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Surprise Cuts: 5 Cowboys Battling For Life After Camp

Last week I took a shot at determining who the Dallas Cowboys might keep on their final 53 man roster, and that started me thinking who could possibly be the surprise roster cuts that we have to say goodbye to. Year in and year out, we have to say goodbye to players that we were hoping would be able to make an impact with the team and this year is no exception. Sometimes, these players are veterans that have been with the team for a while or they are rookies, but having to say goodbye to them is sometimes a little hurtful. Below are some of the players that I could see the Dallas Cowboys having to say goodbye to before the 2016 season gets underway. J.

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Last week I took a shot at determining who the Dallas Cowboys might keep on their final 53 man roster, and that started me thinking who could possibly be the surprise roster cuts that we have to say goodbye to.

Year in and year out, we have to say goodbye to players that we were hoping would be able to make an impact with the team and this year is no exception. Sometimes, these players are veterans that have been with the team for a while or they are rookies, but having to say goodbye to them is sometimes a little hurtful.

Below are some of the players that I could see the Dallas Cowboys having to say goodbye to before the 2016 season gets underway.

J.J. Wilcox, #27

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J.J. Wilcox was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys knowing full well that he would have to spend time developing his skill set as a safety in the NFL, but unfortunately that development hasn't quite gone as smoothly as they might have hoped.

Wilcox was a third round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and is entering his final year of his rookie contract. He has yet to establish himself as a consistent contributor on defense and will more than likely have to accept a backup role now that Byron Jones has made the switch to safety full-time.

Wilcox could face some stiff competition from rookie safety Kavon Frazier. If Frazier can show that he has more upside, it could force the Cowboys hand and thus make Wilcox a roster cut.

It's unfortunate, because Wilcox has the physical skill set to play safety in the NFL, but he can't quite get a grasp on the mental aspect that is causing him to be a liability in coverage.

Darren McFadden, #20

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Darren McFadden finished fourth in rushing last year in 2015, but that was then and this is now. His elbow injury couldn't have come at a worse time and it could possibly end up costing him his job with the Dallas Cowboys.

Once Zeke Elliott was drafted, the writing was on the wall that it would likely come down to Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris as to who remains with the Cowboys in 2016.

Unfortunately for McFadden, Morris will now receive more practice repetitions in training camp and could possibly solidify himself as Elliott's primary backup. The fact that Morris was guaranteed $1.8 million when he signed his two-year contract with the Cowboys doesn't help McFadden much either.

McFadden will have a lot of work to do once he's back to 100%, but it may just be a little bit too late.

Lucky Whitehead, #13

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Lucky Whitehead made the Dallas Cowboys final roster in 2015 as an undrafted free agent to help replace Dwayne Harris. It took the coaching staff a while to trust him before he finally took over the punt/kickoff return duties and even longer to find role for him on offense.

The simple fact is that Whitehead is limited to what he can do as a wide receiver because of his size (5'8", 180), and he is best suited to play in the slot where Cole Beasley currently locked in.

The Cowboys can continue to use him as a gimmicky player the way they did in 2015, but his roster spot may be in jeopardy if the organization decides there is another WR that can contribute more.

I'm a fan of Lucky's, but his time with the Cowboys will ultimately depend on how many WRs they decide to keep on the final 53 man roster. He could receive stiff competition from Andy Jones and Ed Eagan, and might just have to prove he's worth keeping around.

Lance Dunbar, #25

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When healthy Lance Dunbar can be a key contributor on special teams and offense, but unfortunately he can't seem to stay healthy.

Dunbar has yet to fully recover from last year's knee injury and may have to start out the season on the PUP list. This could possibly be bad news  regarding his tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys already have really good depth that the running back position and now due to the fact that Darren McFadden will miss time due to his elbow injury, Alfred Morris and Darius Jackson now have the opportunity to establish themselves.

Dunbar's recovery from injury will ultimately determine his fate with the Cowboys, but with a crowded backfield he will have to reestablish himself when he can finally get back on the field.

