roy Williams to step up and be the man. Roy was brought here to do that, and I believe he can do that. What is a little concerning is that after Roy we are back to the same spot we were last year, can the guys behind him carry a big enough piece of the chain? Patrick Crayton is a good receiver, he gets better every year, but is he a #2? Miles Austin when healthy is a legitimate down field threat, but can he stay healthy? Answering these questions is a very difficult task. The scenario that keeps coming to my mind is Austin becoming the #2 with Crayton working the slot. In order for this to work and be a viable option the Dallas offense would need to change a little. The offense needing to change has been a topic of discussion anyway, so no matter who is playing where, this is something that needs to transpire! In order for my theory to work here is what would need to change. First the Cowboys must use these three guys properly. Miles Austin should be running downfield routes consistently. This guy has entirely too much speed to be running short routes. Patrick Crayton should be attacking the middle of the field, whether he is the one that the ball is thrown to or not. Crayton can open the middle up for Witten and Bennett, and can force the defense to make a decision that they do not want to make. The key to all of this lies with Roy! He is too big, too strong, to not run an endless amount of slants and curls in his direction. This guy can do damage if used properly. They must get the ball to Roy and Patrick quickly and then let them go to work.

This last year the Cowboys became entirely to predictable. First down run up the middle to Barber! Second down throw the ball to T.O. whether he is open or not! Third down throw the ball to T.O. whether he is open or not! The Cowboys were extremely worried that T.O. would blow up if they did not get him the ball. Well he blew up anyway, and they were an awful offense to watch. The Cowboys could repair these issues IF they had a strong presence in the locker room, and that presence that I speak of would be that of a strong head coach! Now I know Wade has stated that he is going to be making "changes" to himself, but he can not change enough to handle this problem.

Let's say for example the Cowboys do not release Terrell. Do you think Terrell just simply comes back to work with no hard feelings towards the Cowboys? There is no way he can do that! Terrell is simply not built that way. The Cowboys in my mind have painted themselves into a corner (if the reports are true) I don't think they have an option now. The Cowboys cannot afford to keep him, no matter what it cost them in dollars! This team was a wreck this year, and it all started with locker room turmoil. You have not seen turmoil! Turmoil is what is going to happen when you bring Terrell back after two weeks of speculation of cutting him!

I like Terrell, I really do. However I think he is extremely immature. Just like a teenage boy he thinks he knows more than he knows, and he does not know when to just shut up! In a perfect world I would want to see him stay. The world is not perfect and so he must go!

The release of Terrell Owens could also do a lot of good for this football team. These players may come to a realization that play time is over! This may be just exactly what they need to get this thing turned around. What do you think?

No matter what happens I can assure you T.O. is watching and listening, and getting close to exploding. I just have a very odd feeling that things are about to get a jolt of energy from Mr. Owens! Getcha Popcorn Ready!


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6 Comments
  • Eagle Nut

    GET RID OF T.O.!!!!!!!!!! GET RID OF HIM BEFORE HE RUINS YOU GUYS COMPLETELY!!!!!!!! He is cancer for a team and deserves to go to Detroit or Oakland.

  • Mike D

    He should go because he is a total cancer with declninig skills, but unfortunatly due to the “genius” move by Jerrrah signing him to a big money extension last off season you are stuck with him and all his BS.The Cap hit for cutting or trading him would be disasterous.

  • bags030404

    Not necesarily he is going to count something like 8 million against if he is on the team. If they release him it will cost another 650,000 so it is not that big of a hit.

  • bags030404

    Yes he did! He was given 12.9 bonus last year, he is due a 3.1 roster bonus in june. If he stays it costs them 8.995 (this includes the roster bonus) if he is released the prorated salary cap figure moves to 9.67! Here is a spot you can read this.
    http://www.star-telegram.com/332/story/1146822.html
    So their decision should not be so much about money, other than paying someone 9.67 million to not be here! But I can tell you I would be happy to pay him that to stay at home!

  • Mike D

    Didnt he just sign a big extension last off season? and If so wouldnt the entire balance of the signing bonus excelerate onto 2009 cap if he is cut? Could have sworn that I read where it would be a cap killer to cut him…

  • Mike D

    Youre right, as much as it sucks to pay almost 10 million to send someone packing, It would be the best thing for you guys. Team Chemistry would go through the roof, Romo wouldnt have to worry about kepping Princess Owens happpy and you could run a more ball control offense with the 3 talnted backs and feature Whitten and Williams in the Passing game. This all Makes way too much sense and isnt nearly Flashy enough for old Jerruh though…

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REPORT: Cowboys DL David Irving’s Accuser Retracts Claims Of Domestic Violence

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After what was a rather crazy day which resulted in reports the Frisco Police Department were investigating Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving for domestic violence, the accuser has now retracted her claims.

https://twitter.com/DCBlueStar/status/988527577915674624

This retraction comes after the mentioned reports of domestic violence claims against David Irving earlier in the day. Irving was neither arrested nor charged for the incidents, though two separate allegations were made.

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

Irving has claimed through his own social media account that his accuser is an ex-girlfriend looking for retaliation over a breakup. Irving has already said he has changed the locks on his house in attempt to change behavior moving forward.

