Aramis, Porthos, and Athos; all names that should sound somewhat familiar to the majority of you, but really have absolutely zero connection to the Dallas Cowboys, or do they?
If you're not quite sure where you've heard those names before, that's okay. They were first popularized in the novel The Three Musketeers, written by Alexandre Dumas that was published way back in 1844.
Since the publication of Dumas' novel we have seen numerous movies, TV series, and even cartoons depicting the Musketeer's adventures.
For those unaware, I'll try to familiarize you with the story
The Musketeers (the King's guard) has been disbanded and the three most famous Musketeers (Aramis, Porthos, and Athos) are somewhat muddling around in their lives until they meet a young want to be Musketeer in D'Artagnan. D'Artagnan has prepared his entire life to venture to Paris in order to join the Musketeers, only to find out that they have been disbanded.
Of course, the first meeting between D'Artagnan and Aramis, Porthos, and Athos has a somewhat unexpected ending. D'Artagnan offended all three earlier when running through the streets of Paris and has a duel scheduled with them later in the afternoon. Upon arriving for his duel he finally learns who he will be facing with sword in hand. The very same men he came to Paris to join up with.
Before the duel can get started, the Cardinal's guards show up and intend to place everyone under arrest for illegal dueling. D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers join forces and defeat the Cardinal's guards, and in turn form a strong bond that will last through many more adventures.
So, by now you may be asking yourself why is this guy talking about the Three Musketeers when he should be discussing the Dallas Cowboys...
Well, I think the entire scenario I just mentioned is almost identical to what is currently shaping up for the Cowboys. Also, remember the mantra used by the Musketeers, because it could be a really good one for the Dallas Cowboys to adopt.
Witten, Romo, and Bryant are all well respected players in the NFL and among the best at their individual positions, much like the Three Musketeers. They haven't really been muddling through their careers, but there has always seemed to be something keeping them from taking the next step as a threesome.
It took D'Artagnan to give the Musketeers purpose once again and I think that is exactly what running back Ezekiel Elliott can do for Witten, Romo, and Bryant.
I know what you're thinking. Thank goodness he finally got to the point! Right?
Sometimes the best thing to get things going again is an injection of some new blood, and I'm predicting that is exactly what Zeke Elliott will provide when the 2016 season finally gets underway.
It's no secret how much Elliott should help improve the overall offensive play, especially if both Tony Romo and Dez Bryant are able to come back 100% healthy and remain so for the entire season.
The blueprint that was so effective in 2014 should once again come into play in 2016 behind a strong running game led by Elliott.
It takes a team to win a championship, but with a strong foursome in Witten, Romo, Bryant, and Elliott, the Cowboys organization has a really good chance of making a deep playoff run and possibly a chance at the Super Bowl.
Now, the only thing left to do is come up with a really good nickname for the foursome, much like The Triplets back in the 1990s.
The Fearsome Foursome? The Fantastic 4? The 4 Horsemen?
We've received quite a few responses as to potential nicknames for the Cowboys Musketeers, so go to our Twitter poll and vote for your favorite!
What's a good nickname for the for the foursome of Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott?
Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin were able to lead their team to the promise land and it's time for things to come full circle for the Dallas Cowboys once again.
Use the comment section below to leave your suggestions of a good nickname for the Quartet of Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and Ezekiel Elliott.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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