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The Cowboys need to consider Donald Driver if he is released by the Packers

Last year the Cowboys went out and signed Laurent Robinson to be their third receiver and the results were 54 receptions for 858 and 11 touchdowns. Some might say that he was the Cowboys offensive MVP as he had an instant connection with Tony Romo. Having trust in your receivers is very important as well as knowing   that they can be counted on at the most important times is priceless. That is what the Cowboys had in Robinson and he will be missed. This off season Robinson earned the right to be a starter in the NFL and decided to sign with the Jaguars. Now the Cowboys look to the young and inexperienced receivers that are currently on the roster. Players like Kevin Ogletree, Dwayne Harris, Raymond Radway, Andre Holmes and Danny Coale will all be battling for that third receiver spot. Between all five of those players only Ogletree has caught a pass in the NFL.

There are questions about each of the receivers that cannot be ignored. Olgetree has been given every opportunity to take the third receiver spot, but has been unable to produce and hold onto it. Radway is coming back from a broken leg he suffered last preseason that resulted in him missing the 2011 season. Harris had some chances in the return game last season, but not on offense. Holmes seems to be a fan favorite due to his speed and size, but he is still unproven. The same can be said as far as rookie Danny Coale, who is recovering from a broken foot and will miss out on valuable time with the offense.

Do the Cowboys continue to see what these receivers can do as they go into training camp? Will one of them rise above the rest and become the trusted third receiver? I believe it’s asking an awful lot from such a young and inexperienced group of receivers. It’s also asking a lot from Tony Romo on the trust level. Romo needs to know that his receivers are going to be where they need to be and even help him out if he gets into trouble. There is always the option of looking for a veteran receiver like the Cowboys did last year during training camp, to come in and hold down the third receiver spot like Robinson did.

Enter 13 year veteran Donald Driver. There are reports that the Packers might release Driver and if that happens I believe the Cowboys should go after him for many different reasons. I understand that his age of 37 might be a concern to some people, but with his track record and proven numbers during his career he just might be a good fit for the Cowboys. Driver brings with him the experience and leadership that can help a player like Dez Bryant who is still trying to establish himself in the league. Not to mention that Driver can really help the younger receivers that end up behind him and work with them to improve their game. He can be that leader on and off the field that will only help the Cowboys as a team. Driver has been a winner in the NFL for many seasons and the one person on the Cowboys staff who knows that is his former receivers coach and current Cowboys receivers coach Jimmy Robinson. Up to this point in his career he has 735 receptions for 10,060 yards and 59 touchdowns to go along with a Championship in Super Bowl XLV. Oddly enough that Super Bowl victory came in Cowboys Stadium.

Driver brings so much to a team in need of a solid third receiver, which brings me to another reason why the Cowboys should seriously consider him. Injuries happen every season and if something should happen to either Miles Austin or Dez Bryant are the coaches confident enough in any of the younger receivers to make them a starter? How comfortable would Romo be if someone like Radway or Harris was starting opposite Austin for a few weeks? If Driver was the third receiver on the Cowboys and an injury happened I don’t think anyone would have any doubt that Driver could step in as a starter and produce.

It’s something the Cowboys really should consider if Donald Driver is released by the Packers. It’s a win win situation for all involved. The Cowboys are looking for a Super Bowl Championship and there is nothing Driver would like more at 37 years old than to get another championship before he walks away from the game.

The Future is Bright with Miles and Dez

In honor of Miles Austin’s new contract extension I’d just like to say how freaking awesome it is to know that we have Austin and Dez Bryant locked up for at least the next five years!

Cowboys signed Miles Austin to a six-year extension. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the total package is worth $57 million.

Dez Bryant received a five-year, $11.8 million contract  that includes $8.5 million in guarantees.

HOW BOUT THEM COWBOY WIDE RECEIVERS!

We’re Ready for Some 2010 Cowboys Football

Despite it only being preseason and everything we could point out wrong with the last few games, these Cowboys are going places. With or without expectations from the newspapers, magazines and sports television, this team controls its own destiny.

Are you ready for some 2010 Cowboys football?


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Hot Flashes: Miles Austin

What’s a star quarterback without his number one man? Miles Austin has earned himself a starting position on the team as well as in our hearts. I dare you to try to find a Cowboys fan who doesn’t love Miles… well except maybe Roy Williams mother (just kidding!).

