It was 5 days ago when the Dallas Cowboys found out that their #55, Rolando McClain, would be suspended for the first ten games of the 2016 NFL season.
Today, July 5th, the Detroit Lions released their own #55 - Stephen Tulloch.
With so many 5s going on, it makes sense for you to give me a high-five, right? Wait till the end. I want to earn it!
The Lions informed Tulloch that he was not a part of their 2016 agenda all the way back in February. It's simply taken him passing a physical, which he did on Tuesday, to make it a formality.
February is the month when the Super Bowl is played, and Dallas Cowboys fans want their team to be in it come 2017. Thanks to Rolando McClain's suspension, in order to get to one the question should be asked... Is Stephen Tulloch someone the Dallas Cowboys should look at?
The linebacker situation in Dallas is a special kind of mess. For crying out loud, saying JJ Wilcox should move to that position makes sense. Tulloch, who led the Lions in tackles during the 2015 season with 107, would be the swiffer we need to clean this thing up.
Here are the facts regarding Stephen Tulloch:
- He is 31.
- He tore his ACL in 2014.
- He returned in 2015 and did indeed lead the Lions in tackles.
- At this stage of his career he's more of a two-down player.
A popular name thrown out to join the Cowboys, thanks to the recent hype surrounding Amazon's All or Nothing, is Dwight Freeney. While Freeney is more of a household name, the signing of Tulloch would accomplish the same purpose - establishing some much needed depth.
A lot of people are upset with Rolando McClain and his antics and simply want him cut out of principle. That might not necessarily be the best idea.
What is a good idea is bringing in a veteran for Matt Eberflus to play with. It's a drum that we here at Inside The Star have been pounding since the moment the McClain news hit.
Adding Stephen Tulloch to our list of three will only up the number to four, but it's five that we're talking about today. #55. Let's replace ours with one that we can count in in Stephen Tulloch, or hey... let's at least try.
Now give me that high-five.
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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