Yeah, that’s gonna be a no from me, dog.
DeMarcus Lawrence has only been under contract for since April, but his deal is already being highlighted as one of the worst in the NFL.
With the 2019 season approaching, Bleacher Report is going through and analyzing each NFL team to find the worst contract. This should be a straightforward process, but there are some rules dictating the approach by writer Brad Gagnon. For example, any deal that pays less than $5 million per year is discarded. That’s pocket change in the era of massive salary caps.
For the Dallas Cowboys, Lawrence’s deal is one of the highlighted contracts due to the amount of money being given to a relatively young pass rusher with a history of injuries. The former second-round pick’s deal is for five years and $105 million with $65 million guaranteed. He is locked up through the 2024 season and will have plenty of time to justify this money. For now, however, B/R isn’t convinced that the contract was a smart move.
Former Cowboys, Raiders LB Rolando McClain Wants to Make NFL Comeback - Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report
The Cowboys still own Rolando McClain’s rights.. Would they be interested in a reunion?
The 29-year-old University of Alabama product told Zenitz he’s been in contact with the NFL Players Association about reinstatement and wants a chance to write a new ending to his football career.
”I’m nowhere near satisfied with how my professional career has gone,” McClain said. “That’s for myself. That’s me looking in the mirror and talking to my boys. Nah, that’s not the taste I want to leave in my mouth.”
The Alabama native was expected to return for the Ravens in 2014 but changed his mind and remained retired.
”I gotta follow my heart. It ain’t football,” he told ESPN’s Seth Wickershamat the time. “If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. ... This means I’m done.”
However, after Baltimore traded him to the Cowboys in July 2014, McClain did return to the gridiron and played two seasons in Dallas
BTB’s Danny Phantom crushes the idea of a McClain reunion to the Cowboys.
The Cowboys still own his rights, but would there be anything to gain by seeing him back in a Cowboys uniform? The linebacker group is as stacked as it’s been in a long time thanks to the emergence of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith. The team’s former star linebacker Sean Lee is now a SAM linebacker who should only see the field in a reduced role. In a best case scenario, McClain would be fighting for playing time with the reserves and would need to contribute on special teams to justify keeping a roster spot.
And while the upside is appealing, the downside just isn’t worth it. McClain has demonstrated on multiple occasions that he just can’t stay out of trouble. He’s been arrested for third-degree assault and charged with reckless endangerment and discharging a firearm inside city limits. He’s been arrested for drug charges, and he just does stupid things like giving the police a false name when pulled over.
The Cowboys are no strangers to giving players second chances, but with McClain, he’s already used them up. It’s hard to imagine Jason Garrett taking another chance and allowing a toxic player like McClain into the locker room. We wish him the best, but as far as seeing him in a Cowboys uniform again, that time has passed. Plus, his number is already taken.
With Randy Gregory still technically suspended, and DeMarcus Lawrence still recovering from shoulder surgery, who will be available week one to rush the passer?
David Helman: I spent most of the offseason worrying about DeMarcus Lawrence, but I’m starting to feel some optimism. Hanging around the facility, you can see him working through his rehab and it’s easy to feel hopeful that he’ll be ready for Week 1. I do worry about Tyrone Crawford. They say “no news is good news,” but I’m not sure that’s true when it comes to the NFL. It wouldn’t be surprising to learn that he’s facing at least a one or two game suspension. In light of all that, I’m thinking the initial four-man front against New York on Sept. 8 is D-Law, Maliek Collins, Antwaun Woods and Robert Quinn. If Lawrence is ready, the rest will fall into place.
FORGET “SLUMP,” OL CONNOR WILLIAMS LOOKING TO MAKE SOPHOMORE JUMP IN 2019 - Kevin Brady, Inside the Star
Second-year OL Connor Williams is ready to prove his worth in his sophomore season.
Dallas went into the 2018 NFL Draft with a goal to sure-up their offensive line, giving their young backfield ample opportunity to flourish moving forward. By draft Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams, they believed they had solved the issue.
Williams was heralded as a “plug and play” guard heading into the season, and was the unquestioned starter beside Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. His first few starts made many question just how “plug and play” he was, however. While Williams certainly wasn’t bad at the beginning of his rookie year, he was, well, a rookie after all.
Connor Williams was bullied on bull-rushes and struggled getting any movement off the line of scrimmage in the run game. Being underweight for an interior lineman, Williams’ issues probably should have been expected, but regardless the fanbase grew tireless of his mistakes quickly.
After coming back from injury late in his rookie season, though, Williams played some of the best football he had all year. He earned back his starting guard spot from Xavier Su’a-Filo, and was the clear choice to start in both postseason games. He even held his own, and was downright impressive at times, against the top tier defensive lines of Seattle and Los Angeles during those playoffs.
Is there a position the Cowboys may look to go deep at in 2019?
Rob: Coaches will tell you they really try to keep the best 53 players when it’s time for final cuts. The team’s health coming out of preseason will determine a lot, but ‘the best 53’ is never entirely possible because, to your point, you can’t keep 10 receivers even if all deserve to be there. I’ll give you another deep position: offensive line. You can go a little heavy at a position, especially if there’s a young player you don’t want to risk on waivers, but it just means you’ve got to go light somewhere else.
Get to know rookie pass rusher Joe Jackson!
Bet You Didn’t Know: Jackson had some company in his move from Florida to Texas. His new home near the Cowboys’ facility include all five of his pets. Jackson said he has two dogs, two ferrets and a cat. “It was a little tough at first but they all get along with each other. But I love it. I just love animals.”