My Birthday Wish

My special day is June 29th and what I want for my birthday is to watch my Dallas Cowboys!  Okay I know that wish can’t come true, but I can go to Arlington and take a tour of Cowboy Stadium. This is a inexpensive gift, fans can check out the new home of our Cowboys as low as $17.50 per person.  That includes access to the field, the Cowboys and Cheerleaders locker room, the Miller Lite Club and the post-game interview room.

I realize most of our readers have done this, but alot of us that have been fans for years can’t afford game tickets or maybe can’t make the time to attend the game, this would be a fantasy come true. Just close your eyes and believe that you and the special people in your life are standing on the very field that your heroes play every Sunday – the very field that Tony Romo takes charge of the offense!  Miles Austin is making a touchdown! Stand in the end zone, catch a pass from a friend. Can you imagine the thrill when your heart is overcome with emotion? Well open your eyes because it can come true!

I know times are tough for everyone now. Life is short, find a way to take the time to do this.  Make special memories with your family and friends.

There are restrictions so go to the Cowboy official website and click TOUR and check it out and make the time to make a dream come true.

That is all I want for my birthday. I can’t this year but I am going on a road trip and I will stand on the star that has been such a huge symbol in my life. I will make memories for my kids and grandkids. I can’t wait. I will continue this article as soon as I return from my dream trip.

What is your Cowboy fantasy?

I would love to hear all about your Cowboy Dream!

Questions & Concerns: Miles Austin, Red Zone, Safety, O-Line

David Moore, Cowboys beat writer for The Dallas Morning News, answered some questions about the team Thursday during a live chat which you can review in it’s entirety here.

I picked out some questions that I found very interesting and wanted to share on LSS.

Here’s my two cents: FS position doesn’t impact games unless you have a total stud. Having a mediocre one doesn’t hurt you as long as you have 3 good corners, and we do. I think the bigger issue on the Cowboys D, is the lack of defensive line depth if Ratliff, Ware, or Spencer get hurt. 1) do you agree this is a bigger issue 2) are there any FAs we may add for depth (Greg Ellis?)

I see your two cents and raise it two more. The Cowboys were a top defense last season while getting minimal impact from the free safety position. Would they have been a dominant defense if the free safety position had produced some turnovers? The Cowboys need to receive some benefit from all of the pressure they put on the quarterback beyond sacks. They need to come up with more turnovers to take the next step as a defense. The safety position is the logical place for that to come. That being said, you’re right. The Cowboys are in good shape with their three corners. But I’d argue their depth in the front seven is better than you think.

Do you think the Cowboys will pick up the safety O.J Atogwe after June 1st? 

If Alan Ball and Michael Hamlin don’t look good in the OTAs and mini-camp, the Cowboys will likely give Atogwe a more serious look. The Cowboys like him but feel the price to land him right now would be a bit high. But don’t rule it out.

Surely the Cowboys can’t be comfortable with our current kicking situation. Do you see them bringing someone with experience in during training camp? Who is out there available? 

No one will be brought in to start camp. The Cowboys are committed to seeing if David Buehler can get the job done. If camp wears on and it’s obvious that won’t happen, then I think you’ll see them bring someone in. But not before.

Shouldn’t we be concerned about the short yardage running game? It was terrible at times last year and Flo was arguably our best run blocker. Free is not know for his power, Gurode wasn’t getting leverage, and Garrett’s running toss sweeps with Barber to avoid powering up the middle. Not good.

That has been a point of emphasis for the Cowboys in the off-season. They know they must get better in the red zone. 

Our final problem seems to be one of attitude, at least for key playoff games. We have to prepare in a superior way to our competition. In other words, our game prep sucks in crunch time, we are out-coached to begin with and out coached at half time… across the board, are we doomed to make the playoffs and not close the deal!

What you describe is not a problem of attitude, it’s a coaching problem. I don’t share your pessimism about getting out-coached all of the time. Andy Reid and his staff certainly didn’t out-coach the Cowboys last season. Coaching is important, but the key ingredient is talent and performing under pressure. The Cowboys took a step forward in that last season. It’s time for them to take another step this season.

Is Jerry concerned that Miles will have a sophomore slump to his breakout year or something? Why aren’ t they paying him? Seems like he’s going to command Fitzgerald type money if he does it again this season.

He’s not concerned with a sophomore slump, but if you’re paying big money, don’t you want more than one year of outstanding production before you commit to a long term deal? That’s what makes these negotiations so difficult.

