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Will Another Team Snag David Irving Away From Cowboys?

Brian Martin

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It was somewhat surprising to learn that the Dallas Cowboys only placed a second-round tender on David Irving. A first-round tender would have likely dissuaded any other team from signing him to a contract and giving up a first-round draft pick, but signing Irving to a contract and giving up a second-draft pick is much more plausible.

I can almost guarantee there are teams around the league right now who are discussing the pros and cons of trying to acquire David Irving. The Dallas Cowboys likely know this which means one of two things:

  1. The Cowboys are hoping someone sets David Irving's market value with the hopes of matching.
  2. The Cowboys are willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick.

There are teams out there who have more salary-cap space than the Dallas Cowboys who could easily sign him to a contract the Cowboys can't match. And, giving up a second-round draft pick for a dominating, yet inconsistent, defensive tackle is probably better than anyone they can draft.

It's not completely out of the realm of possibility Cowboys fans have seen the last of David Irving with a star on his helmet. But, it seems like a risk Dallas is willing to take, whether fans agree or not.

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Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving

In 2017, David Irving recorded 22 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, six passes defensed, and one forced fumble. He did this after missing the first four games of the season due to a suspension and the last four due to a concussion. That's pretty impressive!

There is no denying Irving's impact when he's on the field, but it's all the other stuff that makes Dallas hesitant to commit fully to the 24-year-old DT.

I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I know what kind of person David Irving is in the locker room or off the field, but his past behavior and inconsistencies are concerning. Yes, he has immense upside, but that doesn't look as if it's enough for the Dallas Cowboys, at least not yet.

I think this ultimately comes down to the Cowboys not fully trusting David Irving just yet. Placing the second-round tender on him is more of a "prove it" kind of deal, if another team doesn't sign him away. The Cowboys probably want to see he has his head on straight and more consistency before fully committing. It's completely understandable.

It just doesn't seem as if David Irving is in the long-term plans for the Dallas Cowboys right now. I think they would be perfectly content receiving a second-round draft pick, but that decision might not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans.

There is really no way of knowing if another NFL team will snag David Irving away, but I think the possibility of that happening is pretty high.

Will David Irving remain in Dallas in 2018?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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21 Comments

21 Comments

  1. winstar

    March 15, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Brian, I’m still scratching my head on Irving. I’m not trying to start a new fight but……He was the only Cowboy that challenged Jerral on the kneeling by doing a raised fist. More than that is he made it public that he would challenge the owner/gm. Let’s face facts….he don’t show up every game. With his skill set, I think he could dominate more than he does.

    Diehard Cowboy Fans wanted at forum.insidethestar.com

    • Chuck Wright

      March 15, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      You just gave a great reason to let him go. . . .if he wants to wipe his ass with the flag. . .let him do so elsewhere.

      • prince

        March 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm

        This is a no flag or kneeling talk zone man!

        • Chuck Wright

          March 16, 2018 at 8:48 am

          sorry for entering your safe space

      • Ervinlang318

        March 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

        Philly Players participated in Kneeling and protesting. How did that Work Out?

        • jrcowboy49

          March 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

          Super Bowl ratings were down from last year!

    • Tommy Davis

      March 24, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Seven sacks in eight games is incredible, I would rate that as showing up every game. That is exactly the same rate as Demarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys placed a franchise tender on him.

  2. Hector Espindola

    March 15, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Seems FO is willing to part ways with Irving for a second-round draft pick. This would be a round business if after the first rounds of draft, we get 4 players ready to play at DL, LB, OL and WR.

  3. Chuck Wright

    March 15, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    To get a 2nd rounder (in this draft) for a player who is gone most likely next year anyway. . . . .I’m in. . . .and by setting it only at a 2nd, you entice someone like Cleveland. . .who is overspending anyway.

    Add a quality 1 Tech to this D and I’ll wager Taco takes a big jump this year. Wow, an extra 2nd allows you to take a Harold Landry type round 1, gives you an OG and WR in round 2, use your 3rd for the 1 Tech.

    Or my dream. . . . at 19 if Payne, Landry, the 2 OG and DJ Moore all still there. . .trade back with the Giants, Jets or Denver (if any does not take QB in the 1st) for their 2nd and 3rd. One of your targets at 19 will likely slide to 34, say it’s Wynn so there is your OG. . . .take best WR or LB with your own 2nd, take the other with the Giants 3rd or Reid (S) Stanford.

    • prince

      March 15, 2018 at 10:06 pm

      I’m in!

  4. Tommy Davis

    March 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    Reading these comments along with terrible decisions by Cowboys management, I can see why Dallas will always be stuck in mediocrity. Unlike the Eagles, the Cowboys don’t value talent. They and a lot of their fan base don’t understand that talent is what wins games in the NFL. As long as David Irving performs on the field, and he has, he can raise his fist all he wants, it’s his God given right.

