Yesterday, the team unveiled their shiny new headquarters, and it was as breathtaking as expected. Thanks to many members of the media being brought inside for the first time, we all were welcomed inside The Star on Twitter.
Now, here on InsideTheStar.com, let's take a look at the best tweets from inside The Star. Stars! ✭ ✭ ✭
Cowboys Honoring a Rich History
One of the best parts about the Cowboys' new facility is that it encapsulates the team's winning history, while serving as the active place for the 2016 team - and every team in the future - to focus on writing their own history.
Here is a look at some of the best historical tributes seen throughout The Star.
One of Tom Landry's hats on display
More scenes from The Star
Roger Staubach etched & signed. Hail Mary #CowboysNation @1053thefan https://t.co/p5DWioYED0
Of course, the Dallas Cowboys' history wouldn't be the same without five shiny Lombardi trophies, prominently making the trip from Valley Ranch to The Star.
Cowboys' #SuperBowl trophies on display at #TheStar.
A Modern Touch at The Star
While Cowboys' players, coaches, employees, and media members will undoubtedly enjoy seeing these historic reminders placed throughout the building, they will also enjoy all of the state of the art technology that goes with a Jerry Jones' funded project.
Underwater treadmill for rehab lowers to 6 ft with cameras under water @dallascowboys #TheStar #Frisco https://t.co/tI43ogT1Bj
Star on the ceiling of the locker room
Rod Marinelli entered the hallway at the perfect time to help me showcase how enormous this mural of Jason Witten is
Team's new weight room
The Dallas Cowboys are America's Team for a reason, and part of that reason is that they can justify using this living, breathing monument to the game of football itself - as written by them - as their home to work out and do everything else that 31 other teams do daily, but with far less style.
Dallas Cowboys Football - Coming Together for 2016
That said, with the Dallas Cowboys preparing for two more preseason games, and continuing training camp within The Star, there will be little time to sit back and reflect on the scope of what this facility could someday mean to the world of football.
Jason Garrett, as usual, is keeping his team focused - as they understand that the only way to truly break in a new home is to bring in a new Super Bowl trophy for The Star to display after Super Bowl LI.
Garrett: "We're in training camp mode...This is an incredible environment for us to work in...We gotta get better.
Orlando Scandrick perfectly sums up opening the new $1.5 billion Star complex. #Cowboys https://t.co/2aU1kmeCZP
Getting better a day at a time, exciting football things already took place for the Cowboys on their first day in The Star. Experienced veteran QB Tony Romo and rookie sensation RB Ezekiel Elliott were both back to work, as Dallas plays in Seattle for their "dress rehearsal" in just three days.
Ezekiel Elliott lined up next to Tony Romo in the gun
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The Cowboys' move into The Star is just another exciting checkpoint crossed on their journey towards an unforgettable 2016 campaign. Inside The Star will continue to have you covered through the preseason and beyond, with all the analysis, news, fantasy advice, and updates that you need to stay connected to America's Team.
For now, comment below with your thoughts on the Cowboys' new home!
Cowboys en Español: El Futuro Incierto de David Irving
En una agencia libre muy callada de parte de los Dallas Cowboys, como es costumbre, lo más interesante hasta ahora se revuelve alrededor de un talento increíble en la línea defensiva: David Irving. El joven de la línea defensiva de Dallas recibió un tender de segunda ronda (con un costo de casi tres millones de dólares) de parte de los Cowboys, lo cual significa que vestirá la Estrella Solitaria un año más... ¿o no?
No, no es tan sencillo.
A diferencia de la etiqueta franquicia que recibió DeMarcus Lawrence hace unas semanas, un tender permite a un jugador recibir ofertas de otros equipos. Si Irving llega a recibir una oferta externa, sin embargo, los Cowboys tienen la oportunidad de igualarla.
Pero no sólo eso, sino que si no quieren igualar la oferta, pueden dejar ir al jugador y en cambio, el otro equipo tiene que compensar a los Cowboys con una selección de segunda ronda. Así como el tender de segunda ronda que se le otorgó a David Irving, hay tender de primera ronda o tender de "selección original."
Sin embargo, Irving no fue seleccionado en el NFL Draft, así que esta última opción hubiera tenido poco sentido.
Ahora, pensando en el 2018 y una temporada ya incierta, nos sentamos preguntando: ¿No valía la pena cubrir a Irving con un tender de primera ronda? Al final de cuentas, sólo hay aproximadamente un millón de diferencia entre ambos. Irving es un jugador lleno de talento, y podría llegar a estar entre los mejores en su posición próximamente.
Sin embargo, si somos honestos, es una buena decisión de la administración. Irving ha tenido sus cuantos problemas y quizá este tender ayude a definir su valor en el mercado. Si ningún equipo alrededor de la liga se atreve a ofrecerle un contrato, los Cowboys mejoran su posición en las negociaciones y quien sabe, quizá consigan un acuerdo más amigable para el equipo.
Además, si un equipo decide llevárselo... ¿qué tan malo sería?
Con el pick #19 en la primera ronda del Draft de la NFL, no están en una posición muy cómoda. Como bien algún jugador talentoso como el DT Vita Vea o el WR Calvin Ridley pueden caer a las manos de Stephen Jones, Will McClay y compañía, bien puede estar vacía la tabla.
Con jugadores como el S de Florida State Derwin James o el LB de Georgia Roquan Smith, deberían considerar realizar un trade para subir algunas selecciones y llevarse a uno de estos talentos que no estarán disponibles en el #19.
Con las selecciones globales 19, 50 y una segunda ronda extra que conseguirían por Irving, es fácil visualizar a este equipo dispuesto a hacer un movimiento así el día del Draft.
A pesar de una mala temporada en el 2017, los Dallas Cowboys son un equipo que están cerca de ser contendientes.
Cowboys Free Agency: FB Keith Smith Signing with Raiders
The Cowboys have lost an important role player from the offense as fullback Keith Smith is reportedly signing with the Oakland Raiders.
The #Raiders and FB Keith Smith have agreed to terms on a 2-year worth $4.2million, source said.
Smith, who has been with Dallas for four seasons, was the team's fullback the last two seasons. He started as a linebacker after going undrafted in 2014.
Whether on offense or defense, Keith has been a regular part of the special teams units. The Cowboys' previous special teams coach, Rich Bisaccia, just left this offseason to join the coaching staff in Oakland. That is a likely cause for Smith heading to the Raiders.
Dallas elected not to give Smith a restricted free agent tender, which made sense given his position. Even the lowest tender of $1.9 million would have been too rich for a part-time player.
Even with Keith gone, Dallas may not need to sign a new fullback. Backup RB Rod Smith has experience in that role. They could also use tight ends James Hanna or Geoff Swaim.
Fullback is obviously not the position it used to be in the days of Daryl Johnston, but there are still times you need that lead blocker out of the backfield. Given their reliance on the run game and the success that Ezekiel Elliott had with Keith Smith, Dallas will have to find a solid replacement plan.
Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?
It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.
I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:
- The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
- The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.
There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.
It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.
In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!
There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.
I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.
I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.
It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.
There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.
Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?
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