Kellen Moore, #17

Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys: 6 Possible Surprise Roster Cuts 6Kellen Moore is penciled in as the backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys, but his name hasn't been written in ink yet. I don't know about the coaching staff for the Cowboys, but I would still like to see him progress more once he's received more practice repetitions.

He's not someone that's going to scare you with his physical presence. He relies more on his football intelligence and anticipation in order to get the job done.

I think if either Dak Prescott or Jameill Showers are close to performing just as well as Kellen Moore, he could end up being a final roster cut.

Unfortunately, Moore doesn't have quite the upside that Prescott and Showers seem to have and this could be his last chance to establish himself in the NFL. I don't really see him getting another chance with another team in the league.

So, not only is he competing for the backup position with the Cowboys, but he could be playing for his NFL career.

Agree or disagree?

Feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions. I look forward to hearing from you so that we can discuss this topic further.



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  • Pete

    I was 4/5 with you on this list until I read number one. I feel that the turbulence we experienced last year at the QB role after Romo went down truly illustrated the dependency of our offense on a QB with great anticipation and accuracy. Once Moore came on to the field things seemed more "normal" with the offense moving the ball down field. I think that with more reps in training camp Moore should easily guarantee Showers another practice squad spot and relegate Prescott to third string.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Pete. I'm not disagreeing with anything you said, but I could see the Cowboys keeping a close eye on the waiver wire and adding a QB with more experience if they think he can be better than Kellen Moore. That alone is really the reason he made the list of players that could be surprise cuts.

      • George Johnson

        Brian: The only way I see that happening is if K Moore keeps not playing well in TC and preseason. The other possibility but highly unlikely is that a really good QB is available at minimum or very reasonable pay. Just because they see a QB that is a veteran or they think possibly could be better than K Moore doesn't mean he could beat out K Moore for the 2nd team QB position. Look at Weeden and Cassel. As I keep saying you seem to be underestimating K Moore as most people do. The coaches and FO just need to hold on from the criticism and pressure until K Moore plays in a couple preseason games. If he does as good as they expect him to, this will likely reduce the criticism and pressure. If he doesn't do well, then it will get hotter and they will need to seriously start looking around for a veteran QB.

        • Brian Martin

          George, I'm not underestimating Kellen Moore, but I can honestly say I haven't seen enough of him to where I feel confident enough to see him be the backup QB. I think if the Cowboys were 100% confident in his abilities they would name him out right the backup to Romo, but I think even they want to see more of him in training camp and preseason games before crowning him the #2. When they make that statement I will be 100% on board. I know it may sound that I'm against Kellen Moore, but I just want to see more visual evidence that he is ready for more responsibility.

  • Paul Luscusk

    You really epect someone coming off the wavier wire will know and run the offensive better than Kellen/ guess you want a repeat of how well that worked out last year.

    • Brian Martin

      Did Kellen Moore really play well enough to deserve so much faith? Yes, he had a good game against the Washington Redskins, but they pulled a lot of their starters and he still threw way too many interceptions. I personally need to see more from him before I feel comfortable with him as a backup.

  • https://www.facebook.com/groups/271737612852332/ Roy Banner

    The only two that I think will possibly cut and should are Wilcox and Dunbar. Dunbar when healthy is a threat but he can't stay healthy. Wilcox has not been consistent enough on the defensive side to warrant a roster spot. Lucky has athletic ability that shows up every time he steps on the field. He is one of those guys that you expect something to happen every time touches the ball. Moore proved he has the ability to get better every time he gets on the field, and besides, we all know how much the off. cord. Loves him. He's not going anywhere. I think DMac came on strong enough last year to let JJ keep his Ark. Fav around one more year.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Roy. You made several valid points, but I honestly could see a scenario where all of these players could be in danger of losing their jobs.

