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What if Dak Prescott isn’t Dallas’ Franchise QB?

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What if Dak Prescott isn't Dallas' Franchise QB?

Depending on who you talk to, Dak Prescott is a bit of an enigma right now as a professional quarterback in the NFL. Some people believe he is already the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB, while others still need to see more from him before he gets anointed with that title. It's a debate right now with no clear answer, which is why Year 3 will be a big season one way or another for the young QB.

I don't know where you personally stand on this topic, but I think I'm a little on the fence. I like Dak Prescott, but I would like to see more consistency from him than I've seen so far. As a rookie he was simply fantastic, but last season he seemed to take a step back. That may not be entirely his fault, but before I anoint him as Dallas' franchise QB, I would like to see someone who can carry this team when the chips are down.

With all of this rolling around in my mind, I started wondering what would happen if Dak Prescott isn't the Dallas Cowboys franchise QB? What would that mean for the Cowboys moving forward and what would be the ramifications in the short term?

Obviously, nothing good would come if Dak Prescott isn't the real deal. But, let's dive into this little deeper. Below are a few of the short-term ramifications I think would happen if Prescott falters this season.

Jason Garrett Gets Fired

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett

I think the first thing that would happen if Dak Prescott fails to become the Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback is Jason Garrett would likely be fired as the head coach. We all know that Garrett is walking on thin ice right now with the Cowboys, so how the team performs in 2018 probably correlates with his job security.

Garrett went all in with Prescott in 2016. At first he didn't have much of a choice because his options were limited when Tony Romo was hurt in preseason and again when Kellen Moore sustained his untimely injury. But, he decided to stick with the rookie all season, even when Romo returned. You can't really fault him for that decision, but it definitely impacted the future of the organization.

I think as Prescott's 2018 season goes, so does Garrett's. Garrett's head-coaching job may not entirely depend on Prescott's success this season, but it could have a huge impact on whether or not his coaching career continues in Dallas.

New QB Search Begins

Will McClay, Jerry Jones

Will McClay & Jerry Jones

Again, if Dak Prescott proves to not be the long-term franchise QB, the Dallas Cowboys once again have to try and find someone who is. We all know how long it took them to replace Troy Aikman, and I doubt any of us want to live through that nightmare again.

Unfortunately, it's hard to believe that either Cooper Rush or Mike White are the long-term answer right now. Neither have really proven anything in the NFL and no one is really for sure if they can even be successful as Prescott's backup this season. There is more questions surrounding them then No. 4.

To makes matters worse, there aren't a lot of veteran QBs around the league they can snatch up. Even if there were, that would likely be a short-term solution. The best way to find a franchise QB is to draft one. But, the Cowboys aren't likely going to have a draft pick high enough to select one of the top QB prospects. That means they would have to move up in the draft, which would require a lot of draft equity. Even then, nothing is guaranteed.

Cowboys Take Giant Step Back as a Franchise

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones

Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

If Dak Prescott is indeed a bust, this would severely set back the Dallas Cowboys as a team and franchise. This may be a young team, but they are built to win a championship relatively soon. They have all of the pieces to do so, if Prescott is the real deal.

They have one of the best offensive lines and running backs in the league, but without a quarterback to operate the offense, it means diddley squat. That's why the quarterback position is arguably the most important one in the NFL. It's why they are drafted so highly and paid an extraordinary amount of money.

This would really set the coaching staff back as well. Like I mentioned earlier, Jason Garrett and his coaching staff would likely be looking for another job, which means an almost entirely new set of coaches would be coming in. Unfortunately, new coaches rarely succeed right away in the NFL. It takes them a few years to not only put their system in place, but to get their players to buy into it as well.

Let me hear what you think. Do you believe Dak Prescott is a franchise QB?



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  1. Travis Diggs

    July 6, 2018 at 8:46 am

    “What if, What if”??, Last time i checked Tony Romo was a franchise qb, and how far did that get us(Just ONE playoff win in 12 seasons) Enough Said!!