What do you think Hudson Houck can do with the crop of linemen he has now? Do you think he can turn Barron, Young, etc. into the level of player that he managed to turn Davis into? 

Jerry Jones will tell you he can. Jones mentioned again yesterday that he considers Houck one of the best offensive line coaches in the league, and pointed out that he is the highest paid.

What in your opinion do the Boys need to do to create more turnovers on defense? Whoever starts out of Ball or Hamlin, I just don’t see neither of them being “ball hawks” at the safety position.

This has been a point of emphasis for the last two seasons and virtually no progress has been made. It’s getting to the stage where you have to say this group doesn’t have the personnel necessary to create turnovers. Unless Ball, Hamlin or rookie Akwasi Owusu-Ansah comes through to help, the only way to produce more turnovers would be to change personnel. But ask yourself this: the Cowboys are a very good defense against the run and the pass. Do they risk upsetting that balance and leaving themselves vulnerable by putting too much of an emphasis on turnovers. This may just be their defensive identity.

Even if Felix starts over Barber and Barber goes back to the “closer” role, does Choice get more carries/touches this yr or about the same as last yr?

About the same as last year. I don’t see how he can carve out many more in this offense unless someone is hurt.

Dez Bryant: Full Report From Mom To Talent

The Dallas Cowboys have selected Dez Bryant as their new first round draft choice.

Since being drafted, Bryant has been in the news constantly, and I felt that instead of writing two or three mini-articles about Bryant, I’d do what the writers of Sports Illustrated do and just write a long article about Dez Bryant covering everything.

Let’s get this thing started with:

Dez Bryant Will Be Talked About Whether He Is Good Or Bad

When you think about the Dallas Cowboys, they always have these players that just stand out.

Whether is was the clean-cut life of Roger Staubach aka Captain America and Hollywood Henderson’s personality and antics in the 70s to the flashiness of Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin in the 90s; Dallas has always had guys in the center of attention.

The 2000s were no different. We had Terrell Owens, who made sure everyone had their popcorn ready, Roy Williams, who was just a seismic blow to receivers that came on his side in the early years, and Tony Romo, the undrafted free agent Pro Bowl quarterback that dates Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and pulls off some of the greatest highlights in the last ten years of professional football.

Now, as we enter a new decade, Cowboy fans are going to have to prepare for a new set of characters and guys in the limelight.

Dez Bryant is already under a microscope due to his suspension from Oklahoma State, the recent press about his mother; a topic I will address later, and most importantly, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

I don’t know how it came about. To me, a kid from Texas, the Cowboys are just my team, but because of the “America’s Team” moniker, the press and media focus on them especially, so they are going to be watching Dez Bryant closely because the Cowboys will be watched closely.

Think about how often ESPN would focus on Michael Crabtree last year. After a while, the buzz around him died down because he plays for the 49ers, not a big name team like the Cowboys or the Colts or the Patriots

The big question is will Dez Bryant be a playmaker or a struggling rookie?

I can just see it now. Men in suits talking about how Dez Bryant’s five touchdown game this past week is the greatest performance by a rookie receiver.

Or I can see them talking about he’s not connecting with Tony Romo, he’s not getting by defenders, and he is looking like a bad draft choice by the Cowboys.

Dallas fans are just going to have to accept that Dez Bryant will be a major topic of conversation. He had headlines during the draft, he’ll have headlines in the NFL.

Also, by presenting Dez Bryant with the jersey number 88 that was Michael Irvin’s, a Hall of Fame receiver, puts even more attention and pressure on this young rookie.

I just wonder if Dez Bryant will bring touchdowns along with the cameras to the Cowboys this upcoming season.

Dez Bryant’s Mother is Irrelevant to His Future as a Cowboy

I’m waking up in the morning, and I check my usual football news websites so that I can find out anything, no matter how insignificant it might be, to ensure that I’m informed.

I look up and I see how this no-name general manager for the Dolphins named Jeff Ireland actually asked if Dez Bryant’s mother was, to keep it PG, a member of the world’s oldest profession at one point.

It struck me funny because I first wondered if he really was the general manager since Bill Parcells is running the show down in Miami.