  • George Johnson

    Brian: I may have already said this but my understanding based on some comments by Garrett at a news conference is that Kellen Moore is primarily competing against a standard Dallas has for the 2nd team QB position. If he doesn't meet this standard during TC and preseason games, then they will likely start looking for a veteran QB to be the 2nd team QB. This says to me they are reasonably confident K Moore can do the job based on what they have said and the fact they have not come up with a veteran QB so far to compete with K Moore. I also don't think the coaches think Prescott or Showers can adjust/progress/develop enough to earn the 2nd team QB position in 2016 and I am also not sure they would want that anyhow as that would likely rush them into possibly having to play in season games when they are not quite ready. This can be good from a learning standpoint but detrimental from other standpoints such as confidence and fan support as well as keeping Dallas from having a chance to win the game. I believe K Moore is likely to get most if not all the 2nd team reps unless he starts not playing that well. As I have already said, I believe K Moore will likely do well in preseason games but not quite as well in practices. He should be ready, focused, experienced, hungry, etc. at this point in his NFL career plus if he can't earn the 2nd team QB position in 2016, his NFL career could be in jeopardy. Based on his history he shines when he gets on the field in game situations because he is very experience, consistent, instinctive, poised and knows what to do especially under pressure. You mentioned in a previous article comment, you would like to see K Moore show more command of the Dallas offense. That is likely to be one of his strengths and should show up in preseason games. He knows how to carry out the offense and make optimum decisions in an effective manner and one of the reasons the coaches like him so much. His only downside in this regard is his physical limitations such as he cannot throw the ball with enough velocity to make all the throws. I think the coaches also will make sure he gets on the field at 2nd team or even 1st team in preseason games and scrimmages, even if he is not doing quite as well as they want in practice because they know his strengths show up stronger when he plays. The bottom line is K Moore is likely to earn the 2nd team QB position in 2016.

    • Brian Martin

      I don't disagree that Kellen Moore will likely earn the backup quarterback position in 2016, but I also don't believe that the Cowboys are 100% confident in his ability. I think there is that doubt and adding a veteran QB via waiver wire could be a real possibility. That is why he made the list of possible surprise cuts after training camp.

      • George Johnson

        Just to be clear, it is my understanding K Moore has been assigned the 2nd team QB position with the idea it is his to lose. I expect him to get most if not all the 2nd team reps. Are they 100% confident in his ability? I doubt it as they have not seen enough of him and also expect him to improve from his 2015 play but that is still to be determined. I do think they are reasonably confident that he can do the job or they would have worked harder to bring in a veteran QB. If they have to do it at the end of the preseason, it will be a lot harder to find a good QB.

        • Brian Martin

          George, that's my point. No one has really seen enough of Kellen Moore to really accurately tell one way or another that he will be able to improve on what we saw in 2015. Is that his ceiling or can he further develop with more practice time? That's why I will be paying close attention to training camp and preseason.

  • Jacob Worrell

    …"who could possibly be the surprise roster cuts"… Apparently all the others commenting would be surprised, so you hit the nail on the head with Moore. I too think he has a chance of being cut. Not a huge chance, but a surprise chance. It all comes down to whether or not they can grab an experienced arm to take his spot. I haven't seen anything special from him and with all of Romo's issues in the past, they need more of a go-to guy they can expect to run the offense permanently. I like Prescott and Showers for their potential, but they still don't have the veteran command. Then again, you gotta start somewhere. Might not hurt to throw them in some more and see who steps up to the plate.

    • Brian Martin

      What a very knowledgeable and well articulated comment, especially from a Texans fan ha ha. You must have a very knowledgeable family member that follows the Dallas Cowboys very closely and knows what they're talking about. Thanks for commenting Jacob.

      • Jacob Worrell

        Texans fans are good at recognizing mediocre backups at QB…it's all we've had lately! LOL

        • Brian Martin

          That's very true. It looks like they paid big money for another mediocre QB, Brock Osweiler. Hopefully he works out.

