After the NFL Draft, and before the official opening of training camp, you don't really want to get any news about your favorite team. While it makes the jobs of those who are paid to talk about sports much easier during the football downtime, most June/July football news is bad news. Suspensions, fines, failed drug tests, whatever the case may be you pray that Roger Goodell keeps your team's name out of his mouth until he's on the podium in February.
Unfortunately for us Cowboys fans, we have heard a lot of bad news during June/July. The suspensions of DeMarcus Lawrence for four games, and now Randy Gregory for possibly as many as 14 games puts an already weak pass rush in even more jeopardy this season. The Cowboys will have to look to young, inexperienced guys like Benson Mayowa, Charles Tapper, and Ryan Russell to fill the pass rush void and hopefully give them something.
But with all of these young and unproven defensive ends on the roster, the obvious answer seems to be to look towards a veteran free agent such as Dwight Freeney to come in and lead this pass rush. I mean, we all watched All or Nothing on Amazon, he seems awesome, right?
Not only could an addition of a proven veteran like Freeney bolster the quality the Cowboys' defensive ends as a whole, but it could also help to guide the young pass rushers and possibly steer the guys in the right direction. We all know immaturity seems to be a problem with this team's defensive ends, so maybe a veteran presence such as Freeney could help fix that.
All of that "morale" stuff sounds good, but we all want a guy who can play and force sacks above anything else. If we cared about leadership and guidance as much as we claim to, Greg Hardy would've never been given a spot on the Cowboys roster. But we all know what the deal is, if you can play, you'll get a shot. If you can't, then we can make our moral stance. It's a cruel reality, but it's the football-world we live in.
The thing is, Dwight Freeney can still play. Just last season Freeney led the Arizona Cardinals in sacks with 8 while seeing most of his time during obvious passing downs only. It is totally conceivable that Freeney could play 15-20 snaps a game for the Cowboys, and give this pass rush the boost that it needs to at the very least not be laughable.
(If you want to take a look at Dwight Freeney's 2015 snaps, check out this thread put together by Football Outsiders' Cian Fahey.)
The Cowboys front office doesn't seem the least bit interested in signing a veteran like Freeney, however. Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com seems to believe that the lack of interest in Freeney may stem from Freeney's own lack of interest in well, football. Especially football that doesn't count.
"Dwight Freeney is a veteran player that doesn’t want to go to training camp and grind for the next five weeks. He is also not going to come for cheap especially if he knows the situation here"- Bryan Broaddus
While this may be the case for a player in the stage of Freeney's career, this shouldn't take him off the Cowboys' minds all together. Dallas can still afford to be patient, and see how these young guys perform during the first few preseason games. If it appears that a spark is there, and a player like Freeney isn't needed, then the Cowboys can sit put and prove us all wrong.
However, if things start to go sour quickly as many of us expect, the Cowboys can then look for a veteran option in free agency. Then again it is rare to find a free agent during the regular season, or even during these late stages of the offseason, who can come in and make much of a difference for the team.
The Cowboys seem to have made their own bed pass rushing wise for 2016, now they must lay in it.
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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