Regardless of who exactly Jeff Ireland is, Dez Bryant politely skipped that question, but the sports world has kept it a headline, so here is my take:

I’ve read arguments by writers for both sides, and I don’t believe that Ireland meant to maliciously offend or embarrass Dez Bryant, I do think that he should claim temporary stupidity because only an idiot would bring that kind of question out in the open.

For one thing, the question is irrelevant. Unless Dez Bryant was actually helping his mother with some criminal activity, the past stays in the past.

Everyone has skeletons in the closet. Everyone including you and me has something that we have done that would turn us as red as a coke can should the public find out about it.

It’s called being human.

I think that the apology was not mandatory, but in that kind of situation, I would be compelled, personally, to apologize for my lack of sensitivity when it comes to the subject of the woman who gave birth to Dez Bryant.

I applaud Jeff Ireland for apologizing, I chalk up his mistake to being human just like the rest of us. Just don’t do it again.

Don’t ask a question that isn’t related to his speed, hand skills, footwork, motivation, work ethic, or in certain cases, things that Bryant has done in the past.

What his mother allegedly did and what Bryant does are two separate issues that are not connected by any reasonable means. End of story.

What The Dez Bryant Selection States?

Okay, now for some real football talk.

Going into the draft, I felt that Dallas should have addressed needs at offensive tackle and safety since the release of both free safety Ken Hamlin and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.

Instead, Dallas decided to trade up from 27 to 24 with New England just before Baltimore and drafted Dez Bryant.

Personally, I didn’t believe we necessarily needed Dez Bryant because while Roy Williams had struggled, I saw him make some very good catches at key moments in the last two games against the Eagles this past season.

I felt that Roy Williams was going to get some more work in and knock out all the kinks and become a legitimate number two guy.

The emergence of Miles Austin was astonishing as well and combine Jason Witten, our regular Pro Bowl tight end, and the three-headed running attack of Choice, Barber, and Jones, and you have got a great offense.

Dallas was second in the league in total offensive yards gained. Granted, they were 14th in points scored, but Dallas could improve on that with better execution in the redzone.

From a team standpoint of needs and depth chart, this looks like a stupid move.

However, the reality is that Dez Bryant is an amazing talent. In 1998, the Cowboys had a chance to draft a very talented wide receiver out of Marshall named Randy Moss.

Moss had grown up a Cowboys fan, wanted to be their guy, and Dallas spurned him in the draft by drafting Greg Ellis instead.

Jerry has no problems with his memory especially since Randy Moss will go to the Hall of Fame one day and in his rookie year, he caught 69 balls for 1313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Moss got his revenge on Thanksgiving when he and his team, the Vikings, showed up to Dallas, and Moss had three catches.

All three were for touchdowns and over 50 yards each. He finished the day with 163 receiving yards in a 46-36 win for the Vikings.

That was devastating because the Cowboys went 10-6 that year and lost in the playoffs to the Cardinals. Think about how different things would have been if Moss had been paired with Michael Irvin?

Jerry Jones is not about to make the same mistake twice. He’s going to take this young man whose character questions are arguably exaggerated, and Jerry is going to give him a chance to play football for the star.

This move also lights a fire under Roy Williams if he wants to stay a Cowboy. While I agree with many experts that the trade for Roy Williams was a reach, it can still pay dividends if he plays like the wide receiver that Jerry believes he’s capable of playing as.

This also spells the possibility of losing Patrick Crayton or Sam Hurd, two veteran receivers that I had come to cherish during their time here in the Big D.

Hopefully Dallas can keep them all because I’d love to see them win a Super Bowl with Dallas.

Interesting Stat About Dallas and First Round Receivers

The one thing about this move that concerns me is the late draft history Dallas has when it comes to receivers.

In 2000, Dallas traded two first round draft picks to the Seahawks for Joey Galloway whose career stats for Dallas are 151 catches for 2341 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Seattle used those picks on the 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander and wide receiver Koren Robinson.

Then we traded Galloway to Tampa Bay for Keyshawn Johnson, and all I can say is UGH!

Finally, we trade our first, third, and sixth round picks to Detroit for Roy Williams and a seventh round pick.

Those picks drafted Brandon Pettigrew and Derrick Williams, and neither team so far has benefited from those trades.

Dallas hasn’t been very good at trading for real receiver talent, and when you trade draft picks for them, it’s the same as if you drafted them yourself.

Also, Jerry Jones did not draft Michael Irvin. Michael Irvin was the last first round pick of the Landry Era. So, Jerry Jones has done zilch when it comes to drafting first round receivers.

