It's mock draft season. And Todd McShay is one of the best known mockers on the interwebs. He sees the Cowboys getting tastily-named DE Taco Charlton from Michigan.
Getting Charlton at #28 would be a nice pick for the Cowboys, but is it even possible? McShay is respected and usually has a decent grasp on these things, so we can take some comfort - if you're a Charlton fan - that he will be available.
The Cowboys publicly claim to believe in drafting the best player available, but they also factor in just how much a player will help the team. With the retirement of Doug Free, Todd Archer thinks a better choice might be an offensive lineman - something that has been very, very good for the Cowboys in the past.
That's where Cam Robinson comes into play. McShay had him going No. 31 to the Atlanta Falcons, but I can see the Cowboys making another first-round play on an offensive lineman the way they did Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.
Dak Prescott is perhaps the biggest bargain in the NFL right now, so it is fitting that he got a very nice payday. .
Prescott earned the second-highest bonus in the league, a $353,544.57 raise after playing 67.49 percent of the team's total snaps in 2016. Romo, on the other hand, made an additional $64.11 for his 3-for-4 performance in Philadelphia the last week of the season.
It is also interesting to note that the Cowboys' next two highest paid players from the bonus pool were Anthony Brown and Maliek Collins. Here are the top 10 payouts for Dallas (also from the linked article):
Source for bonus figures: ESPN
This is just amusing.
Eagles have some real receivers now.
The Eagles went to the offseason with one goal in mind: get Carson Wentz some weapons. They delivered in spades, landing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also addressed the offensive line by adding Chance Warmack and Stefen Wisniewski.
And this is why it is amusing.
As some of us have suspected, all the drama about not releasing Romo may be nothing more than click-baiting headlines.
Tony Romo apparently isn't too upset that the Dallas Cowboys have stalled on releasing him to try to find a trade instead.According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Romo isn't too concerned by the lack of movement on his status. He's described as a "cool customer" who is aware that it's a matter of if, not when, he'll find a new team. Romo also knows he'll draw plenty of interest on the open market, whenever he hits it.
Romo may be on his way out in Dallas, but he is trying yet again to hold his fantasy football convention.
This is the third time Romo and his representatives will attempt to host the convention. The first one was planned for Las Vegas in 2015 before the NFL shut it down. The second one was set for Los Angeles in 2016 before the NFL shut down that one as well.
Stephen Jones has repeatedly identified signing Zack Martin to a new deal as his number-one priority for this offseason. This quickly sums up why.
What's been good about Zack Martin in his three years with the team? Just about everything. That's really the only answer. In Cowboys history, there haven't been many players who have come close to matching the accomplishments Martin has collected in just three seasons. In fact, Martin is one of 46 players in the Super Bowl era to earn three Pro Bowls in his first three seasons. No other Cowboys player has done that in that timeframe. Even better, Martin is earning All-Pro selections as well, staking his claim as one of the best players -not just offensive linemen - in all of football. He's technically sound, he's strong, he's agile, he's aware of his assignment, he plays with leverage, and he stays calm but with a mean streak at times. Zack Martin is as good as it gets.
The addition of former first round pick Jonathan Cooper raises an interesting question: Has any team ever assembled this much athletic talent in one unit before?
Fortunately for the Cowboys, if there's any situation that can coax the first-round talent out of Cooper, it's probably this one. He joins the offensive line room as the fourth first-round pick in the unit. Throw in La'el Collins, who would have been a first-round pick if not for unique circumstances, and that's five first-round caliber talents in the offensive line room.
There is a good reason the Cowboys are willing to take a flyer on Cooper.
The Cowboys are not taking much of a risk since it is just a one-year contract, but it is a good bet. They are following a philosophy Al Davis and Bill Parcells used in their Hall of Fame careers. At one point just about everybody thought he could play, so see what he has left, even if it has not worked out at other spots.
The poster boy for the philosophy in recent Cowboys history is Marc Colombo, who will now be one of Cooper's coaches. He was a former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2002 but was troubled by a major knee injury that included nerve damage and was released in 2005. The Cowboys signed Colombo late in the 2005 season and largely stashed him away.
In 2006 he won the right tackle job, a spot he held through 2010.
Lance Dunbar has been one of the most under-utilized players on the Dallas roster, and it may be to everyone's benefit if he does find a new home.
We'd all love for Charles Tapper to become the "war daddy" the Cowboys need to rush th passer. It is understandable to have a little skepticism about that, given the past few years for Dallas. But he does bring some interesting tools to the job.
"My speed is my biggest trait and I have big powerful hands," Tapper said. "When I use that speed and those hands, it kind of throws those big old offensive linemen off because somebody that strong shouldn't be able move that fast and somebody that fast shouldn't have that much pop to them. That culmination of speed and power is kind of scary."
Stephen Paea is another player looking to jumpstart his career in Dallas, but with him, it was more about getting out of a 3-4 system and back to what he is best at.
Back in Marinelli's 4-3 defense, he's looking forward to resuming the role he believes fits him best: more of penetrating tackle than occupying blockers for the outside linebackers rushing.
"I'm more like an aggressive, get-off-the-line-and-dictate (tackle) - don't let the O-Line dictate what you do," he said. "You just go you play fast, and that's what Rod is a lot about. That's not what I have done in the last two years or the last four years since I've been with Rod. But I'm excited to get back to it and see how it goes.
"It's been a rollercoaster ride for me in my career, and obviously going back to where I started from with Rod Marinelli, there's nothing better than that."
If nothing else, the signing of free agent Nolan Carroll has saved him from the dark side.
Coming over from the Eagles, Carroll admits he is already looking forward to playing his former team. Being on the other side of the rivalry for the last three years, he said it wasn't difficult to switch sides and join the Cowboys. "It's not hard for me at all. If anything, I can't wait to play them," Carroll said of the Eagles. "It's definitely going to be fun and interesting to go to a place I used to play at. All I cared about is winning. Coming here and winning as many games as possible."
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