We might as well get used to it. In fact, I say we should embrace it. If a player is possibly going to be released, or is already released, for whatever reason you can think of…someone, somewhere will say the Cowboys are interested. Cedric Benson? You bet, PFT.comis already on the case.
It’ll be interesting to see whether anyone claims Benson on waivers. Somehow, we see the Buccaneers or the Cowboys in Benson’s future.Please, like the Cowboys would take on a player just because he has major trouble with the law. We don’t take on just any criminal; you have to have talent first! Then we’ll work you in. (I kid, sort of.)
Our new slogan, shamelessly adapted from the Statue of Liberty.
"Give us your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
As long as they have a good 40-time, or excellent hands and route-running abilities, or a superior combination of size and quickness.
Otherwise, send them to the Redskins."
Pacman a bust? This is a tricky one and depends on the definition of bust. The other three guys on that list are busts because they aren’t very good. Pacman is a bust because his original team no longer has his services, but that’s a narrow definition. I bet when Pacman is returning punts and picking off passes this season you won’t see the "bust" label thrown around then. Is Pacman a bust or not? Or is it yet to be determined?
Benson was the fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, which now features four busts of Biblical proportion among the top ten selections: Benson; Pacman Jones (No. 6);
TroyWilliamson (No. 7); and Mike Williams (No. 10).
Did I miss something? When did the rumor of trading Anthony Henry to the Browns emerge? Look, our situation at CB has gotten a whole lot better – potentially – in 2008. But Pacman is not cleared yet and Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick are rookies. Rookies are not dependable until they prove it in this league. While I am very optimistic about an improved secondary, there are no guarantees yet. Trading Anthony Henry isn’t even in the equation for me. Henry’s agent agrees.
"I'm in constant contact with the Cowboys," said Jerrold Colton, Henry's agent. "They've indicated to me that Anthony is still their starting cornerback and they anticipate that to continue. [A potential trade] wasn't even part of our discussion. The trade stuff would be outside anything I'd be involved in."
So T.O. didn’t answer his cell phone and now he’s on the watch list for banned substances. The NFL is one tough league. If this same policy applied to everybody’s life I would be in huge trouble. I’m not confessing that sometimes I don’t answer phone calls from certain people because I don’t want to talk to them, but there’s a reason God invented voicemail. Oops.
Subsequently, the sources said, the alternate phone number Owens provided went unanswered, except for an automated message that said: "The voice mailbox for this user is full."Man, even that excuse wouldn’t work here. I think it’s totally understandable that T.O.’s voicemail was full. If I was getting $13 million guaranteed, I’m sure more than a few people would be calling asking for that $50 bucks I’ve owed them since 1998.
Owens told the league that his phone had not shown any record of its missed calls.That’s right, blame it on Verizon…or AT&T. Or maybe it’s a glitchy new iPhone. Seriously, how does T.O. always end up in these goofy situations?
Speaking of released players playing in
[Lorenzo Neal] lists the Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers among his desired destinations.At least this time it actually came from the player. Wait, didn’t Chris Henry say the same thing? Sorry Lorenzo, you need to break a few laws before the media can take this seriously. Lorenzo gets some love from an NFC executive.
"I don't know how that guy can still be on the street," says a high-ranking front-office executive for an NFC team. "If you want someone who can light up a defender on an 'iso' block, that's your guy."Go over to Starred4Life’s FanPost to offer up an opinion on Mr. Neal.