And before you mention how the Ravens were about to draft Dez Bryant, and they are excellent drafters, I’ll remind you that the one position that the Ravens haven’t drafted well is wide receiver.

These past experiences raise eyebrows yet despite the past failings, I like the addition of Dez Bryant. I have to say that it is a gamble that I would take since at the time of the pick, all the really great talent at safety or offensive tackle was off the board.

Dez Bryant Scouting Report

To view the rest, please go here: http://www.nfltouchdown.com/dez-bryant-full-report-from-mom-to-talent/

Don’t Throw Out Those Antonio Bryant Jerseys Yet

Expectations for Dez Bryant will be very high in Dallas, especially the first time he takes the field sporting his just assigned number 88 jersey. Ahhh shades of the great Drew Pearson and electric Michael Irvin…  But wait a second… Haven’t we seen that jersey before? It looks strangely familiar…

Sufferin’ succotash, it’s none other than Antonio Bryant!

Heck, why pay a hundred bucks for brand new Dez Bryant jersey when you can pull your old Antonio Bryant jersey out of mothballs and get some bang for your bucks. What’s that you say? You already burned them, tore them to shreds, or donated them to the Salvation Army? Well, that’s too bad then, sorry about your bad luck.

As most Cowboys fans know, Antonio Bryant never quite lived up to his advance billing and over-hyped expectations, but maybe Dez Bryant will be the “chosen one” and finally restore prominence to the hallowed Number 88 Jersey and bring balance to the force. Use the force Dez, use the force…

Incidentally, in case you were wondering how the selection of Dez Bryant sits with our current crop of wide receivers, Calvin Watkins of ESPN dishes out the dope,

Thursday night, a source said the Cowboys will attempt to trade backup wide receiver Sam Hurd to give him the options of gaining more playing time with another team. While Hurd is grateful for an opportunity to compete, he’s tired of being a special teams ace.

I never saw Hurd as anything more than an emergency backup WR, and basically just a Special Teams player anyway. In my opinion, he was quickly passed over by Kevin Ogletree on the depth chart anyway and looks like the sixth best receiver on the team right now.

Patrick Crayton, will still fill the number three wideout spot with the addition of Dez. He and Romo have some good karma going and the team will not do anything to change that. Plus Crayton is an all and all solid player, a team first guy, and a great guy in the locker room.

Obviously, the player who is effected the most by last nights big news is Roy Williams. Reportedly, he has welcomed Bryant with open arms and said competition is a good thing. Now tell us what you’re really thinking Roy?

Roy Williams sounds a lot like Senator Palpatine telling Queen Amidala that he would restore peace and democracy back to the republic. We all know now, what he was really thinking… Watch your back Dez!

The problem is what do the Cowboys do with Roy? I asked fellow LSS blogger Nate the Cowboy Ninja his thoughts, and he believes the Cowboys will most likely be stuck with him for this year and then just cut him after the season. The reasoning behind that is the unlikelyhood that the Cowboys can find a team willing to take on all that salary.

As for Miles? He must be all smiles thinking about all those open field TD passes coming his way, now that he has a speedy accomplice to splits opposing secondaries. In fact I believe Miles was the biggest benefactor of the Dez Bryant selection and he could have a monster season that will blow last year’s breakthrough season completely out of the water.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…

Why Dallas Will Not Look To Re-sign Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens is now a UFA which means unrestricted free agent. Anyone can pick him up for however much money he and his agent agree to.

He is an example of the joys of free agency which give hope to struggling teams looking to improve their team by going after experienced players for lucrative contracts.

According to Sports Illustrated, Cowboys wide receiver, Patrick Crayton, has stated that he would welcome the return of Terrell Owens should he come back to the Dallas Cowboys.

However, I don’t think the Cowboys will go after Terrell due to a few reasons.

A: He’s a year older and we don’t know if he’ll keep up his previous production of the past.

B: Terrell has publicly stated many unflattering comments about former teammates like how if he had had quarterbacks like Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing to him for his career, he would have numbers like Jerry Rice.

That is a subtle way of saying, ‘My QBs are not good enough to realize how open I am at all times.’

He even posted things on his twitter page, which I thought was fake at the time, but sadly, it was confirmed to be true.

His exact words when responding to a fan that had stated he was unhappy that T.O. was no longer in Dallas were: “Neither ws i, blame the OC & romo!! but i’m happy 2 b where i am but i miss the other guys tht were & r true teammates!!”