    • TreFKennedy88

      July 6, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      When Romo was carrying this team until his body literally gave out on him, and he won 2 playoff games

      • Travis Diggs

        July 6, 2018 at 5:25 pm

        I apologize, TWO playoff wins for the “franchise qb” I forgot about the Lions game the referees gave us

  2. Andrew Forh

    July 6, 2018 at 10:33 am

    On the fence?!? Such a prisoner of the moment. I didn’t hear this coming from philly fans after Carson Wentz extremely mediocre 1st season or even from LA fans with Goff and those guys are 1st rd picks. Truth is, there isn’t a fence. You just don’t want Dak to be the cowboys QB. This guy use words such as a bust?!? How can a 4th rd pick, last QB of his draft class selected, on a rookie contract, that we used a comp draft pick on be a bust?!? He literally can’t, stop it man. Also I’m tired of this he took a step back nonsense. He (and the entire offense) struggled towards the end of the season last year true but I wouldn’t call 2017 a washed season. He actually got better after playing the QB position pre and post snap. He called all the adjustments and set pass protection things he didn’t do in year 1 as a rookie. He’s progressing and that’s all you can ask for from a young passer. Honestly guys the organization has already committed to Prescott, baring some horrific injury he’s getting his extension regardless if the team goes 7-9, 8-8 or 12-4.. accept it and move on people or go jump on Houston bandwagon.

    • Joe Conti

      July 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Exactly noone mentions they had prescott calling all the protections and audibles like Tony was doing in year 10. What ppl also fail to recognize is most rookies do yhis in their rookie year not their second year so that is why they show improvement and not perceived regression as Dak did

      • kabob

        July 6, 2018 at 2:24 pm

        What team has successfully been able to dump calling protections and audibles on a rookie QB and not have them be overwhelmed. Nobody that I know. That’s hyperbole bordering on malarkey.

        • Joe Conti

          July 6, 2018 at 4:41 pm

          I see reading comprehension is not a strong suit with most Cowboys fans. Id like to see where i said it was successful. I really cant believe im part of this fanbase. Most cant read and most are soo entitled its ridiculous

          • Sexcdex Xfact

            July 7, 2018 at 12:59 am

            Whatever it is said to be,,,,
            Dak Prescott is 22-10 in his first 2 years starting at QB with year 2 being a first place schedule

            Then he did his part to secure his first year playoff win vs Green Bay , but the defense faltered along with other bonehead mistakes beyond his control

            If that’s not successful,,,,,
            ,,,,,what exactly does that make every other QB with a lesser win/loss record?

            Wentz, Goff, Mariotta, Aikman, newton, Wilson, Manning, etc

            Google it first before you answer it
            Point(s) well-taken

          • kabob

            July 9, 2018 at 12:38 pm

            Then why mention it like it matters, mr holier-than-thou enlightened fan. You say stupid things then expect to get called out for them.

        • Sexcdex Xfact

          July 7, 2018 at 1:27 pm

          HMMMM

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        July 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm

        YESSIREE

    • TreFKennedy88

      July 6, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Sounds like every explanation of why Dak is never at fault smh

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        July 7, 2018 at 1:02 am

        Oh Dak’s the very first to admit his faults & failing his teammates
        He’s also hardervin himself than we are

        So yeah, keep syh

        • TreFKennedy88

          July 15, 2018 at 3:43 am

          Since when??

    • TreFKennedy88

      July 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      8 games, half the season under 180 yards passing, lead the league in pick 6’s, how many games without a passing touchdown?? Than on top of that he got Dez out cause he never really wanted him, keep that same energy if Saint Dak continues to throw for 120 yards and he stuck looking silly

      • Sexcdex Xfact

        July 7, 2018 at 1:06 am

        He had much help from teammates accomplishing those stats
        But
        Not without help also from the same coaching we all been blaming
        Not to mention calling for their jobs

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      July 7, 2018 at 12:40 am

      About the best “best or bust” case & point made for Prescott
      Dak Prescott could’ve went higher than the 4th round
      But
      Regardless, he was drafted as a developmental project QB for the future
      Although his future began almost immediately, Dak Prescott is leaps & bounds beyond where he was projected when drafted
      Sooooo,
      How can he be a bust when he’s out-preforming himself?
      He’s a diamond in the rough that’s making those who ranked not it Qb’s, but NFL players at large for the draft look very foolish
      Your dead on point, my man, for pointing out most who don’t feel Prescotts the real deal simply just don’t want him as such anyway
      Truth be told that is

  3. Eric Vaughn

    July 6, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    What I have been thinking exactly. But I’m higher on Cooper Rush and Mike White…we either have a Tom Brady Jimmy G situation coming or a RG3 Curt Cousin’s situation…Either way I think what’s in the cubbard is better then any QB draft pick in 2019 pick.

