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TE Jason Witten Signs 4-Year Extension With Cowboys

RJ Ochoa

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Jason Witten

Jason Witten, “Gold Jacket Witt” as Ezekiel Elliott nicknamed him in 2016, will indeed be getting a gold jacket someday in Canton, OH at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We’re talking about a tight end who is the all-time leader in receptions (1,089), soon to be yards (he needs 17 more to pass Michael Irvin), and soon to be games played (he needs 2 more to pass Ed “Too Tall” Jones) in franchise history. Did I mention that we’re talking about a tight end here?! Jason Witten, in all his glory, has officially signed a four-year extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year extension through 2021, according to league… https://t.co/S0pb1zwjLP

Drafted in the 3rd Round (69th Overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Tennessee, Jason Witten has been making a name for himself while wearing a Dallas Cowboys uniform since the beginning. He’s seen and been through all of the changes at both head coach and quarterback, seeing his fate end as far as the Divisional Round as many as three times (2007, 2014, and 2016).

The Cowboys enter the 2017 NFL Draft seemingly in need of an “heir apparent” to Jason Witten. Last year’s 6th Round selection Rico Gathers thinks that he may be up to that task, but Jason Witten signing a contract extension indicates that he’s not as near retirement as we all thought when last season ended.

Jason Witten

Jason Witten can still make plays. On October 30th, 2016 against the Philadelphia Eagles he caught the game-winner from QB Dak Prescott to keep the Cowboys momentum moving.

Of course the Cowboys will still likely address the position of tight end in the draft as behind Witten they have Gathers, James Hanna coming off of injury, and Geoff Swaim (who was recently injured and will be out until Training Camp). Whatever the case it surely is some peace of mind for Dallas that Jason Witten plans on sticking around for a little bit longer.

Todd Archer on Twitter

Witten’s cap number in 2017 remains the same. No added guaranteed money in deal. Cowboys can restructure later to gain space.

The extension that Jason Witten just signed with the Cowboys seems like a move purely intentioned to allow him to finish his career with the Cowboys as opposed to one made to gain cap space. Witten’s cap number for 2017 is $12.2M (courtesy of OverTheCap.com) and his new extension does nothing to change that. Of course, the Cowboys can restructure and “kick the can down the road” with money as we’ve seen them do this season with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, but for now they’d be wise to sit.

Considering the what-looks-like-a-tumultuous end to the Tony Romo era in Dallas, the Cowboys are likely doing everything possible to ensure that Jason Witten’s exit from America’s Team is far more graceful. Maybe at some point it’ll also benefit them financially, but today all it’s about is keeping Jason Witten around the Dallas Cowboys longer. That’s something we can all get on board with.

Tell us what you think about “TE Jason Witten Signs 4-Year Extension With Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • Russ_Te

    Why not set it up for 30 years with $300 million signing bonus… ;^)

    Hopefully this is not one of those deals like Romo got, that wrecks your cap after he’s off the team.

    Positives: Very durable producer who never relied on speed

    Negatives: Everybody reaches the year where they don’t have it anymore

    Gathers is the kind of low-cost / high-upside project that the Cowboys need all over the team this year in camp – DL, Secondary, OL, return guys who might pressure Whitehead, etc

  • John Williams

    Maybe this is a sign that the Dallas Cowboys believe that Rico Gathers has what it takes to be the heir at TE. Witten won’t be around forever, but this extension gives them time to continue to develop Rico and see what they have with him.

    Likely he’ll compete for a roster spot this year with Hanna and Swaim, and then begin competing for snaps during the season. I would bet as the season progresses that we’ll see him more and more.

    There’s too much upside with Rico if he can figure out the blocking and nuanced route running side of the game.

    Thankfully, we don’t need him to be an underneath security blanket at the moment, we have Cole Beasley and Ezekiel Elliott for that.

    Once Gathers gets into games, he can be that TE that goes up the seem or challenges the Cover Two with corner and post routes.

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WR Brice Butler Makes Waves With Controversial Comments

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Los Angeles Rams @ Dallas Cowboys: By the Numbers

Heading into this 2018 offseason, the Dallas Cowboys have to answer some critical questions about their wide receiver corps.

  • Is Dez Bryant still worthy of being labeled/targeted as a number one receiver?
  • Is Ryan Switzer ready to dethrone Cole Beasley as the team’s starting slot receiver?
  • What in the world do you do with Terrance Williams?
  • And, lastly, do you bring back last year’s WR4 Brice Butler?

Well, it appears that final question answered itself earlier this week.

Free agent wide out Brice Butler took to Fox Sports to voice his opinions on his future with the Cowboys, stating that if he isn’t going to be a starter, he isn’t going to come back at all.

“I think in this league, when you think about the business aspect, you’ve got to follow the money trail… Both of our starters made money. Terrance [Williams] just got paid last year. So there were times where I was like, ‘I’m making plays, aren’t we trying to win games? Why am I not on the field?’ But that’s the only thing that I can really think of.” -Brice Butler

Butler also made waves with a comment on Fox’s Undisputed, claiming that if given the same chances as Dez Bryant, he would have been more productive than Bryant was this season.

I am totally for a player getting the money he feels he deserves, and I wasn’t really “for” the Cowboys bringing back Butler anyway, but he probably sealed his fate In Dallas with his comments. This is the same team that cut Lucky Whitehead last offseason to send a message, and has tried to “clean up” their locker room with the “right kind of guys” lately, so it’d be hard to imagine them re-signing Butler now.

