The Dallas Cowboys have been successful so far about filling holes in their roster through free agency using the smart approach of letting the market settle down and finding some team friendly bargains in the process.
This strategy has allowed them to approach the draft without any glaring needs, which should allow them to select the best player available, regardless of position.
One area of concern for the Cowboys that they haven't been able to address thus far through free agency is the backup quarterback position, although they tried.
They showed interest in veteran quarterback Matt Moore, and even went as far as bringing him in for a visit. Moore ultimately decided to return to the Miami Dolphins, leaving the Cowboys with one less option to add competition to the position.
As things stand now, it looks as if another Moore will be backing up Tony Romo in 2016, Kellen Moore, who performed admirably when given the chance last season.
Although the coaching staff may feel somewhat comfortable with Kellen Moore as their #2 QB, I still believe that they will turn over every rock to ensure that they have the right person to fill the void if Romo goes down with an injury once again.
There is, however, one free agent quarterback still available that Jerry Jones has been infatuated with over the past several years, and I believe that at some point in the near future this player could be wearing a star on his helmet.
Jerry Jones has had a man-crush on Johnny Manziel since he declared for the draft back in 2014, and the inevitable union between the two could be just around the corner.
It's no secret that Jones nearly drafted Manziel in the 2014 NFL Draft. He has even admitted that he had Manziel's name written down on the draft card ready to be turned in before he was talked down and convinced that they should select Zack Martin instead.
I think we can all agree that the Cowboys dodged a bullet there, considering how Martin has performed thus far in his NFL career and how Manziel has done just about everything in his power to force his way out of Cleveland.
Unfortunately for Manziel, it's those shenanigans that have caused practically zero interest for his services from teams around the NFL.
That says something, considering Jerry Jones has publicly voiced his belief that Manziel has a fascinating skill set that should allow him to become successful at the NFL level. Once Cleveland finally decided to move on from him, many people believed that he was destined to become a Dallas Cowboy, but that hasn't happened as of yet.
I truly believe that the best destination for Johnny Manziel to end up could possibly be the Dallas Cowboys and I'll tell you why.
I know what you are probably thinking. Manziel in Dallas would be a complete disaster if you take into account his partying lifestyle and mix in the Dallas nightlife, but I think the Cowboys can provide a structure to help him get his life/career back on track.
In the past, the Cowboys have dealt with player's off-field troubles by having them work with adviser David Wells. Wells has been assisting players since 1995 and has worked with several Cowboys players, such as Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, guard Nate Newton, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, defensive tackle Josh Brent, and wide receiver Dez Bryant.
Both Brent and Bryant even moved into Wells' home in DeSoto, Texas while they were being mentored under his watchful eye.
Wells is known as a crisis management expert and takes a hands-on approach with the players, leading them in the right direction. He doesn't have an official role with the Cowboys organization so he is usually hired on as a contractor.
Under Wells' mentorship, Johnny Manziel could get his life headed in the right direction and repair a public image that has been damaged by his partying lifestyle.
The issues keeping Manziel out of the NFL at this point in his career have nothing to do with his talent; it's the human element of his current lifestyle that is turning teams off. If he could possibly show the Cowboys that there is some semblance of turning his life around, Jerry Jones would sign him in a heartbeat.
No really knows what the future holds for Johnny Manziel, but you can rest assured that Jerry Jones will be keeping a close eye on the young man. That's why I believe a union between the Dallas Cowboys and Manziel is inevitable.
Terrance Williams Contract Creates 2018 Job Security
There's been a lot of talk about what the Dallas Cowboys will do at the receiver position this offseason. While there's a great divide on what the team should do with Dez Bryant, there's a fairly unanimous opinion that Dallas should find an upgrade over Terrance Williams. No matter where he ends up on the depth chart, though, Williams' contract should keep him on the roster in 2018.
Last offseason, Terrance signed a four-year, $17 million deal to stay in Dallas. Because we are now just in the second year of that deal, it is cost prohibitive against the salary cap to release or trade him.
Williams is scheduled to count $4.75 million against the 2018 cap. If Dallas were to cut him, it would accelerate his remaining guaranteed money and create $7.25 million in dead money this year. He would cost more against the cap off the roster than on it.
Even the June-1st provision doesn't help. Williams' dead money in 2018 drops to $4.75 million, which is a net zero against his existing cap hit. It would also push $2.5 million of dead money to 2019. There's no benefit there, and you lose an experienced player who knows your system.
If the Cowboys do like their WR depth enough to want to move on from Terrance, one option is to try to trade him. A trade would lower the cap penalty to $3.75 million and save $1 million. If he's traded after June 1st, it would save $3.5 million against this year's cap.
Of course, it takes two to tango in this scenario. Williams hasn't scored a touchdown since 2016 and has never proven he can take on a significant role in an offense. He was serviceable when Dez Bryant and Jason Witten commanded more attention, but he's a low-end WR2 at best and many teams likely wouldn't want him in their top 2-3 receivers.
Perhaps something could happen during training camps or preseason, when injuries may make other teams desperate. Then again, something could happen in Dallas that makes them less willing to part with Terrance.
As it stands, it seems unlikely that Terrance Williams won't be a Cowboy in 2018. And really, that's not bad thing.
Even if he gets pushed down the depth chart, Terrance would be a good insurance policy against injuries or any other issues that could happen between now and September. $4.75 million is more than you'd like to pay your fourth WR but it's a one-year problem.
If the Cowboys do add more WR talent this offseason, there is a trickle-down effect that strengthens the entire club. Williams, with his experience, is an upgrade over Brice Butler as the fourth receiver.
Therefore, unless circumstances both here and elsewhere allow Dallas to find a trade partner, Terrance Williams should be back next year.
Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders
Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.
Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.
To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.
In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.
Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.
Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.
Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.
Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
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