Well, Cowboys Nation, It’s been a wild ride. A ride with optimism, heartbreak and even some breathtaking moments. A ride that had -- at times -- divided the fan base. A ride that we’ll always regret having overlooked... 78 wins, 34,154 yards, and 247 touchdowns later, here we are. The Tony Romo Era has ended.
No matter where you stand on the issue, there is no denying Tony Romo deserves to be mentioned among the best Cowboys of all time. Aside from his legendary statistics and his franchise records, Romo was a cerebral leader who always gave the team an opportunity to win.
Now, as we usher in the Dak Prescott era officially, it’s bittersweet to watch Romo put his all out there for his team one more time. To swallow his pride, his legacy, and humbly take a step back for the future of the franchise to shine.
Love him or hate him, that has always been Tony.
The reality is that at this given moment, Romo might be the best quarterback on the roster. Hell, I’d be hard-pressed to give you seven quarterbacks better than Romo in the league right now. Yet, all things considered, Dak has the chemistry with the team and the hot-hand right now (you can’t overlook eight wins), and, in his last selfless moment, Romo put the team first and rightly gave his support to the future regime.
What we saw from Tony Romo yesterday was something we don’t get to view often -- class.
This league has been tainted with bad attitudes and selfish role models chasing personal fame or paychecks. Romo has personally faced countless critics and a thankless fan base; but despite all that, he remains that guy we can point out to our kids as a true role model. He never got caught up in his contract, never got caught in Vegas on a binge. Outside of a few games of golf, he came to work every day and got better.
Next year, Tony Romo will likely be with another team. He may be wearing orange and blue along with DeMarcus Ware. While it may seem like the automatic reaction to root against him, remember all he’s done here, remember what he’s meant for the franchise these last 10 years, remember what he’s meant for your fandom -- because it’s more than winning or losing.
Tony Romo will always embody what being a Dallas Cowboys is. He’s a winner -- both on the field and off of it -- and when all is said and done, he deserves to be in the Ring Of Honor because of it.
That’s my quarterback…
** Editor's Note: This article was written by a Guest Contributor and special friend to Inside The Star, a man who dedicated years to making this site and @CowboysNation what it is today. Thanks, Bo, for stopping by.
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.
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.
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