    • kabob

      July 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      Please tell me how a UDFA and a 5th rd pick who started off OTAs floating balls (Rush) and missing targets completely (White) are more NFL ready than a 22-10 record starting QB.

  4. Christopher Speirer

    July 6, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    It would be fantastic if Dak could take a step forward and play like a franchise QB this season, but the reality is he will get his contract regardless. What potentially makes this scenario a sticky situation is that if he only plays well when Zeke is healthy and the Oline is tip-top then the team will always be wild card bound. There is only so much room under the cap. The entire Oline is getting paid, the Dline is the 5the highest paid in the league (according to spotrac), DLaw is on the fracnchise tag (or getting a deal), and Dak WILL get his contract and a boatload of guaranteed money. If he isn’t consistently probowl caliber his contract will hamstring the franchise for the foreseeable future. So let’s all hope he continues to improve, or pray that Mike White is the next Tom Brady.

    • Sexcdex Xfact

      July 7, 2018 at 1:14 am

      #1
      There’s my 1 Tom brady
      1 AR, 1 Peyton Manning, 1 Troy Aikman in a lifetime

      If Dak never reaches their plateau, but acquires what other franchise Qb’s who are in the top half have, then so beit

      Plus where were you guys when all these other Qb’s, (Tony Romo) got all this such money & never promised IR were 1 & done?
      Finally, Dak’s assumed payday will only be a portion of what hamstrings us
      Smh
      You named every position group & player that’s making kit contract wise but only placed blame on Prescott
      SMH 4sho

      • Christopher Speirer

        July 7, 2018 at 4:18 am

        Where to start with this?? First of all, I never compared Dak to any of the QB’s you mentioned. He does, I don’t. I only said he needed to be a consistent probowl QB to justify his hit against the cap that his contract will surely dictate. Look at the situation in Seattle with Russell Wilson. He got paid and then the franchise went south fast due in large part to cap issues. They have struggled with the Oline and have been trading and letting defensive players leave in FA. They took a gamble on Wilson and it doesn’t look like it’s going to payoff, and he is actually playing well. Drew Brees and AR are examples of two more franchise QB’s that play at a high level and their respective teams can’t seem to get back to the super bowl. None of these theams pay the Oline the way the Cowboys do. All of these teams have a huge percentage of their cap space allocated at QB, but they all have one ring. Safe to say we would all be happy with a ring. As far as the blame being placed at Dak’s feet if the team doesn’t perform, that’s part and parcel of being a QB in the NFL. the Oline has three All Pro’s. Can’t fault any of those guys. When they are healthy three of them are the best in the league at their position. If Dak can’t move the chains and win playoff games with those guys in front of him (and he does have a probowl under his belt) then yes, his contract will be a problem. If DLaw gets paid and doesn’t produce then the team can cut him and look for another pass rusher. A bad situation, but not nearly as difficult as cutting a QB and finding someone to replace him. My final point is this: DLaw, Zeke and Any of the big 3 on the Oline would have a line out the door if they were available to other teams. would Dak? There would be definitely be interest, but at what price? With a huge guaranteed contract? Not so sure about that. There are questions about his arm and his ceiling as a QB.

        • Sexcdex Xfact

          July 7, 2018 at 5:59 pm

          Great clarifications
          I assumably understood as much from my take except assuming you were looking past Dak

          The only thing I’ll say to them making the team Dak-friendly is this :
          They scrapped the WR Corp
          Which to me says he’s better off with unprovens

          This also breathes calm into my psychi for
          How is surrounding a “questionable QB” when unknowns & even more questions friendly???

