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What Does Packers Game Mean for Dak Prescott, Tony Romo?

Jess Haynie



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If not for Trump and Hillary, "Tony Romo versus Dak Prescott" would be the hottest debate in America right now. It's become a headline topic on every national sports show.

While Cowboys remain very split on the question, more and more national personalities are throwing their vote to Prescott. Today on Fox NFL Sunday, all four of their analysts said Prescott should keep the job. Earlier this week, Cowboys legend Roger Staubach said he would stick with the rookie sensation.

 - Dak Prescott, #4That's right; Jimmy Johnson and Staubach are now behind Dak Prescott. They join Michael Irvin, who has been pushing for Prescott for almost two months.

No word yet on what Troy or Emmitt think.

Wherever you are now on "Prescott vs. Romo," the question today is just how much this afternoon's game can change your position. Dallas travels to meet the Green Bay Packers, with a 5-1 record just one win away.

Like those supporting their favorite political candidate, some will not be swayed by anything that happens against Green Bay. If Dak has a horrible game, his biggest fans will say that Tony Romo has had his own horrible games. If Prescott is brilliant, diehard Romo fans will argue that Tony could've been even more spectacular.

Like in politics, the impact of new events and evidence is all about what it does to the middle and the undecided. Some opinion won't change no matter what, so let's talk about the ones that will.

If Prescott has a great game and the Cowboys win, many will finally be ready to see him keep the job. Dak will have won a road game in Lambeau against Aaron Rodgers. As a rookie, he'll have led the team to 5-1; something Romo's only done twice in 10 seasons.

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If Dak has pedestrian numbers but Dallas still wins, it won't provide the same momentum. Some will argue that Romo could have given us a more convincing win, and would do better if we see the Packers again in the playoffs. There is a prevailing assumption that Romo brings "more explosiveness" to the offense.

If it's a bad day at the office for Prescott, we will likely see a strong surge in Romo support. The middle is easily swayed by recent events. With two weeks to get ready for Dallas' next opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles, even some of Dak's current fans will run back to Romo for the big division game.

At this point there's no irrefutable argument. Those who believe in Romo's big play potential can't deny he brings increased risk of turnovers. Those who like Dak's ball control and running ability can't hide from his lack of chemistry with Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, and how that's hurt Dallas in the redzone.

With the team at 5-1, or even 4-2, it will be hard to take issue with Dak's results. The question really comes more to issues such as loyalty, long-term vs. short-term goals, and how much you think with your heart over your head.

Today's game will not change things for many fans in the Prescott-Romo debate. However, for a very large group who can still be affected, it is a huge day for the rookie under center and the veteran on the sideline.

Are Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett among those who can still swayed? We're about to find out.

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Place 2nd Round RFA Tender on DL David Irving

Jess Haynie



David Irving

One of the more anticipated Cowboys free agency moves has finally happened. Defensive lineman David Irving has been given the 2nd-round Restricted Free Agent tender, which would result in a $2.91 million contract for 2018.

David Moore on Twitter

Source: the Cowboys have used a 2nd round tender on DT David Irving. The cost is $2.91 million.

If another team offers Irving a contract, that would have to send their 2018 second-round draft pick to the Cowboys.

There was no doubt that Dallas would extend an RFA tender to Irving, one of the bright young stars on their defense. The question was at what amount; they could have gone with the $4.1 million tender which raises the compensation to a first-round draft pick.

With a difference of only about $1 million, some might argue that the Cowboys went lower to entice other teams to try to sign Irving. Perhaps they don't foresee giving him a big long-term deal next year, so want to get something for him now.

It's a logical argument, and one that means there may be more to this story before the offseason ends. For now, though, David Irving's closer to remaining a Cowboy than he was yesterday.

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REPORT: Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Has Requested Release

Jess Haynie



Is Orlando Scandrick In The Cowboys' 2017 Plans?

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report from ESPN's Todd Archer. The veteran has been with the team since 2008, when he was drafted in the fifth round.

Archer's report can be found here:

Todd Archer on Twitter

Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has requested his release from the team, according to a source. Scandrick hopes to get into the free-agent market when it opens Wednesday. Cowboys seem to have moved on at corner with Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis,...

The end of Scandrick's run in Dallas comes as no surprise. He had fallen behind the youth movement at cornerback with Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown all arriving in the last two seasons. Now with talk that Byron Jones may move back to CB, there's just not place for Orlando.

Unfortunately for the Cowboys, releasing Scandrick doesn't provide any great salary cap relief.

If Dallas cuts Scandrick outright, they will get back about $1.4 million from his $5.3-million cap hit in 2018. If they make him a June-1st cut, the cap relief increases to $3 million and pushes $1.6 million of dead money into 2019.

If not for all their younger options, the Cowboys might have elected to stick with Orlando for one more season. But given what they already have at corner, Dallas was likely planning to release him even before this request.

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