The United States of America was brought to a state of mourning after multiple tragic deaths and shootings over the course of the last week. While these horrific events are certainly depressing and debilitating, it is during these times of struggle that the innate goodness of some people usually shines through.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten are auctioning off a night on the town with them as well as autographed memorabilia to help raise money in support of the families of the five slain Dallas police officers. Cowboys offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Zack Martin also helped with the fundraising, offering a chance to attend a Texas Rangers game in an exclusive suite with the duo to the highest bidder.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports recently reported that this charity sports auction has already raised $280,000 so far. The end goal of the auction was to reach over $300,000, so they seem to be well on their way to completing that goal.
The charity sports auction (Romo, Witten, etc) to benefit families of the fallen officers in Dallas has raised $280K thus far. Nice work!
Tony Romo had a special connection with one of the five fallen officers. Patrick Zamarripa, a veteran and respected police officer in the Dallas-FT. Worth area, served three tours in Iraq and spent eight years of active duty as apart of the Navy. He was just 32 years old and was the father of two young children. Based off of his Twitter page and recent discussions, Zamarripa was clearly a super fan of all sports, but especially of his Dallas Cowboys.
Zamarripa is pictured below with Romo, Jason Witten, Michael Irvin, and his partner. According to Ben Rogers of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Witten hooked Zamarripa and his partner up with tickets to a home game in 2015 after being touched by stories of his bravery and courage.
It is always great to see communities come together in response to tragic events such as this. So while there has been a ton of heartbreak in the news of the real world these past couple weeks, guys like Tony Romo and Jason Witten make us proud to be Cowboys fans.
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.
REPORT: Police Detain Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford After Bar Fight
According to TMZ, Tyrone Crawford was involved in a brawl at a bar in Panama City, FL last Friday night. The Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman and team captain was detained by police but apparently was not arrested.
The level of Crawford's involvement has not been substantiated, but TMZ's report does have him shoving police officers at some point in the action. The incident was reportedly captured by surveillance equipment at the bar.
Given that he was not arrested, one could assume that Tyrone was not one of the primary players in the melee. But that doesn't mean the NFL won't still review this matter as it relates to the personal conduct policy, and Cowboys fans know too well how "fair" that process can be.
This is certainly not a story you'd expect to see attached to Tyrone Crawford, who has been a model citizen and leader since entering the league in 2012.
Dallas elected to keep Crawford this season despite solid potential savings. He will count $10.1 million against their 2019 salary cap, which is high for his average production. However, he can play multiple positions and is one of their most experienced players.
Even if Tyrone were to get suspended by the league, it likely wouldn't be more than a one or two-game ban given his record and reputation. It shouldn't change anything about his status with the team.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Eric Berry Tuesday
According to Ian Rapoport, the Dallas Cowboys have a meeting scheduled to visit with Free Agent Safety Eric Berry Tuesday at The Star.
Source: Former #Chiefs S and new free agent Eric Berry is visiting the #Cowboys on Tuesday. His first visit. They have a need there...
Eric Berry has spent his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs after they drafted him fifth overall in the 2010 NFL Draft. After signing Earl Thomas last week, the Chiefs decided to part ways with their former All-Pro Safety.
Berry, 30 is an intriguing free agent for the Dallas Cowboys. When healthy, he is arguably one of the best safeties in the league. Unfortunately, injuries have kept him off the field these last few seasons causing him to only start in only three games since 2016.
This is a move many of us expected to happen after the Cowboys decided not to get into a bidding war for Earl Thomas, a player linked to Dallas for over a year now. In Berry, Cowboys Nation would be getting a similar player with the same kind of red flags. Both Thomas and Berry have to be approached with caution due to their injury history the past few years.
Depending on his asking price, Eric Berry absolutely makes sense for the Dallas Cowboys. He would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath and would pair well with the Cowboys up-and-coming three-year safety Xavier Woods.
This is still just a visit, so we should probably get our hopes up that a signing is imminent. But, I think we can all agree Eric Berry is exactly the "right kind of guy" Jason Garrett is always preaching about. He's a cancer survivor, five-time Pro Bowler, and All-Pro player. What's not to like!?
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