With about three weeks until the start of free agency (March 9), teams around the NFL are starting to make changes to their rosters in what they hope is for the betterment of their team. These moves are made for a number of reasons and you can bet that the Dallas Cowboys are discussing things internally about what they want to do with some of their players. One player that could see his time in Dallas coming to an end is tight end James Hanna.
James Hanna was drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys and has developed into a pretty solid #2 behind Jason Witten. The Cowboys valued his contributions to the team so much that they signed him to a 3-year $8.25 million contract extension in March of 2016.
Had the Cowboys known then what they know now, they likely wouldn't have signed Hanna to a contract extension last year. This is especially true considering the fact he missed the entire 2016 season and his future in the NFL and with the Cowboys could be in jeopardy.
You may have forgotten, but let me try and refresh your memory.
Hanna entered training camp last season complaining of soreness in his knee. The Cowboys initially diagnosed the problem as a bone bruise, but the injury ended up being more serious than expected.
Hanna ultimately had to have knee surgery not once, but twice in 2016. To make matters worse, there hasn't been any news that would suggest he will even be ready to participate in training camp.
James Hanna's knee injuries isn't the first time the Dallas Cowboys have found themselves in a situation like this. In fact, Anthony Spencer went through nearly the exact situation and unfortunately for him it pretty much ended his career.
Spencer was never quite the same after his knee surgeries and it's really starting to look like Hanna could be following the same career path.
This would truly be unfortunate, because James Hanna was a valued member of the Cowboys offense. He may have never developed into a starting TE, but he provided valuable depth behind Jason Witten and contributed on nearly all of the special teams units.
Now, I don't expect the Cowboys to release him anytime soon. I think they will wait and see what he looks like in off-season workouts before making a decision. But, if he's not ready to go by training camp, they could release him with an injury settlement and create $2.3 million cap space in 2017.
If the Dallas Cowboys have any concerns about James Hanna's future with the organization, then we will likely see them address this position in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fortunately, the 2017 draft class is pretty deep at the TE position.
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Is Terrance Williams Roster Spot Safe with Dallas Cowboys?
This will hardly be the last article written about the wide receivers of the Dallas Cowboys entering the 2018 season. However, we can only hope it's the last off-field incident that will factor into the difficult decisions the Cowboys will make on their final depth chart at WR. Yesterday, veteran Wide Receiver Terrance Williams was arrested for public intoxication after leaving the scene of a crash involving his Lamborghini.
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams released a statement on his recent arrest detailing several facets of the incident: "I have always been an upstanding citizen and handled the situation the best way I know how.
Details concerning the severity of the incidents that led to Williams arrest remain somewhat unclear. His on-field production certainly has not been though, putting himself in an expendable position by failing to catch a touchdown in 2017 and only going for over 100 yards once.
Handling this Terrance Williams situation in whatever the "right way" is will be yet another critical decision the Cowboys make under Head Coach Jason Garrett. A team that has clearly valued continuity under Garrett, there is precedent for the Cowboys keeping a now-troubled player like Williams if the void he'd leave behind is too large.
It is widely believed that this is a Cowboys coaching staff working to keep their jobs in 2018. Losing Dez Bryant, Jason Witten, and Terrance Williams in one offseason may very well be too much.
Already dealing with a broken foot that expects to keep Terrance Williams out of football activities until training camp though, it is becoming increasingly easier for Williams to become forgotten about in new WR Coach Sanjay Lal's room.
New additions to this unit include FA signings Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, along with rookies Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson. Joined by the likes of KD Cannon, Lance Lenoir, and Malik Earl, all of these receivers are going to stake their claims for a spot on the Dallas Cowboys before Williams even catches another pass from Dak Prescott.
Once perceived to be fighting for positions below Hurns, Williams, and Cole Beasley as locks on the final 53 man roster, Williams' arrest is the epitome of "next man up" in Dallas. Even if Williams remains with the team in 2018 - as cutting him would only make moral sense for the Cowboys, not financial - his days as a starting receiver may very well be numbered.
As mentioned, this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best.
BREAKING: Terrance Williams Arrested For Public Intoxication After Car Accident
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams is in jail after crashing his car, a Lamborghini, into a light pole, per the Star Telegram. The incident occurred approximately at 3:00 AM, according to the reports and Williams, who fled the scene was arrested two hours later. He was arrested for public intoxication and was also charged for leaving the scene.
According to Clarence Hill, Williams was still in jail as of 11:30 AM.
Kate Hairopoulus, from SportsDay, reported that according to Frisco Police, the Lamborghini was found without a driver. After determining that the car belonged to the Cowboys' wide receiver, they proceded to arrest Williams near his residence, where he was riding an electric bicycle.
This certainly explains why T-Will wasn't arrested for DUI instead of public intoxication. Hairopoulus also reported that Williams has been released on a $369 bond.
Without much more details, Terrance Williams' future with the Cowboys doesn't look very promising as of right now. After hauling a lot of receivers during the offseason, the WR room in Dallas will feature a lot of competition.
Williams, who's recovering from a fractured foot and missing the offseason programs, has something to prove. Certainly, an accident like this doesn't help much his cause.
Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with more details about Terrance Williams' arrest.
Last updated at 2:20 PM CDT.
WATCH: LB Jaylon Smith Moving Without Brace
When the Dallas Cowboys shocked the world and selected linebacker Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, most could not picture a day where he would be going through drills without a brace on his injured knee.
Well, as has been previously reported, that day is now.
New footage has emerged of Jaylon Smith moving laterally without the brace, posted to Youtube by "Cowboys Fan Club." And to say he looks smooth doing so would be an understatement.
Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop.
The 50 second video clip above shows Jaylon Smith looking rather explosive laterally, something we feared he may never be able to do again. When at his best Smith was able to utilize his athleticism and range, and if he can get those attributes all the way back the Cowboys linebacker group will be in very good shape.
Combining him with the athletic Leighton Vander Esch and consistent Sean Lee would be a solid trio of linebackers in 2018. Of course, there is a lot of time between now and the opening game against the Carolina Panthers, however, but it's okay to be excited about his progress.
Let's hope Jaylon Smith continues to progress as the offseason moves along and we inch closer to the 2018 season.
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