    • Ellen Legree

      March 15, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Tommy i agree with you 100%

      • prince

        March 15, 2018 at 10:07 pm

        Agreed

    • Chuck Wright

      March 15, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      What terrible decisions? And the Eagles weren’t over paying guys.. . . .they made some savvy moves.

      But F a POS who wants to crap on the flag. . .also Dallas’ right to let him go. . . .

      Irving reminds me of Dez, another guy who didn’t show up every play. . .get the big contract, get fat and lazy .. . .

  5. Ellen Legree

    March 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    This not about money at all, it’s about a player speaking his mind which they are not allowed to do in Dallas. I’m really getting sick and tired of the front office! no one in life is perfect and David Irving is a player that will make a big impact right away if he leaves the Cowboys. It seems like a Lot of the the players leaving are doing better with other teams which makes me wonder just what exactly is going on with front office.

    • prince

      March 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      It’s not the front office. It’s the coaches. No innovation. They think it’s still the nineties.

      • Ervinlang318

        March 16, 2018 at 9:50 am

        Thats True however the Nineties produced 4 Successful money plays that were ran over and over until the opponent figured out how to stop it. We don’t even have 1 money play.

    • Chuck Wright

      March 16, 2018 at 8:52 am

      Of the 4 DBs who left last year, only 1 was better than the players we drafted and he was the oldest. Wouldn’t be surprised if Hitchins does well but was he worth the price? Likely not. David Ware? Yep. . . .DeMarco Murray? right move Most of those who’ve left have done nothing to warrent huge contracts

    • Tommy Davis

      March 24, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Much love Ellen, your comments are right on, it too bad that there are so many folks that just don’t have a clue.

  6. Russ_Te

    March 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Jerry would kneel, hold up a fist or collude with Vlad Putin if he could get a Lombardi out of it… ;^)

    I agree with Brian and don’t think it’s politics afoot. They intend to sign Irving back and are trying to keep the cost down, but the #2 is too risky considering that the Cowboys should be contending this year. Someone could give a #2 and offer more than the Cowboys can pay. They’ve already committed $17 million to Lawrence and have a lot of other needs to pay out for.

    Better move to bump it up to a #1 tender IMO, pay a little more up front and lock him in. Out on a limb here with a player necessary for a playoff run.

    • Tommy Davis

      March 24, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      I agree Russ, it would have been a better move to use a #1 tender.

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What Is The Cowboys Most Pressing Offseason Need?

Kevin Brady

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Finishing their season with a Division Round loss, Dallas Cowboys fans are getting a somewhat late start on the 2019 offseason. Of course, we'd much rather a later start, but the results are what they are.

Now Dallas must get better, and re-tool before heading into Dak Prescott's fourth season, and the Cowboys' 2019 campaign. Though they didn't feel all that close to a championship this season, looking around the roster, it's actually tough to identify one key need the Cowboys must address.

They are filled with young, talented players that they have high hopes for across the board. And in the places they are "older," such as across the offensive line, they have established veterans who aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

So what is the Cowboys' most pressing offseason need?

Well, despite already using their 2019 first round pick to address it, the answer very well might be wide receiver.

Adding Amari Cooper midseason provided a massive jolt to the Cowboys previously anemic passing attack, but on his own he is not enough to take this passing game to where it needs to be to compete in this new NFL.

Third round pick Michael Gallup is going to be a very good pro, and progressed really well as his rookie season went on. I think he can play opposite Amari Cooper nicely, and be the number two option in the passing game going forward.

Though arguably their best wide out against man coverage, Cole Beasley is a free agent, and if the reports are true about Scott Linehan returning in 2019 it could very well mean Beasley will not be opting to sign back with Dallas.

Regardless of Beasley's decision, however, the Cowboys need to seriously evaluate their pass catchers heading into next season.

This is a passing league. The rules have dictated that you must be able to pass the ball efficiently if you want to compete with the best of the best around the NFL. To take the next step in their progression, and reach an NFC title game and/or Super Bowl, Dak Prescott will need to have as explosive a group of pass catchers as possible.

The Cowboys have already taken solid steps to making this a reality, but another move or two this offseason could go a long way to putting Dallas in the conversation with teams like the Rams and the Saints in 2019.



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3 Things We Learned About The Dallas Cowboys In 2018

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Coming into the 2018 season, loads of questions surrounded the Dallas Cowboys and the future of their roster.

Could their defense stay intact when the annual Sean Lee injury occurred? Was Kris Richard going to lead the Cowboys young secondary to places we thought they could be? And would Dak Prescott earn a contact extension and become the official franchise quarterback of America's Team.

Of course, there are tons of other questions that may have gone unanswered, but these three critical areas seem to find clarity in 2018.