          I’m prayerful it speaks to credit both to Prescott & the Wr’s

          Other than this
          People are priming Dak for failure in thatif the WR Corp is faulty he’ll be the blame
          I’m hoping, like you & other substance-mature fans, that they all prove each others worth & the assessments of the Brass/Front Office to be well invested

          I’m shell-shocked by the unfounded allegations & disparity in many commentors that my replies tend to be surreal in tone
          I could just swear many naysayers & doubters are blowing in the winds of change vs being founded & grounded in their own careful study over several years instead of believing every article at face value

          If this team is Dak friendly the defense will cover the mistakes of Prescott like NE Patriots defense did for Tom Brady in their miraculous come from behind SB win in 16

          But also a vast amount of proven weapons surrounding him

          We have no Bill Bellichek but we have a better team in my humble opinion

          We still expected too much from Prescott with so many missing pieces

          Then, the sole blames on JG but then again Prescott
          Zeke’s absence but it’s all Prescott
          Chaz Green due to my Tyrone Smith yet Dak should’ve been Superman

          Defense lost most those games, but as usual d4ak played on that side of the ball too

          Feel me? We did the same with Romo
          By the time the team was ripe for Romo, he went down & eventually out

          Can’t wait til preseason

  5. Christopher Speirer

    July 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    The Mike White being the next Brady is a prayer and nothing more. The chances of him ever being a top-notch Super Bowl champ are remote at best. He has the arm talent that Dak lacks, but there is far more to the position than having a talented arm. I would agree that Dak’s improvement is the most likely scenario for the Cowboys winning a ring. However, if he isn’t the answer, then having a QB on the roster, as opposed to having to draft or trade for one is by far the best option. The team spent a 5th round pick on him for a reason and it wasn’t solely to compete as a back-up. There was at least a small measure of insurance for Dak in that decision. A reasonable conversation about what he could possibly bring to the team is at least 6 weeks away. They haven’t even put pads on yet, or played one preseason game. To wrap-up the conversation about Dak needing to show improvement, the fact that the team has scrapped the receiving core and added FA’s and draft picks along with a new WR coach speaks volumes to the commitment the organization has shown to the development of Dak’a skill set. With a new found emphasis being placed on timing and route running (which Dez and TWiill are not very good at, but both Gallup and Wilson excelled at in college), and maintaining possession after contact (another issue with Twill and a strength of Gallup’s) along with a commitment to deploy more speed in the recieving core (Austin and Thompson) a good number of pieces have been put in front of Dak to empower him to succeed. Of course these guys are unproven, but so were the young guys drafted to retool the secondary last year. They struggles at first, but this year look very promising. I for one expect big things from Gallup in year two. But with an all-time Oline and a perennial probowl player in Zeke, put together with a “Dak Friendly” passing scheme, the pieces are there for Dak to take a jump forward. Even the Oline added a 2nd round pick and a stellar swing tackle to prevent a potential collapse if injuries strike. Some of these receivers will pan-out and some won’t. But the fact is, money and draft capitol has been spent to surround Dak with what he needs to be successful. It’s up to him at this point to create chemistry with his receivers and separate the good from the bad. He’ll have 7 or 8 defenders in the box and the best Oline in the game to provide time. With all of the investments the team has made to make the offense suit his abilities he has to show his rookie year is the Dak that will lead the franchise.

  6. Ismael Ramirez

    July 7, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    If he takes this team to the second round of the playoffs this year then yes he is a franchise quarterback but if he fails to even get us a wild card then it’s time to change quarterbacks because I third year quarterback on his last year of the contract is when they put all the chips in for a big contract good luck dak

    • kabob

      July 10, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Did you even read the article? You abandon Prescott now, the franchise takes a huge step back for years. The Cowboys had 10 years of nobodies (and Quincy Carter almost showing promise) between Aikman’s decline and Romo. Prescott will have to absolutely crater (I doubt he has that in him) for the decision to move on from him to make sense. They’d have to get lucky in the draft and then spend another 3 to 4 years developing that QB on the fly like they’ve had to do with Prescott.

  7. Emilio Gonzalez

    July 7, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    That’s the question?I hope he is but to me right now he’s not want to see more accuracy on the throws down field and more. Thanks

  8. Russ_Te

    July 8, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Aside from Zeke missing games – which was patched up ok during his absence – the difference between 2016 and 2017 for the passing game was – time to throw and receivers winning their routes.

    Dak clearly did not get as much of either in his 2017 season. If the time comes when he’s getting 4 seconds and can’t get the ball to someone who beat their coverage, then I’d worry. Not before.

