OTA’s are well underway and you start to wonder what will be made of the big headlines. From Miles Austin to Gerald Sensabaugh to Dez Bryant, there are still many questions. Yet, somehow, we still feel confident enough to label this Cowboys team as “Super.” Is that right? Can we deem them so successful when there is so much haze?
Well fear no more… I am here to help you understand some of the questions you’ve asked and some that you want to ask.
Ed Folker asked “Will The Cowboys Trade for or Make a Deal for a Seasoned Safety?? Pref. The guy from The Rams!”
Ed, that’s a good question and a popular one at that. It is very unlikely that the Cowboys even consider this option. Alan Ball and Mike Hamlin have shown good potential and have grown considerable as professionals. On the other side, if Sensabaugh decides to do something shocking, I still like what Akwasi brings. Though they are all raw, it’s better then spending a large sum of money on a new contract for someone like Otagwe.
Now, my opinion isn’t law or concrete. There are some smaller name safeties out there that the cowboys could look at. I also like Barry Church the undrafted rookie.
I think Jerry is looking in house though.
Brent Cochran -- “If Wade doesn't make the playoffs will JJ give him the AX!?”
I personally don’t think so. Mostly because next year is so uncertain, the coaching search would be very difficult. However, many refer to Jason Garrett as the coach of the future, and he very well could be. If Wade has a horrible season and by horrible I mean less then .500, than Jerry will consider the “Axe” but like I said this is the class of the NFC East, if they go worse than .500 then there are bigger problems.
Chris Synnott -- “Will the cowboys put dez in the slot because I think it would create tough match up problems for defenses? “
Although I see where you’re seeing the mismatches, I believe Dez Bryant offers something even better. Dez Bryant is surely a number 2 potential receiver TODAY and a number 1 in a few years. This means that you can move Roy to 1 Dez to 2 and put Miles in the slot at times to create some very big mismatches.
Don’t confuse what I’m saying though; Miles is the number 1 receiver. I am merely talking about shotgun and singleback sets where a slot receiver is used. This would make things pretty interesting.
DCN—What will the Cowboys Do about Sensabaugh and Austin?
Expect Sensabaugh to get a deal first, I don’t say that because he deserves on but because he is the most willing to test free agency. However, because of Sensabaughs eagerness he wont get the deal he probably deserves. His pay will define mediocrity but will be more then the 1 year deal he doesn’t want.
On the other hand, Austin, if he can remain humble and patient, will receive a 5-7 year deal from the well paying Dallas Cowboys. All he needs to do is have 2 solid games. Im not talking 150 yard games, I’m talking maybe 70-100 yards with 1+ Td’s. Not very hard, by week 7 Austin is locked up.
DCN—When will Dez supplant Roy?
Don’t get too excited, Roy will be number 2 at the beginning of the season. If he can prove that he’s ready to finally play, then he’ll stay there. Now Jerry didn’t move up for no reason so expect Dez to get his share, if he performs well, you’ll see Roy see decreased snaps.
DCN—How will the Cowboys do this year?
In the next week ill do a season prediction (last year I was only off 1 game, so I pretty much rock) but believe me when I say the Cowboys will win the NFC East this year.
DCN—Can we expect a Super Bowl?
I don’t think we can expect anything. Expect them to contend, ill let you know when I feel that they are “Super” quality though.
Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys
It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.
WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys
This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.
While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.
What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?
Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?
Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?
Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?
All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.
Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.
Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.
What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?
What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position
UPDATE: News of Hurns saying he will sign with the Cowboys broke as this article went live.
Free Agency began a bit late for the Dallas Cowboys, but they've already done enough to get fans discussing about the latest additions to the roster. Adding help on offense, defense and special teams in form of tier-2 free agents may not be what Cowboys Nation wants to see, but I'm certain they wouldn't have enjoyed giving Sammy Watkins a three-year $48M contract, either.
However, the Cowboys are clearly in the wide receiver market after an offensively disappointing season. They have quite a few of this year's class of wide receivers prospects scheduled to visit Dallas, and they've hosted some WR free agents as well.
This week, they even signed one.
Deonte Thompson, who started seven games for the Bills last year, is coming to Dallas on a one-year $2.5M contract. The 29-year old could be the burner receiver this offense is missing and could end up being an improved version of Brice Butler for the Cowboys in 2018.
He hasn't had a great career but last season was his best year so far. Starting three games for the Bears and seven for the Bills, Thompson was able to rack up a career-high 555 yards and two touchdowns.
His best attribute as a player is definitely the speed he brings to the table and his ability to separate down the field, which he'll be looking to do on Dak Prescott's offense this season.
But there was another wide receiver visiting Dallas this week and now we wonder whether or not the Deonte Thompson signing will keep the Cowboys from targeting former Jaguars' WR Allen Hurns.
According to Todd Archer, that won't be the case.
Told the signing of Deonte Thompson does not close the door on the Cowboys' interest in Allen Hurns, who visited the team Wednesday and had dinner. Things could get interesting in the Cowboys' wide receivers' room. https://t.co/Ivt5uk9kBN
It shouldn't be. First of all, Hurns is a much better player than Thompson and would provide this offense with a receiver who can play in the "X" or in the "Z" role. We've been talking about getting Prescott a reliable target to try to give him a "best friend." Allen Hurns could be just that.
Sure, he's had a couple of down seasons, but the talent is there to take.
Simply put, the Deonte Thompson signing shouldn't stop the Cowboys from looking at WR in the first round of the NFL Draft. Allen Hurns would.
It sure would make things interesting in the wide receiver room for Dallas. Despite what many believe, Dez Bryant will probably remain a Cowboy even if Hurns is signed. Let's say the Cowboys go out there and get the 26-year old from Jacksonville and have to decide which six receivers to keep for the season.
They'd possibly have to decide among these:
- Dez Bryant
- Terrrance Williams
- Cole Beasley
- Ryan Switzer
- Allen Hurns
- Deonte Thompson
- Noah Brown
- A drafted rookie?
This is where a lot of dilemmas start taking form. Cole Beasley and Ryan Switzer are basically the same player and if you're not going to use them both at the same time, do you keep them anyway? What about Terrance Williams? He could be the worst receiver to make the cut just because of his contract.
Noah Brown showed promise in 2017, are they ready to move on from him? And finally, a rookie could very well end up beating Deonte Thompson, who was guaranteed a million in his contract.
Wide receiver is indeed one of the top needs for the Dallas Cowboys. They could head to the 2018 NFL Draft needing one in the top rounds or they could be fine signing Hurns and taking a late-rounder receiver to compete in training camp for a spot on the roster.
As long as they're having a tough time deciding because they are all good, it should be fine.
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
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