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Signing This Veteran DT Could Help Cowboys Run Defense

Brian Martin



It's no secret that the Achilles' heel for the Dallas Cowboys over the past several seasons has been the neglect to improve things on the defensive side of the ball. Unfortunately, even though they devoted most of their draft resources to improve things, the Cowboys defensive performance so far in 2017 has been pretty abysmal, especially the run defense. But, I think the Cowboys run defense could improve if they signed veteran defensive tackle Arthur Jones.

Fortunately, the Dallas Cowboys currently have an open roster spot because of the decision of Stephen Paea to retire due to reoccurring knee problems. Paea was one of the few Cowboys free-agent signings during the off-season, and he was expected to come in and add depth to the middle of the defensive line. Unfortunately now there is a need at the 1-tech and I believe Arthur Jones could possibly be the solution.

In case you are unfamiliar with Arthur Jones, he is the older brother of UFC fighter Jon Jones and current Arizona Cardinal OLB/DE Chandler Jones. Arthur probably doesn't have the same kind of name recognition as his brothers, but I believe he can help the Dallas Cowboys nonetheless.

DT Arthur Jones

DT Arthur Jones

Arthur Jones would provide the beef in the middle of the Cowboys defense that they are currently lacking. At 6'3", 320, Jones would be the biggest 1-tech the Cowboys DL have had in some time. But, he is a free agent for a reason.

Unfortunatelly, injuries and a suspension for PED's ended up cutting his time with the Indianapolis Colts short. He never really lived up to the contract he signed with the Colts in 2014, and as a result ended up on the street.

Now, I know what you're probably thinking. Why would the Dallas Cowboys want to sign a player who is currently on the street? Well, let me enlighten you.

Arthur Jones is currently the best option available to step in and help the Dallas Cowboys run defense at the 1-tech. I know there is a belief that the Cowboys will sign either Richard Ash or Lewis Neal from the practice squad for depth purposes, but Jones is better than both.

DT Lewis Neal

DT Lewis Neal

If Arthur Jones is indeed healthy, we could see the player that helped a dominant Baltimore Ravens defense win the Super Bowl a few seasons ago. Injuries unfortunately robbed him of his explosiveness during his time with Indianapolis, but if he is back to 100%, it's definitely an area of his game that would upgrade the Cowboys defensive line.

I honestly believe he fits the exact mold defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli looks for in his 1-tech. Jones is equally effective holding up in the run game or providing inside pressure to the QB. His last two seasons in Baltimore when he was healthy, Jones accumulated at least four QB sacks in back to back seasons. That is the type of player the Colts thought they were getting when they signed him as a free agent, but injuries never allowed that to happen.

Now, I have no way of knowing if the Dallas Cowboys have any interest in Arthur Jones, but to me it actually makes a lot of sense to see if he has anything left in the tank. I believe he could make an instant impact in the middle of the Cowboys defensive line.

Should the Cowboys take a look at Arthur Jones?

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  1. Charles

    October 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Not what we need another player that never quite lived up to his potential and has issues with drug suspensions. I would pass.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Unfortunately, he’s probably the best free-agent DT available. But, the Cowboys will probably pass on him because of the issues you mentioned. I would personally bring him in for a tryout to see if he would be an upgrade or at the very least a good depth player.

  2. nick

    October 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Couldn’t hurt to sign him for this year and see what happens, we need a true 1 tech big enough to clog holes and get some push at the same time.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      I would bring him in for a tryout to see if he could add depth and possibly be an upgrade. They need to do something.

  3. Hobbes49

    October 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I would be all for it. Give me a horse in the middle of the line. If he plays well, it helps everyone, Collins, Lee, Hitchens, and Wilson especially. We need a big body to clog those inside running lanes. Of course, we most likely won’t see it happen. It will be Neal or Ash.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 19, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      I don’t really like the idea of signing Lewis Neal from the practice squad. They don’t need another 3-tech, especially in undersized one like Neal. I think Richard Ash gets what they need more, but he hasn’t really done anything since coming into the league a few years ago. That’s why taking look at Arthur Jones make sense to me. But, it probably won’t happen unfortunately.

      • Hobbes49

        October 19, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        I totally agree with you. Guess we will see on Saturday. Should make the decisionby then

  4. Travis Diggs

    October 19, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Dont hold your breath. This team has showed us time and time again that anything to improve this defense is always way to far fetched. Last week it was Navarro Bowman, Kinda Sorta had a chance to trade for Sherman, no action in free agency(1 retired and 1 released). This defense is atrocious and it’s gonna stay that way. Who is the second best player on this defense….anybody?????

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      I honestly think the Cowboys would’ve signed Bowman if he would’ve actually made it to Dallas. I’m honestly not too upset it didn’t happen though. And I was against trading for Sherman also. It would simply cost too much in not only money, but draft capital as well. The only thing we can do as fans is continue to remain patient and hope the Cowboys continue to make it a priority in the draft.

  5. Russ_Te

    October 20, 2017 at 5:22 am

    I’d like to sign him for DT and also LG… ;^)

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Russ, I completely agree with you there. I think Arthur Jones could be an upgrade and the Cowboys could definitely use a better LG.

  6. Russ_Te

    October 20, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Roy Green was the last true 2-way player that I know of in the NFL. 1980’s…

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

      I believe the Cardinals also used Patrick Peterson sporadically at times on offense as a WR. Much like the Cowboys did with Deion Sanders.

  7. Mr. Jaguar

    October 20, 2017 at 11:15 am


    I noticed the deadskins just released DT AJ Francis. He is 6-5 350 and 3 years removed from Maryland.
    The falcons also released DT Tanelo Tipetu, from Washington, 6-1 285, 1 year in the NFL.
    Maybe McClay take a look?

    How old is Jones? How many years in NFL? Like you said in your article, ” it’s a reason Jones is on the Street and not playing.”

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 20, 2017 at 11:24 am

      I’m sure the Cowboys will explore all possibilities. Arthur Jones is 31 and has played seven years in the NFL. He was a member of the dominant Baltimore Ravens defense when they won the Super Bowl.

  8. EverybodyTalks

    October 27, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Truly, Stephen Jones has said repeatedly that they want to get their players through the draft. Jerry Jones was interviewed today and stated that they use free agency to fill in the bottom part of the 53 man roster. Example: Carroll was a bridge or insurance for Lewis to gain experience. Bene is still here because of all the hammy problems with Chidobe. Ash came from the practice squad to fill in for Paea. I’ll admit they were burned by Cedric, but you’re not going to get them all right. Dee Moore was insurance for the front four. He goes and Taco is getting more reps or Moore’s reps. Kellen was insurance for Cooper and now Kellen goes to the practice squad to save Blake Jarvin from a rumored grab by Philly. Again, that shows their view of going through the draft and their regard for Blake.. Zeke’s status has meant carrying 4 RBs. Depending on what goes down next week, could mean that one of our veteran RBs will become the insurance policy the Cowboys no longer need.

    • Brian Martin

      Brian Martin

      October 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      You laid out their roster strategy perfectly. I think this is what we will continue to see despite fans wanting the Cowboys to sign a big FA. The Cowboys will only do that if they believe that player is the missing link.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

Brian Martin



Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?

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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors



Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...

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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

Kevin Brady



Anthony Brown's Resurgence A Great Sign for Cowboys Defense
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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.

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