    And we have to ask Linehan to preside effectively. He has cogs outside and if Gathers does not emerge as a threat at camp, he has nobody inside to balance up coverages. But he has the mobility of both Dak and Zeke regardless. You write up the attack plan in that case. I’m doing more organized rolls & scrambles, and making LB’s stay with Zeke a lot in the pass patterns.

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Could Loaded FA Safety Market Drive Down Earl Thomas’ Value?

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Could Loaded FA Safety Class Drive Down Earl Thomas' Price Tag?

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys and Earl Thomas share a mutual interest in one another. Thomas has publicly stated his desire to join America's Team and the Cowboys did their darndest to make that happen last offseason. Nothing ever materialized a year ago, but it's looking as if the stars have finally aligned and a union between the two could merely be just weeks away.

Surprisingly enough, the Dallas Cowboys may have dodged a bullet last year when the Seattle Seahawks refused to part ways with their All-Pro safety. Not only would they have had to surrender a high draft pick, but they would've also had to extend Thomas' contract. Fortunately, timing is everything and now the Cowboys might just have to do the latter.

A potential contract between the Cowboys and Thomas is of course what I want to dive in today. I'm not going to get into numbers right now, because it's nearly impossible to project any kind of contract for any safety this offseason, especially for the former Seahawk, Earl Thomas.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Right now, it's a little difficult to know who might have the advantage in contract negotiations, Earl Thomas or the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of times the one that has the leverage, however slight, is the one that gets the better of the deal. As surprising as it may be, the Cowboys might just have the advantage here and I'll tell you why.

First off, this year's market for free agent safeties is pretty stacked with starting caliber players. See below:

  • Earl Thomas
  • Landon Collins
  • Lamarcus Joyner
  • Tyrann Mathieu
  • Adrian Amos
  • Clayton Geathers
  • Ha-Ha Clinton Dix
  • Glover Quinn
  • Tre Boston
  • Kenny Vaccaro
  • George Iloka
  • Jimmie Ward
  • Adrian Phillips

Earl Thomas is obviously the headliner here amongst the free agent safeties, but having so many starting caliber players available could drive down Thomas' market value just a bit. This is especially true when you take into consideration the market for FA safeties just a year ago. It was almost a complete standstill last year, with only Kurt Coleman signing a three-year $16.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints. Not even the "Honey Badger" Tyrann Mathieu could get more than a one-year deal.

With all of these safeties available in free agency, we could be looking at another stingy market. This of course could be good or bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, especially as it pertains to Earl Thomas. Since he is the top FA safety available, everything could once again be at a standstill until he is signed.

Earl Thomas

Free Agent FS Earl Thomas (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Of course, we all know this will ultimately come down to determining Earl Thomas' market value. There is no denying he is still arguably the best free safety in the game today, but there are concerns about his age (30) and the two lower leg injuries he's sustained in the past three years.

Even with the loaded free agent market of starting caliber safeties and Thomas' age and recent injury history, he's still likely to receive a contract that earns him $10 million annually, give or take. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he gets another four-year deal worth $40 million, $25.7 million guaranteed, with a $9.5 million signing bonus like he signed with the Seahawks back in 2014.

The Cowboys of course would probably find a four-year $40 million deal for Earl Thomas acceptable. They would more than likely frontload the contract with a lot of protection in the details. They have the cap space to make this happen and still be able to sign their own, so money shouldn't be a problem.

Now, whether or not Thomas' market value may dip a little due to all of the above mentioned reasons will be something we will have to wait and find out. Regardless, I'd be a little shocked if Earl Thomas doesn't finish his career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you think Earl Thomas' market value will take a little hit this offseason?



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Acquiring Brown Will Give Dallas Twin Turbo Terrors

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What a difference a receiver makes, right? As Dallas fans, we know the impact of a player who can shake coverage, get open, and catch the ball. How was the season going before the Cowboys pulled the trigger for Amari Cooper in the deal with the Raiders? Cooper proved to be the lightning rod and a turning point in a season that was growing increasingly dismal. Dak Prescott and Cooper went together like peanut butter and jelly, while the Cowboys stormed to a division title and a postseason berth.