Whether or not Irving abused his reported ex-girlfriend is not for me to say, but it will be interesting to see how Roger Goodell handles the matter after she retracted her claims later in the day. As we know very well, the NFL can claim violation of the personal conduct policy even if the justice system pursues no charges.

And the results of both the Frisco PD's investigation and that of the league office will be intriguing over the coming weeks and months.


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REPORT: Cowboys DE/DT David Irving Suspected of Domestic Violence

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[4/24/18 UPDATE: Irving's accuser has since recanted with police. However, the NFL could still investigate under their domestic violence policy.]

ORIGINAL STORY

Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving is under investigation by Frisco, TX police for charges of domestic violence, according to a report by Jobin Panicker of WFAA-ABC in Dallas.

The following was tweeted from Panicker's account not long ago:

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms it is investigating serious allegations against Cowboys player David Irving. No arrests. Assault-Bodily Injury, Unlawful Restraint, & Assault-Impeding Breath and Circulation @wfaa

Jobin Panicker on Twitter

BREAKING @FriscoPD confirms allegations made against Cowboys player David Irving were reported on April 22nd. At two separate times: 5pm & 10pm. Allegations made by girlfriend @wfaa

The veracity of the accusations are certainly not ours to judge, but other recent events on Irving's social suggest he is in the middle of a breakup with his girlfriend. Posts early this morning on his Twitter account appeared to be from an unauthorized user, and David later posted on both Twitter and Instagram that someone had hacked him.

Furthermore, Irving shared that he was already taking steps due to the volatile situation.

David Ja Rodd Irving on Twitter

@DCBlueStar Changed the locks yesterday

While personal lives should stay that way, Cowboys fans are understandably concerned after what happened last year with Ezekiel Elliott. As we saw then, Roger Goodell's "justice" system allows for just an accusation to lead to a suspension. There is no burden of proof on the accuser.

And as in that case, even if the police dismiss the allegation, the NFL can still pursue the matter under the personal conduct and domestic violence policies.

It would be nice to just say "let the process play out," but the NFL commissioner doesn't hold himself to that standard. Therefore, we have to report this as it could mean consequences for David Irving and the Dallas Cowboys no matter how legitimate the claims are.


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Jaylon Smith Practicing Without AFO Brace

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A lot of the talk circling the Dallas Cowboys and the NFL Draft is the need for the Cowboys to draft a linebacker as insurance to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith's injury issues.

One of the questions, Sean Lee, will always be a question. When he's on the field, he's as good a linebacker as there is in the NFL. In 2016, he finally got in a near full season and rewarded the Dallas Cowboys with an All-Pro season that led the team to the playoffs. Talent has never been the issue with Lee. Keeping him on the field has been.

Jaylon Smith's question isn't his health as much as it is his recovery. The surgery to repair his ACL and MCL that he suffered at the end of his final season at Notre Dame was considered a success. There was a caveat, however, that there was no telling how much functionality would return because of the massive nerve injury that occurred.

Last year, Jaylon Smith actually played football games. No small step. In some games he made some plays and in other games, it was clear that he was still struggling with changing directions and running with receivers and running backs in coverage.

Time is Jaylon's biggest ally and another offseason removed from his injury should only help him get stronger and more confident in his recovering knee.

Lost in all of the Dez Bryant hoopla was a beautiful little nugget that Jaylon Smith teased Cowboys Nation with last week.

Jaylon provided a great look at his training regimen on the first day of team workouts and if you look closely, you'll see with a Clear Eye View that Jaylon Smith isn't wearing a brace, tape, or any other kind of support. On his knee or foot.

Jaylon Smith on Twitter

Focused vision, Determined belief, Earned dreams. #ClearEyeView

Remember that even after Jaylon was playing and practicing without a knee brace, he was still requiring an AFO brace to help with his foot drop.

Oh, how much one offseason can change things.

Mike Fisher, now of 247Sports.com, quoted Smith as saying, "I have more power and more flexibility now. And the dropfoot (issue) is fading. Absolutely!'' over on Scout.com, and there was this:

"As our colleague Bryan Broaddus has previously noted, it does seem that some of the testing is behind him, that the nerve is regenerating, that the repaired knee is stronger than ever and that more improvement is ahead of him. Smith's 6-2, 245-pound body is about as sculpted as is imaginable. His mind is sculpted, too, the result of his faith and his intellect and his personality and more. He suggests now that more improvement is inevitable, and that includes the medical improvement that is now, to him, simply "a matter of timing.'''

Mike Fisher - 105.3 The Fan and 247Sports.com

There is still a lot of hope around The Star and Cowboys Nation that Jaylon Smith can return to the All-American form that was projecting him as a top-five talent in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he's healthy and moving with better lateral movement and agility than he was in 2017, that's a huge step forward for Jaylon Smith and the Dallas Cowboys.

The progression of his knee and his confidence in said knee is going to be a huge determining factor in Dallas' plans to draft a linebacker. If they feel confident that he will be a more functional linebacker in 2018 than he was in 2017, then perhaps they could wait until day two or three to address the linebacker position.

We can't fully know their intentions as we get closer to draft day. How they address the linebacker position in the 2018 NFL Draft could give us an excellent indication of how they feel about Jaylon Smith's progression.

What we do know is that Jaylon Smith will never give up working toward being an elite middle linebacker. Let's hope he can realize his dreams. Everyone will be better for it.


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