Leighton Vander Esch And Jaylon Smith Are Legit

The Dallas Cowboys caught a lot of flack for their selection both of these linebackers, each for different reasons.

When they snagged Jaylon Smith in the second round of the 2016 draft, it was still unknown to the public if Smith could ever even play football again. When they took Leighton Vander Esch 19th overall last April, fans questioned how valuable an off-ball linebacker would be on a defense that already had Sean Lee.

Well, after their first full season together, it's easy to say that both Vander Esch and Smith are the linebacker options of the future in Dallas. Named to the Pro Bowl during his rookie season, Vander Esch took the world by storm in 2018. When Lee went down, he was there to not only fill his shoes, but to outplay the veteran all year long.

What is fun to consider is that as good as Vander Esch was this season, Jaylon Smith might be even better. Both posses insane sideline to sideline pursuit ability, and are some of the surest tacklers in all of football.

Watching these two grow together will be a pleasure over the coming seasons.

Their Young Secondary Is Coming Together

Like their linebackers, the Dallas Cowboys secondary is a young group, who fans are excited to watch grow throughout the years. It seemed like more pressure sat on the shoulders of young cornerbacks Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie than of Smith and Vander Esch, however.

With Kris Richard joining the staff and making the decision to move Jones to cornerback full time, it was do-or-die for the former first round pick. Byron Jones answered all the doubters, earning not only a Pro Bowl selection but also First Team All Pro honors for his performance.

Opposite him, Awuzie had a rough start to his sophomore campaign. While typically right there in coverage, wide outs too often made contested catches over him. Over the final few weeks of the year, however, that changed and Awuzie played some of the best football yet.

Xavier Woods, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis (in much fewer snaps) all had fantastic seasons as well, giving the Cowboys great hope and confidence in their secondary moving forward. They may need to add another safety during the offseason, however, though Jeff Heath remains more than just a viable option.

Dak Prescott Is Here To Stay

Whether or not you think it's justified, Dak Prescott is the quarterback of the future in Dallas. And he earned that right the back-half of 2018 and during the postseason. After a shaky start to his 3rd season, Prescott turned things around nicely, leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 finish to the regular season.

Prescott played the best football of his young career down the stretch, and showed just how valuable he is both on the field and in the locker room. It seemed like every game he made 2-3 winning plays that put the Cowboys over the top that afternoon.

Dak is going to get a contract extension, and will be locked in as a Cowboy for the foreseeable future, and with the way he played the final 10 games of his season, I can't second guess this decision much at all.



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Jason Garrett Can’t be Serious About Retaining Scott Linehan, Can He?

Brian Martin

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One of the few positives most of us were looking forward to after the Dallas Cowboys Divisional Round loss to the Los Angeles Rams was the fact that Scott Linehan would no longer be the offensive coordinator for America's Team. Everything was pointing to his dismissal, but that may not be the case according to Head Coach Jason Garrett.

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Jason Garrett said on 105.3 The Fan that offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will return in 2019. "We don't anticipate any significant changes on our staff," Garrett said.

I can't say that I was happy upon learning Jason Garrett plans on retaining Scott Linehan as the Cowboys OC in 2019. In fact, my first thought was… Well, something better left unsaid. I'm sure many of you can kind of read my mind, because I'm pretty positive you had all that the same thoughts running through your head as well.

In all honesty, I didn't think there was a snowball chance in hell Scott Linehan would return to Dallas after the conclusion of the 2018 season. After all, the Cowboys nearly fired him during the bye week earlier this season, meaning his job security was already on thin ice. He didn't do anything to improve things in my opinion.

I know Jason Garrett has said Scott Linehan will return as the OC in 2019, but not for a second do I believe it. We are less than 72 hours hours removed from the Cowboys exit from the playoffs and I highly doubt any of Dallas' decision-makers has had the time to sit down and discuss who stays and who goes. In fact, I know they haven't.

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Stephen Jones says they won't comment on anything with coaching staff but that they need to take a deep look at why they fell short. Says it a little early to speculate about players or coaches. They haven't had a meeting about it yet.

I think once the Cowboys brass sits down and reevaluates the 2018 season, they will come to the conclusion they can do better than Scott Linehan as their offensive coordinator. There were just too many times throughout the season where the playcalling was a problem just. It's just time to move on, despite the vote of confidence by Jason Garrett.

Of course, this could just be me trying to read between the lines hoping and praying Scott Linehan is finally fired. Like many of you, I've grown way too tired of his predictable and dated playcalling. It's time to move on and find someone more innovative who can maximize the talent the Dallas Cowboys have on the roster, much like Kris Richard did with the defense.

You can either choose to believe Jason Garrett or not. I for one have a hard time seeing the Dallas Cowboys staying status quo with their coaching staff, especially their offensive coordinator. But, only time will tell.

Do you think it's time for the Dallas Cowboys to fire Scott Linehan?



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