Now, imagine all of that times two… maybe even two and a half if Antonio Brown could be had from the Steelers. Scary right? We understand there’s only one ball to go around but that didn’t stop Kevin Durant from joining the Warriors, did it?

As of this writing, the best online sportsbooks like Intertops, are dealing Dallas as the seventh of 16 choices to win the NFC championship at odds of 12-1. Imagine how those odds would shrink if Brown wore a Cowboys uniform next season, giving Prescott the luxury of not one upper echelon wideout but that plus an elite receiver. Hut, hut, hut and a few clouds of smoke later the Cowboys would be moving the chains or celebrating in the endzone.

Brown and Cooper would be a devastating combination with Ezekiel Elliott coming out of the backfield. Brown was made for Dallas, it gives him an even grander stage than the one he shared with Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.

Despite the fact that the 'Boys haven’t won a Super Bowl since Barry Switzer was roaming the sidelines in the mid-90s, America’s Team still resides in Dallas. But we need a game-changer and Brown is just such an athlete. But what do we give in return and will that cost be worth whatever productive years Brown has left after this one? Let’s not forget that the mercurial Miami native will be 31 when the season begins and men who make a living with their legs don’t get better at that age. But Brown is so good and so unique that, even if he drops half a click, he's still amongst the best in the game.

That level of talent is hard to replicate and it could be the missing piece which allows Dallas to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season and the year after.

However, up to this point, we’ve been very good at dreaming of a Brown to Dallas trade but haven’t quite worked out the details. It takes two to tango and if we expect to get the Steelers’ attention we need to give them something valuable in return. Dallas surrendered their first-round pick (27th) this season when they traded for Cooper so that’s no longer an asset.

Pittsburgh would be vying for a first-round pick (and likely more) for Brown's services but some have speculated Dallas would consider dealing rookie-standout Leighton Vander Esch.

Wait... what? We know, you’re clutching your pearls, and the words are stuck in your gasp. We get it. The kid was a home run this past season, leading the Dallas defense in tackles and earning a Pro Bowl invitation in his inaugural NFL season. But this would be a Faustian deal.

The Cowboys give up a player who is poised to be a stud for years to come for a playmaker in Brown that could render a Super Bowl in the immediate future. Brown's expiration date will surely turn his milk sour sooner rather than later, but in the here and now, Antonio Brown could be the bell cow who leads the Cowboys to the promised land before he’s put out to pasture.

Just something to think about...



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2018 In Review: CB Anthony Brown Bounces Back

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To say it's been an up-and-down start to the career of young cornerback Anthony Brown would be an understatement.

As a sixth round pick in 2016, everything Brown contributed during his rookie season was a plus. Due to injury he was asked to step into a greater role as the season went on, and he performed well enough to make the front office comfortable allowing multiple veterans to walk for nothing in free agency the following Spring. Brown looked like a legitimate starting cornerback in the league, and when Dallas brought in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the next draft, the young secondary seemed set.

Then 2017 happened. And Anthony Brown struggled. Really struggled.

These struggles, coupled with the emergence of both Lewis and Awuzie during their own rookie seasons, made Brown's status heading into 2018 rather uncertain. Some wondered if they would trade him for a day three pick, others thought Brown could even end up being cut. Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were slated to compete for the nickel cornerback job in training camp, and as it turned out, all Brown needed was that one extra chance to compete.

Brown won the job outright during the preseason, and began 2018 as the starting nickel. A fan favorite, most thought Lewis would reclaim his rightful spot on the depth chart sooner or later, but Anthony Brown's play (and Kris Richard's preferences) kept Lewis on the bench for much of the season.

Simply put, Anthony Brown balled in 2018, and was the Cowboys' second best corner for most of the year. By the end of the season Chidobe Awuzie had regained form, but Brown and Byron Jones were the most consistently reliable corners on the roster all of 2018.

Brown tallied 44 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception in 2018, and finished third on the team in pass breakups with 8. As the slot corner Brown had an excellent season, especially for a former sixth round pick.

Now he enters a contract year, and with the Cowboys having so many guys to pay over the next two offseasons, he could find himself as an unrestricted free agent in 2020. And if he can keep up his play from last year moving forward, he could be in for a nice payday that Spring.



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