There was a point in my life where Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" played on my iPhone 30 times a day. I've moved on since then and am proud to say that I only rock out to it 16 times per 24 hours now, thank you very much.
The Dallas Cowboys just moved into The Star, but they didn't unpack a whole lot because they're Oxnard bound in just a few short days! While they get packed up they need to take a page out of my book and listen to "Call Me Maybe" and take the words pretty seriously.
How's that, you ask? It's no secret that in the NFL injuries happen. We saw that Junior Galette tear his ACL on Monday, and the nature of the business is that he won't be the last this Training Camp season across the league.
Even if, God willing, the Cowboys make it through the dog days of summer unscathed, they're pretty limited in certain areas of their team (cough defensive line, cough middle linebacker, cough backup quarterback). It makes sense for them to have some high-quality Veteran Free Agent phone numbers on speed dial.
Word has trickled out through the Twitterverse that the Cowboys have no interest in the spin move master... that doesn't mean that they shouldn't be ready to have interest. Freeney, 36, was able to piece together eight sacks in 11 games for the Cardinals last season. I'm not sure if you heard, but the current Cowboys pass rush is
really bad in need of help. He has some serious versatility as he can play both Defensive End and Outside Linebacker, plus he's a very strong leader of men.
Dwight Freeney is number one on ever Dallas Cowboys fan's wish list, so he needed to make this list. Just as much we all need to make our peace with the notion that it's unlikely. Sad face.
Similar to Dwight Freeney, Mike Neal is a versatile defensive player who can primarily be categorized not as a linebacker or defensive end, but just as someone who will get after the quarterback.
Neal hasn't missed a game in the last three seasons while playing all over... DE, LOLB, and ROLB. In that stretch of time he has 13.5 sacks which is about 392,021 more than the 2016 Cowboys Rushmen.
Considering the suspensions to Randy Gregory, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Rolando McClain to start the season, the Cowboys are in need of someone who can play some end and linebacker. Here are two guys. You're welcome, Cowboys.
A precarious point of depth on the 2016 Dallas Cowboys lies in the secondary. Sophomore standout Byron Jones and the returning Orlando Scandrick lead the hype while 2012 stars Morris Claiborne (re-signed to a one-year deal) and Brandon Carr (who took a pay cut) are still there hanging out. Don't forget JJ Wilcox out there thinking flat lines are filled with angles.
Whether due to an unforeseen injury or the realization that what they have isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread, in the heat of Oxnard the Cowboys may remember a March visit that they had with Leon Hall. The former Bengal has experience playing all over the secondary and has hauled in 26 interceptions since entering the league in 2007. Just to put that in perspective consider that Claiborne, Carr, Scandrick, and Byron all have a combined 16 in their Cowboys careers. Yea... yuck.
"Kuuuuuuuuuuuhn!" You can hear it echoing in AT&T Stadium, can't you?
I know, I know. We're talking about a Fullback here. Just relax, ok?
The Cowboys are currently exploring what a Smith (Rod or Keith) can bring to the primary blocker for Ezekiel Elliott. Coach Garrett tends to like a Fullback on his roster, and one of the best in the business over the last few years is out there looking for work.
John Kuhn is the classic Jason Garrett guy. He works hard, flies under the radar in his own way, and he's an overall great dude. He's the exact kind of veteran leader you want your rookie Running Back learning from. In the event that a Smith doesn't work out and the Cowboys work out the roster math at tight end, Kuhn could be a Cowboy.
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.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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