The “OC” is offensive coordinator Jason Garrett, who calls all the plays for the Cowboys. We all know who Romo is.

So, how can Dallas just welcome back a guy who has insulted the two guys that are responsible for Owens getting the ball at all?

C: We already have an accomplished receiving corp. Roy Williams is going to start next year as said by Jerry Jones, the owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, and the Cowboys are paying him starting money already with a six-year contract of $54 million and along with $26 million of that guaranteed.

Throw in the fact that Miles Austin will get a new contract soon, and he is the number one guy who will get a lot of money. Throw in the fact that the Cowboys love to run the ball just as much as they do pass it, so we can’t expect this team to be Air Coryell and play with three wide receivers every down.

Despite Roy Williams’ disappointments this year, I believe that he can improve and become that big-play wide receiver we need alongside Miles Austin.

The two guys we have now are much younger, much quieter, are more of team players, and will not have reality shows in the offseason.

I love T.O. But, we can’t have him now. We’d be wasting money on an unhappy player. Dallas is a family now. Keith Brooking is the daddy on defense and Tony is taking charge on offense, and Tony doesn’t need Terrell demanding the ball every other down.

What else is there?

Terrell Owens is not coming to Dallas. The Cowboys are going to use the receivers they have now and look to a Super Bowl win next year.

Original article posted here James Williamson is an accomplished writer for NFLTouchdown and Bleacher Report as well as a view Dallas Cowboy sites

Cowboys offer Tenders to Players

Only a few hours before Free Agency starts, the Cowboys have made offers to the following players as reported by DallasNews.com…

Miles Austin, First Round Tender

Sam Hurd, Second Round Tender

Corey Procter, Second Round Tender

Jason Hatcher, Second Round Tender

Pat McQuistan, Original Draft Pick

Junior Siavii, Original Draft Pick

Marcus Spears, Original Draft Pick

Stephen Bowen, Second Round Tender

Pat Watkins, Original Draft Pick

Duke Preston, Original Draft Pick

Gerald Sensabaugh, Second Round Tender

Kicker Shaun Suisham was not offered any Tender which makes him a Free Agent.

The Cowboys also signed cornerback Cletis Gordon to a one year contract today.

I don’t expect much from the Cowboys in this years Free Agency. But when it comes to Jerry Jones anything is possible.

Let the games begin and the spending too.

Today Is Deadline For Tendering Offers To Restricted Free Agents

Today is a big day for the Cowboys as they must tender offers to their 13 restricted free agents by the 11:00 pm CST deadline tonight.

You can be sure that both wide receiver Miles Austin and safety Gerald Sensabaugh will both receive high tenders from the Cowboys and that neither will be going anywhere.

Clarence E. Hill of the Star-Telegram speculates that Austin will receive the highest tender possible — a one-year salary of $3.168 million and compensation of a first- and third-round pick if he signs with another team.

Sensabaugh will likely be tagged with the first-round tender of $2.62 million. If he signs with another team, the Cowboys would get a first-round pick in return.

The other Cowboys restricted free agents include:

DT Stephen Bowen
G Cory Procter
G Duke Preston
DE Jason Hatcher
NT Junior Siavii
WR Sam Hurd
S Pat Watkins
OT Pat McQuistan
DE Marcus Spears
PK Shaun Suisham
CB Cletis Gordon

Of those eleven, I suspect that 3-4 of them may not be returning next season including Suisham and Gordon.

I was very surprised when the Cowboys decided not to place the franchise tag on Miles Austin last week which would have paid him a guaranteed one-year, $9.52 million deal that would’ve required another team to give up two first-round picks as compensation for signing him to a non-matching offer sheet.

I was a little worried that we might be exposing Miles Austin to a slight risk of employment elsewhere if another team should beat the Cowboys tender, but felt more at ease after reading this in the Dallas Morning News.

Not many teams in league history have been willing to relinquish a first- and third-round pick for a restricted free agent. Almost none, in fact. In 1998, Bill Parcells brought restricted running back Curtis Martin with him from the Patriots to the Jets. The Patriots were unwilling to match the Jets’ six-year, $36 million offer sheet and took a first- and third-rounder in return. Eighteen players received the high tender over the next 10 years. None were pried away by a rival’s offer sheet.

Good to know…

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