    • George Johnson

      Jacob Worrell: You must have missed the offseason. Dallas could have possibly signed Colt McCoy for about $13M or a couple other veteran QBs for several million. I think the cheapest was Moore from Miami for about $3M or 4M. These were veteran go to guys they could expect to run the offense permanently as you said. Most of the QBs that would be available now will be more QBs like Weeden and Cassell who I doubt could beat out Kellen Moore. Remember K Moore knows the Dallas offense/playbook, has worked with S Linehan for two plus years, has S Linehans confidence, has four years NFL experience/lots of experience before that and has played some in the Dallas offense at first team. He also was one of the best all time pocket passers in college. If you were in S Linehan's or Garrett's shoes would you want a Weeden/Cassel equivalent with zero experience in the Dallas offense/playbook or K Moore?

      • Brian Martin

        George, I don't know how serious they were about adding Colt McCoy or Matt Moore. I don't think they were ever really seriously considering going after either of them. I know they kicked the tires on Matt Moore, but I think it was more of just a meet and greet. This could be because they have faith in Kellen Moore as the backup QB or they didn't like the available veteran QB's. Maybe it was the fact that they felt very strongly about adding a young developmental QB through the draft. Whatever it was I never really got the feeling that they were serious about chasing any of those available veteran QB's.

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Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Reinstated, Will Join Team for Training Camp

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The Dallas Cowboys patience with Defensive End Randy Gregory has paid off. Suspended for the better part of 2016 and all of 2017, Gregory has officially been reinstated to join the team for their 2018 training camp. The projected starter at RDE, Gregory will report to Oxnard with the rest of the team on July 25th.

From here, it will be all hard work for Gregory to reconnect with Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli and get his promising career back on track. The last time Gregory suited up for the Cowboys, he managed to sack Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz in a week 17 win. The Cowboys will be expecting much more of this from a player they've supported through multiple violations of the league's heavily criticized substance abuse policy.

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Cowboys pass-rusher Randy Gregory's petition for reinstatement was not opposed, according to lawyer Daniel Moskowitz. He's back. "I've never been more proud of any individual in my life. I'm very excited for Randy and his daughter and the rest of the his family.

Among this support staff for Gregory were a number of teammates that wrote formal letters to the NFL as part of his bid for reinstatement. These last few days of preparation before the Cowboys are together again as a team will surely be uplifted by Gregory's presence.

They say no news is typically good news at this point in the offseason, something the Cowboys have come to realize far too often. Today's news shouldn't be confused with a pleasant surprise however, rather something the Cowboys were committed to in getting another premier pass rusher on the field.

Here is the NFL's official press release on their reinstatement of Randy Gregory:

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Cowboys, Elliott Should Keep Close Tabs on Le’Veon Bell’s Situation

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The deadline for reaching an agreement with franchise tagged players came to an end last Monday, in what turned out to be a pretty uneventful day all around the league. No agreement was reached by any of the teams with their respective players, including the Dallas Cowboys and their promising "War Daddy," DeMarcus Lawrence.

But the Cowboys' front office have something to learn in this process that doesn't involve a player of their own. Something that both the front office and Ezekiel Elliott should be keeping a close eye on.

The Pittsburgh Steelers also failed to secure their franchise tagged player: Running Back Le'Veon Bell. Really, no one expected a deal to be reached among the two parties. The 26-year old football super star is asking for too much money, which has led to the Steelers tagging him twice in consecutive years.

Bell, conscious of his abilities on the field, is asking for a lot of money from his football team. In 2018, he's set to earn over $14.5M under the tag. That's more than twice the money that Devonta Freeman averages per year - 8.25 million - who's next on the list of highest paid running backs in the league and the highest paid on a long-term contract.

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Just to clarify: Steelers' offer to Le'Veon Bell last year averaged $13.3 million per year. Steelers' offer to him this year averaged $15 million per year. But Bell does not believe he should be paid as a RB; he believes he should be paid as an elite offensive weapon.

Le'Veon, whose agent has said 2018 will likely be his last season playing as a Steeler, was reportedly offered $15M per year but that wasn't enough for him. Bell wants to get paid as an elite offensive weapon, which he is. But it turns out he's also... a running back.

