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Which Cowboys Staff Members Will Be Targeted This Offseason

Kevin Brady



Will McClay

Black Monday has come and gone and there are plenty of coaching vacancies now waiting to be filled. As teams like the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers look to fill their open positions, they will be looking to take a piece from a winning program, in order to implement that positive culture into their own franchise.

This is precisely why much of the Dallas Cowboys staff will be in jeopardy. Let's take a look at some of the hottest candidates for other jobs that are currently on the Cowboys staff.

Will McClay

If I needed to hire a general manager, the very first person I'd call is Will McClay. Currently the Senior Director of Player Personnel for the Cowboys, McClay has been an integral part of the front office which has built the best roster in the NFC.

He, Jason Garrett, and Stephen Jones have completely rebuilt a Cowboys team which hit rock bottom in 2010, and have done so with just one losing season in six years. That's impressive.

McClay was on the top of many team's lists last year as well, but he declined saying that he was a Dallas Cowboy and that he wanted to finish the job he started. For our case, I hope he remains in Dallas for a few more years. But I would not be surprised whatsoever if a team like the 49ers or New York Jets came knocking down his door.

Scott Linehan

Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Tony Romo

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Staff writer Brian Martin touched on offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's chances of becoming a head coach already, and the chances are very real. Linehan is getting a lot of credit for a Cowboys offense which ranks fourth in both total yards and points scored while starting a rookie quarterback.

One of the most obvious teams which should give Linehan a call are the Los Angeles Rams. Already having some solid defensive personnel, the Rams need an offensive minded coach who can come in and help to develop Jared Goff.

The problem is, Linehan already had a stint with the Rams, and it didn't go so well. It is possible that teams will remember those failures, and not want to give him another chance.

Rod Marinelli

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli has received an incredible amount of praise this season for doing so much with less. The Cowboys defensive personnel isn't impressive, but Marinelli has found a way to get the absolute most out of these guys, and put them in a position to win 13 games.

His defense ranks 12th in yards allowed and fourth in points allowed this season, and his coaching is a big reason for their success. Similar to Scott Linehan, however, Marinelli's previous stints as a head coach have not been impressive. Considering the past, and considering his age, maybe he will think it is best to remain in Dallas as a coordinator.

Wade Wilson

Wade Wilson has been the quarterbacks coach for Jason Garrett's offense since 2007. This means that he has coached Tony Romo from undrafted rookie to Pro Bowler, and has now coached Dak Prescott from fourth round pick to Pro Bowler. That's a pretty impressive resume.

I wouldn't be surprised whatsoever if Wilson found himself promoted to offensive coordinator if Scott Linehan decided to take a head coaching job elsewhere.

Of course, in a perfect world, the Cowboys would retain their entire staff in 2017 and run the NFC once again. But that's not how the league works. Some of these guys will be probably be gone, as will many of the players. Dallas will need to adjust, and bring in the right replacements in order to get back to the top of the conference in 2017.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



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.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

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.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

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?

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What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position

Mauricio Rodriguez



Questions Surround Cowboys WR Position After Deonte Thompson Signing

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.

Todd Archer on Twitter

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.

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.

Cowboys en Español: Nuevas Contrataciones, ¿Podría Ser Allen Hurns la Siguiente?

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.

Tell me what you think about "What Signing Thompson Means for Hurns and Cowboys WR Position" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



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.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

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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