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Top Remaining Dallas Cowboys Free Agent Fits - David Latham, Last Word on Pro Football

Could the Cowboys still be interested in adding veteran free agents before the start of training camp?

Muhammad Wilkerson

There was a time when defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson would have been one of the most coveted names in free agency. The former first-round pick was one of the best defensive tackles in the game early in his career. However, his play took a nosedive after earning a hefty payday after the 2015 season. Seemingly satisfied with his massive salary, Wilkerson wasn’t the same player during his final two seasons in New York. He tried to re-establish his value with the Green Bay Packers but suffered a season-ending ankle injury after just three games. The eight-year NFL veteran has received minimal interest and should be available at a bargain rate.

Wilkerson still has something left in his tank, as he looked good last year when he was actually on the field. While he didn’t look like his early-career self, he was still a solid starter along Green Bay’s defensive front. While he didn’t record a sack, Wilkerson collapsed the pocket on multiple occasions and finished the year with a 76.5 grade from Pro Football Focus. Signing Wilkerson to a one-year deal would make sense for both sides.

There’s a new number to pay attention to in regards to Amari Cooper’s pending contract - RJ Ochoa, Blogging the Boys

The latest wide receiver extension could help set the market for Amari Cooper.

Thielen’s deal will only raise Cooper’s price

The trouble with figuring out Amari Cooper’s new deal is that his sample size as a member of the Cowboys is so small (nine games). He’s got a great overall résumé, but without an entire season on this team how can you gauge it properly?

The answer is likely moot to Cooper’s agent as his credentials stack up favorably to Thielen. Consider the last nine games from each of their 2018 seasons.

Amari Cooper: 53 receptions, 725 yards, 6 touchdowns

Adam Thielen: 46 receptions, 551 yards, 4 touchdowns

Not that this is the measurement above all other measurements, plus it’s admittedly lost some luster over the years, but Cooper has also been to one more Pro Bowl than Thielen. The point here isn’t to say that any of this automatically makes Cooper a better receiver, it’s that it all makes for great ammunition for Amari to get a deal worth more than Thielen’s.

The completion of DeMarcus Lawrence’s contract has shifted the attention to who’s next up for Cowboys - David Moore, SportsDay

Whose up next with DeMarcus Lawrence signed, sealed, and delivered?

Now that Lawrence is signed most of the attention has shifted to Prescott’s impending pay day. But the complexities of getting that deal done, and the money it will take to reach an agreement, makes it more likely that Cooper will be the next Cowboys player to receive a big contract.

The Pro Bowl receiver enters the final year of his rookie contract with a base salary of $13.9 million. His deal won’t exceed the $100 million barrier the way Lawrence did and Prescott will.

Cleveland’s Odell Beckham Jr. enjoys an average salary of $18 million with a practical guarantee of $65 million. Oakland’s Antonio Brown is next at $16.7 million, one of six receivers that averages $16 million plus. Minnesota’s Adam Thielen joined that group Friday with a four-year, $64 million extension.

Mike Evans is a name to keep in mind here. The Tampa Bay receiver was the seventh pick in the draft one year before Cooper was the fourth pick. Evans signed a second contract that goes five years for $82.5 million with a guarantee of $55 million.


Might the Cowboys look to move around in the 2019 NFL draft using their draft picks? Possibly, but what value do they hold.

You will often see fans clamoring for a team to “trade up” in the NFL Draft, hoping to snag a player that they’re worried won’t fall to their team’s current pick. We should expect a lot of that in 2019 with the Dallas Cowboys, but just how much trade value do their picks really have?

With the Cowboys not having a first-round pick in 2019, thanks to sending it to Oakland for Amari Cooper last October, the crowd is going to get antsy. Being left out of the fun on Thursday night will stink for all of us, and it will have many desperate to see Dallas land a player who falls into the second round.

However, any thoughts of Dallas trading up into mid or late-30s are probably wishful thinking. That’s because the Cowboys’ current 2019 picks simply aren’t worth that much.

According to the traditional value chart for NFL Draft selections, here is what Dallas’ picks are worth:

2nd Rnd, 58th overall = 320 points

3rd Rnd, 90th overall = 140 pts

4th Rnd, 128th overall = 44 pts

4th Rnd, 136th overall = 37.5 pts

5th Rnd, 165th overall = 25 pts

7th Rnd, 241st overall = 1 pt

Spagnola: Not Sure Safety First Applies To Draft - Mickey Spagnola,

One of the Cowboys glaring needs is at safety, but is it a position they feel comfortable reaching on?

History would make one hesitant to suggest the Cowboys will definitely take a safety in the second round. The argument to take one would center around Heath and Frazier heading into the final year of their contracts. Nothing wrong with taking one in the third round or on the third day of the draft. That’s where the Cowboys have historically found their safeties Or as undrafted free agents, like Heath, Church, Elam, Davis, Scott, McCray, and if we want to go way back, Bill Bates, Michael Downs, Vince Albritton and, uh, if you can believe this, Cliff Harris.

My point is, don’t get hung up on the Cowboys just having to draft a safety with the 58th pick. It’s not like it is safety or bust. It’s not like they are so desperate for a safety they have to reach for one. That the position will put them over the top.

They would be wise to short-arm this draft.

Mock Draft Roundup: It’s Anyone’s Guess At 58 - David Helman,

Is there a consensus player that the media is mocking to the Cowboys at 58th overall?

Date of Mock: April 3

Pick: Mississippi State S Johnathan Abram

Comment: George Iloka may not be a long-term solution at safety, and with Johnathan Abram still on the board at #58 (one of Dallas’ 30 scheduled national visitors), it appears that value has intersected need. The former Bulldog has been labeled ”the hardest hitting safety in college football” and may provide the enforcement the Cowboys haven’t seen since the days of Darren Woodson. One can only hope that the remainder of the Draft is as beneficial to Dallas.

Saints’ Sean Payton to Dallas Cowboys rumors reach new level -

Sean Payton, Cowboys rumors.

On almost a yearly basis, someone around the NFL connects the dots from Payton (a former Dallas Cowboys assistant from 2003-2005) to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to the lack-of-conviction Dallas’ faithful may have in current head coach Jason Garrett.

But now, we’ve reached overdrive.

Payton, signed through the 2021 season, isn’t currently available to go anywhere.

But the Cowboys job could (and likely will) be open after the 2019 season. Despite a playoff season in 2018, Jones didn’t extend Garrett’s deal. The Cowboys coach is a lame duck, and everyone knows it.

During a radio interview in New Orleans, Payton was asked about speculation surrounding a possible exit to Dallas after this coming season.

The Super Bowl-winning Saints coach didn’t pass on the question.

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