It's a complicated situation and one that, if it turns out well for him in free agency next year, could revolutionize the entire running back market in the NFL. If it doesn't, he might end up regretting passing on the Steelers' offer for he won't easily find that kind of money with a team that seems to be a Super Bowl contender on a yearly basis.

The Dallas Cowboys' priorities will rely on other players during the next couple of years, but that shouldn't keep them from keeping close tabs on these events since they could be dealing with a similar scenario when Ezekiel Elliott's turn for a new deal comes around.

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Fairly assuming that the fifth year option on Zeke's contract will be picked up after the 2018 season, locking him up through 2020, it's a problem that will be down the road for the Cowboys. But it will have to be dealt with at some point.

When his time is up, Elliott should undoubtedly be looking to become the highest-paid in the game, but the amount of money he gets will depend on the outcome of this whole Le'Veon-Steelers thing. David Johnson and Todd Gurley will also play an important role in determining the future of the running back market.

While Elliott hasn't been used as a receiving threat during his first two seasons in the league, he's still an elite offensive weapon for the Cowboys. The team's offense is based around Zeke and the running game, so it will make sense if his demands are somewhat similar from those by Bell.

Elliott might even be franchise tagged once or twice by the Cowboys if things get complicated in the future. Unlike DeMarco Murray in 2014, surely they won't be willing to let him walk in free agency once his contract comes to an end.

For now, it won't be just the Cowboys who will be keeping close tabs on this situation, but also Ezekiel Elliott and his agent. Hopefully, both parties will manage to handle things better than what we're seeing right now in Pittsburgh.

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What’s Left for Cowboys to Offer in Deal for Earl Thomas?

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Earl Thomas' latest subtle reference to the Dallas Cowboys on Instagram was not so subtle. In fact, Monday's post was more inspired by Thomas' actions at AT&T Stadium back in December. The Seahawks week 16 win had just eliminated the Cowboys from playoff contention, as Thomas tracked down Dallas Head Coach Jason Garrett in the tunnel afterwards.

Thomas' Christmas Eve wish to the losing coach, who finished 9-7 last season? "Come get me," which is well out of both Garrett's and Thomas' reach. Within reach has been Thomas' social media accounts, which he's used to stir up his displeasure with the Seahawks entering the final year of his contract.

Already seeing four time Pro Bowl Safety Kam Chancellor announce the end of his career this offseason, the Seahawks are going through a transition they have every right to include Thomas in.

The Cowboys, and several other teams around the league that undoubtedly have interest in Thomas, could also help the Seahawks speed up their rebuild by offering a package of young talent or draft picks.

The Cowboys last known offer for Thomas came during the NFL Draft. As first-round talent Connor Williams out of Texas waited patiently at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys made his dream of playing for America's Team come true instead of sending that 50th overall pick to Seattle.

With their new starting left guard in the fold, the Cowboys came back on the clock at 81st overall in the third round. Still in need of a wide receiver, the Cowboys stole Colorado State's Michael Gallup -- with a pick that the Seahawks reportedly turned down as compensation for Thomas.

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Now, the Cowboys are preparing for their 2018 training camp with both rookies Williams and Gallup expected to start and contribute right away. The Seahawks will be expecting the same from their veteran in Thomas, as his post above makes it clear he's looking for an extension from the team prior to showing up for camp.

Whether or not Earl actually passes on the money he's due to play this season prior to hitting the open market is a different story. It should be one of little concern to a Cowboys team with expiring contracts on Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence and other key players next offseason.

So what does the optimal (and rare) late-July trade for a star player look like for the Cowboys landing Thomas, and dealing with his contract situation afterwards? Here are a few scenarios that the team could see play out in training camp.

Confidence in Kris Richard Enough for Cowboys to Trade Young Secondary Piece?

