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Report: Cowboys give David Irving a second-round tender

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The Cowboys finally decide what to do with restricted free agent David Irving.

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Wake up, Cowboys fans! We’ve got some news to talk about!

Well it’s not really news. It’s only news if you define “news” as one of the most predictable moves of the offseason. Dallas has finally tendered David Irving according to the DMN’s David Moore. It’s a second-round tender worth $2.91M.

Confused what this means? This is always a helpful explanation on tenders and the like. The short version of it all is that NFL teams that are not the Cowboys can now negotiate with David Irving... and they might because he’s a very good football player.

If Team X likes what they see and want to offer him a contract, the Cowboys have every right to match the deal. This happened with CJ Anderson, the Miami Dolphins, and the Denver Broncos a few years back. If Dallas thinks it isn’t worth it, they can pass on this new deal. In that event Team X gets David Irving, and the Cowboys get Team X’s second-round pick.

Honestly, this seems pretty low for a player of David Irving’s caliber. It’s not farfetched to assume that somebody else does reach out. And for what it’s worth, maybe that’s what the Cowboys want.

Some observers have floated out the idea that perhaps the Cowboys want the second-round pick they’d ultimately get as ammunition to move up in the upcoming draft. If Dallas doesn’t believe that David Irving has a long-term future with the team, then getting a high draft pick would make sense. But that’s only if they truly believe he has no long-term future in Dallas. Given the way he plays when he’s on the field, there would have to be some strong issues off the field not to keep him.

What do you think, BTB? Will somebody bite on Irving?