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Cowboys news: More Cobb reactions, Quinn talk, and that unfortunate bar fight

It was a quiet day on the signing front, but lots still cooking in Dallas.

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Eatman: Cobb vs. Beasley - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
In many ways, Randall Cobb has a better resume than Cole Beasley. So why is Beas getting a multiyear deal worth over $7 million per year, while Cobb is only on a one-year, $5 million contract? Turns out availability may be the key.

The reasoning there has to come down to availability. Beasley has missed just one game in the last five years, and that was the 2017 season finale in Philadelphia when the Cowboys had already been eliminated from the postseason. Yes, he might get his share of bumps and bruises, but he finds a way to get on the field.

As for Cobb, the veteran hasn’t been as fortunate in avoiding injuries. Last year, he played in just nine games as he dealt with hamstring issues. In fact, Cobb hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2015.

That is why the success of this signing, and comparing him to Beasley, will hinge on Cobb’s overall health. When he’s been on the field, he has been a better player and more productive than Beasley, whose best season was in 2016 when he had 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns. Cobb had one Pro Bowl year in 2014, catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and 12 scores.

Scouting Report: What Does Randall Cobb Add? - Bryan Broaddus, DallasCowboys.com
The mothership's resident ex-scout offers his take on the latest addition to the wide receiver room. Among a lot of nice points he makes about Randall Cobb, this one sort of jumps out. (cc: Kellen Moore)

This might be the most crucial part of Cobb’s skill set: Shows the flex to play in several different spots. You can move him all over the formation to create opportunities. He was a big part of the screen package in Green Bay, especially on third downs.

The Cowboys fill a need in the slot with the acquisition of WR Randall Cobb | Mike Johnson, Pro Football Focus
Here's a view of the Cobb signing from outside the organization.

By joining the Dallas receiving unit, coupled with the void left by Beasley, Cobb instantly becomes another reliable option needed for Dak-and-company on the critical downs. Cobb’s fit and talent from the slot complements both Amari Cooper (106.2 – 12th among receivers) and Ezekiel Elliott (108.8 – seventh among running backs) by ranking in the top-25 among 85 offensive skill players in receiver rating on third downs throughout the last three seasons.

He may not be the game-changer he once was, but the longtime Green Bay Packers receiver still offers value as a proven veteran in the NFL. His career-low overall grade in 2018 is cause for concern, for sure, but the change of scenery may be just what the doctor ordered when it comes to getting at least some of the old Cobb back in action.

Cowboys WR depth chart after signing Randall Cobb - Patrik "No C" Walker, 247 Sports
A big picture look at the new wide receiver situation for Dallas ,that puts Cobb as the #3 and starter out of the slot.

The deal on Cobb is salute-worthy for the Cowboys.

They land a veteran slot receiver to replace Beasley, and one that's proven himself time and again at the NFL level. What's more is they understand he's simply a bridge, signing him to a one-year deal for $5 million. The move fills an immediate need and for pennies on the dollar, all things considering.

This tribute from Aaron Rodgers was surprisingly moving.

Dallas Cowboys: Why the Cowboys can’t afford to lose out to the Saints in pursuit of DE Robert Quinn | David Moore, SportsDay
With DeMarcus Lawrence still in a contract standoff, Randy Gregory facing a possible suspension, and now Tyrone Crawford also possible facing suspension, Robert Quinn is now a crucial deal that the Cowboys really need.

A creative solution is required for Dallas, and Quinn is it. The money Miami is willing to absorb to facilitate a deal, the draft pick Dallas sends to South Florida in return and whether or not Quinn gets another year added to his contract are what the principals must sort through.

Quinn turns 29 in May. He's a 4-3 defensive end likely to get lost in the 3-4 looks Miami's new coaching staff will implement. His cap hit is $11.8 million going forward since the Dolphins picked up a roster bonus of just over $1 million this month.

How much more will Miami pick up? The club assumed $5 million of the $7 million guarantee due Ryan Tannehill when it sent the quarterback to Tennessee. The cash improved the draft pick the Dolphins received from the Titans in return.

The Dolphins are making no attempt to hide that they’re tanking in 2019 - Adam Stiles, SBNation.com
So why in the world do the Cowboys even have a chance at getting defensive end Robert Quinn from the Miami Dolphins? It's really pretty simple.

In January, Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero summarized the Dolphins’ plan for 2019 in one all-caps word:

“TANKING.”

In the two months since his tweet, the Dolphins have proven him right in just about every way possible. The team isn’t going to be good in 2019, and — from the looks of it — that’s exactly the plan.

Update: NFL investigating Tyrone Crawford bar incident, video footage shows the altercation - R.J. Ochoa, Blogging The Boys
We don't only provide news links, but try to provide brief but insightful analysis of what it means So here is some on the current Tyrone Crawford situation involving a bar fight he was in:

This sucks.

If the NFL is still looking for a video then they can rest all their efforts and look only to the internet. TMZ has in fact found the video of what went on inside this establishment. You can see things getting quite physical between Tyrone and some of the security there.

Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys ✭ Kevin Brady, Inside the Star
We don't know how the physical went for Malik McDowell, but if it was positive, he may be worth taking the shot.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.

Karlos Williams among 6 RBs for Cowboys to consider in free agency - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
Running back is a need that the Cowboys have yet to address in free agency - but it is also one where waiting may net them a good, very affordable option. Here is a list of possibilities, including this one that certainly seems to fit the approach this year.

Karlos Williams

Yeah, I remember that guy. That’s probably the response when fans see Williams’ name mentioned. He hasn’t played in the league since 2015. He was a fifth-round pick of Buffalo and averaged 5.6 yards a carry and 8.7 per reception with a whopping 9 TDs. Many of those were of the big-play variety, too. He earned a PFF grade of 76.0 that season.

Then he showed up overweight, and began a string of suspensions that resulted in a one-year ban for 2018. He was reinstated in January, meaning that he’s gone through an entire year of working to adhere to the league’s policies and getting back into the game. Williams is the type of low-risk, high reward player Dallas has been pursuing this offseason.

Dallas Cowboys: Alliance of American Football moves title game from Las Vegas to The Star in Frisco | SportsDay (via AP)
This is a big step in forging a relationship between the NFL and the AAF - and just one more way Jerry Jones keeps finding ways to prosper and influence football.

The new eight-team spring league, which plays its seventh set of games this weekend, said Wednesday that the April 27 title match will switch to The Ford Center at the Star, which is owned by Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys and is the indoor practice arena for the team.

"I am a big fan of The Alliance," Jones said. "They are the first high-quality alternative football league to come along in a long time. The championship being live in prime time on CBS and the league's success in drawing good crowds in Texas means this will be a great event for the fans of the Dallas/Fort Worth area."

Originally, the title game was set for Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, an aging college facility. But when Tom Dundon, owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes, joined the Alliance last month as chairman, he helped arrange for the championship game's move to Texas during a meeting with Jones at the NFL combine.