Thomas' appeal as a member of the Cowboys goes far beyond his own interest in the team, his roots in Texas, or Dallas' old habit of bringing in premier talent at any cost.

The cost here for Thomas is whatever the Seahawks hold over the Cowboys head, relying on him being a starter in their secondary for the ninth consecutive season. The 13th overall pick at the 2010 draft could come the Cowboys way if they're willing to also help the Seahawks patented "Legion of Boom" secondary remain a strength of that team.

Is Kris Richard Actually Jason Garrett's Replacement, Not Rod Marinelli's?

The Cowboys already have a key member of this Super Bowl winning Seahawks defense, their Secondary Coach Kris Richard. Richard takes over as the Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator, setting expectations sky-high for young starters like Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Xavier Woods.

Letting Richard coach up this unit for a full year before the Cowboys part with anyone is a smart approach. Given the impact Thomas would have from the safety position in Dallas though, a spot the Cowboys currently lack a true difference maker at,  moving on from some depth at cornerback could get a deal done with the Seahawks.

Players like Lewis, Marquez White, and Duke Thomas were all used sparingly as backup players in the Cowboys OTAs and mini camp. Knowing what Lewis can give them still as an outside or slot cornerback, the Cowboys may see their strength at CB as enough to upgrade significantly at safety.

Offering the Seahawks an athletic defender like Byron Jones, the converted safety that's projected to start on the boundary at CB for Richard's secondary, could be the most mutual trade these two teams make.

The Seahawks need a lot more than just a cornerback for Thomas, and the Cowboys need a more fortified reason to move on from any secondary players before a deal like this gets done.

Thomas agreeing to an extension with the Cowboys or the team not being able to get a Lewis or Anthony Brown on the field in Oxnard would be one thing to look for if actual trade talks are going to rekindle between these clubs.

Can Connor Williams Follow in Zack Martin's Footsteps?

Future Draft Compensation, Riskier for the Seahawks or Cowboys?

Let's preface this look at the Cowboys draft capital by remembering how high the team themselves -- and not just draft scouts, analysts, and college coaches -- are on Connor Williams.

Holding the Cowboys rookie offensive lineman to the standards of Earl Thomas, with 25 career interceptions and 11 forced fumbles, is preposterous.

The certainty Williams may offer the Cowboys at LG could ultimately be the key to getting Thomas in the silver and blue however.

Also committing to swing tackle Cam Fleming and backup Guard Marcus Martin in free agency, the Cowboys offensive line is looking as deep and talented as ever.

The team would obviously like it to stay this way, especially after seeing Dak Prescott sacked 32 times last year. I wouldn't anticipate the Cowboys trading away anyone of value on their offensive line for Earl Thomas, despite how much a need this is for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks did spend a fifth round pick on Ohio State OT Jamarco Jones. It was the only investment the team made into their offensive line, doing so with their fourth and final pick of that round.

Just how much a future second-round pick would mean to the Seahawks is impossible to define. For the Cowboys, it currently means Connor Williams, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jaylon Smith. Their three most recent selections in this round should put a rest to the narrative that they consistently blow this pick by taking massive risks.

What's Left for Cowboys to Offer in Deal for Earl Thomas?

Thus, sending away any pick that Will McClay and the Cowboys can get their hands on is risky for the Cowboys. Being one they were willing to take back in April, the pressure remains on the Seahawks to trust their draft process and get compensation at the end of Thomas' career.

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Earl Thomas being traded to the Cowboys remains a story for Dallas because they are constantly the team expected to make a move like this. Few players have been as public about the team they want to join than Thomas bartering the Cowboys, and even fewer can believe that Jerry Jones has not gotten a deal done for him because of this yet.

With plenty still to offer and the 2018 season rapidly approaching, the Cowboys have time to wait this out -- so much so that Thomas could happily play for the Seahawks this season and become a free agent in 2019.

Enough waiting is going on throughout Cowboys Nation though. The Cowboys don't arrive in Oxnard until next Wednesday, with Thomas no closer to arriving then, later in training camp, or never.

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