Even though I don’t think it’s that outlandish of a comment for him to make. I mean, why shouldn’t he want an opportunity to start somewhere? Unfortunately for Butler, I doubt that opportunity is in Dallas.

Plus, we all thought Butler should’ve gotten more chances during his time here, dating back to the disastrous season in 2015. And when he did get chances, Butler showed flashes of how valuable he can be.

Still, I think the Cowboys should draft a wide out to be their much-needed Z receiver, and signing Butler would just add to the log jam of pretty mediocre players at the position already.

Could Brice Butler have been more productive than Bryant? I guess we’ll never know. But it’s astounding how this rather average football team cannot help but make the news each and every day.

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single
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During an offseason filled with concerns for Cowboys Nation, Cole Beasley sure helped fans take their minds off coaching changes, free agency and draft prospects for a moment. Bease took Twitter by storm when he tweeted a link to his first single as a rapper… yes, you read that right.

Cole Beasley: an NFL Wide Receiver by Day, Rapper by Night

Cole Beasley on Twitter

80 Stings – Single by Cole Beasley on Apple Music

Listen to songs from the album 80 Stings – Single, including “80 Stings”. Buy the album for $0.99. Songs start at $0.99. Free with Apple Music subscription.

“ColdNation Records” is the name of the company Beasley created alongside music producer Victor Clark, to release his first single. You can listen to “80 Stings” on iTunes, Spotify and just about every digital store, as the tweet above mentions.

I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know what to expect. But when I turned the volume up and played the song for the first time, I was surprised. It’s awesome.

When Beasley caught that football behind his helmet versus the Giants back in week 1, I thought “man, that’s it. Beasley can’t surprise me anymore.” Well, he proved me wrong.

“80 Stings” isn’t only performed by him, but also written by him.

It turns out Cole Beasley has been writing since he was in college. And if you already listened to the single, you know he’s awesome at composing, and his flow is actually very quick.

The whole song is pretty entertaining, but it does have some verses that stick out more than others. We all know Beasley has been an underdog his entire football career, so it comes as no surprise that he introduces himself as “Mr. Slept On”, for instance.

Throughout the song, the 28-year-old receiver shouts out his wife and his children (and the fact he’s saving money for when they go to college, something we had already seen him proudly mentioning on Twitter.)

Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott both got their own name-drops on Beasley’s “80 Stings”, too.

“But Sunday, Jerry’s boss now,

I’m a dog when Dak get the ball out,

Pull the sauce out…”

– Cole Beasley on his first single, “80 Stings”

The rest of the album, according to “Killa Beasley”, will be released this Spring.

Cole Beasley insisted this is just a passion and that in no way will it affect his football career. So, really… don’t worry about it. Just enjoy this awesome thing he decided to share with his fans.

This time of the season can be sort of stressing for Cowboys Nation. A lot of changes in the coaching staff that may not be the desired ones, a lot of players Dallas needs to bring back, and just the aftermath of a disappointing 9-7 season.

It’s nice to have something like this to talk about, for a few days at least.

From all of Cowboys Nation, congratulations on this achievement, Mr. Slept On!

Tell me what you think about “Straight Outta Dallas: Cole Beasley Releases His First Rap Single” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries

Sean Martin

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Zack Martin

With the NFL Draft, free agency, and of course the ongoing playoffs, providing so much for fans everywhere to focus on, it can be easy to forget that recovery is one of the most critical aspects of every team’s offseason. After the grind of a 17-week season, the Cowboys are recovering — both physically and mentally — as they slowly turn their attention towards building their 2018 roster.

Starting RG Zack Martin and DT Maliek Collins are both expected starters at their respective positions next year, and both players are now coming off of offseason surgery.

Zack Martin, whose name will remain in headlines through the spring as the Cowboys look to sign their franchise RG to a long-term deal, underwent successful elbow surgery. This will cause Martin to miss this month’s Pro Bowl, which he was named to for the fourth time in four years.

LT Tyron Smith is also not expected to play in the Pro Bowl.

https://twitter.com/dallascowboys/status/950846277071396864

In what was an inconsistent season for the Cowboys’ offensive line in performance, health, and cohesiveness, Zack Martin and this minor procedure should be the least of Dallas’ worries. The expectation is, of course, that #70 will be just fine to lead the way for Ezekiel Elliott moving forward, and likely paid considerably more by the time he takes the field again.

For DT Maliek Collins, it was surgery on his left foot that was minor enough to wait until the offseason — although the injury did appear for Collins on the team’s weekly injury reports throughout the season.

With David Irving effectively losing his 2017 season — a four-game suspension followed by a lingering concussion — Collins was asked to play more of the 1T position in his second season with the Cowboys.

Overcoming a broken foot from his rookie training camp to flash real potential as a 3T in 2016, expectations for Maliek Collins had to be tempered once he transitioned to the less “glamorous” 1T spot.

Defensive tackle is not a position the Cowboys have invested in heavily during recent years, so monitoring the health of Collins, while deciding where he best fits Rod Marinelli’s scheme, will be important as we approach the draft.

Like Martin, Collins should also be available for April’s return to work for the Dallas Cowboys.

Tell us what you think about “RG Zack Martin, DT Maliek Collins Undergo Successful Surgeries” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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