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How Tony Romo Helped Jason Witten Stay Focused Under New QB in 2016

Sean Martin



How Tony Romo Helped Jason Witten Stay Focused With New QB in 2016

Tony Romo to Jason Witten. You shouldn't be able to read this without smiling and thinking of so many fond memories.

After breaking into the NFL together back in 2003, the two became an unforgettable combo for 649 receptions and 37 touchdowns all with America's Team. Witten has been the unrivaled professional in his worth ethic - one that will land him in Canton someday - for 15 years with the Cowboys, still going strong after being so influential to Romo's development, along with that of Dak Prescott's.

The Cowboys' 2016 season was a lot of things, but great for relationships that Tony Romo had formed is not one of them. Rookie sensation Dak Prescott took over the team and carried them to 13 wins, of course leading to Romo's offseason retirement and transition into broadcasting.

In his final season with the Cowboys, Romo reportedly told Jason Witten to not, "allow my situation to get in the way of what was happening to this football team". Jason's reaction to this was to continue competing at the highest level, but he admitted to thinking about what Romo's retirement meant for his own future.

Jason Witten, Tony Romo Take Their Bromance Public

The future couldn't be brighter for the Dallas Cowboys as a team right now, as they chase a ring with Jason Witten still firmly atop the depth chart at tight end. It also appears that, thanks to some admirable professionalism from Tony Romo as well, this amazing relationship between QB and TE has a bright future in a different light now.

Each and every offseason, Cowboys Nation essentially holds their breath awaiting the potential news of a Jason Witten retirement. This retirement has come first for the quarterback he owes his successes to, leaving #82 more motivated to ever to finish what him and Tony started.

Tony Romo on Twitter

@JasonWitten You made football a lot easier for me because of your greatness...but you also made my life better by being in it. Gonna miss u the most 82

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

1 Comment
  • Travis Diggs

    Aye Sean, when are you gonna stop with the Romo articles. He’s gone, its time to get over him already. I hate to be a debbie downer but this article is a little sad. Your telling me Jason Witten needed Romo to keep him focused while Dak took over. Are you kidding me lol??? Were these two teammates, lovers, or both. So while the rest of the team embraced Dak with open arms and rode the wave, the veteran needed a shoulder to lean on because his QB wasnt out there…gimme a freaking break SMFH!!

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

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Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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