Report: Cowboys’ Jerry Jones Said CBA Talks Would ‘Get Bad’ If Players Voted No - Tyler Conway, Bleacher Report
Jerry Jones had a talk with the player’s council before the vote on turning the CBA over to the union. It wasn’t a happy tune.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reportedly struck an ominous tone in a meeting with player reps before they voted on whether to send the proposed NFL collective bargaining agreement to the entire union.
An agent told Mike Sando of The Athletic:
”Jerry said to the players, ‘Listen, you are all going to get more money, you are going to win.’ ... He told them if they wanted to vote against, that was their right, but then it was going to get bad. He said he wasn’t threatening them, just saying what was going to happen. He said there were certain things he wanted in the deal that he could not have, like caps on what every position can make. The players still had 15 of 32 reps not vote for it ... but I thought what Jerry said was very interesting.”
Is a Dez Bryant reunion really in the cards for the Cowboys?
Thinking about the return of Dez, what about using Dez at TE? I think with his frame and ability, it might be a natural progression. He could also be that X-factor motivational component this team needs. –DEREK DONALD / FORT WORTH, TX
David: What you really mean is a big slot. Nobody in their right mind would put Dez in a three-point stance against a defensive end and expect him to hold up. But he could play more of a flexed role and use his size as a mismatch against nickel backs and safeties, particularly in the red zone. If Dez were to play again, I think that would be a nice role for him. I don’t think it would be here, though. I’d have to see him sign before I believed the Cowboys were actually willing to do it.
Jonny: I personally think Dez has a valid point that he could provide a similar sense of leadership and reliability that Jason Witten provided last season, and I think it’s a bit unfair to guffaw at the comparison. I don’t expect him to be a Dallas Cowboy. Mike McCarthy represents a new start and he’s not handcuffed to anything from the previous regime. If McCarthy were still coaching the Packers I don’t think he’d sign a 31-year-old receiver whose torn an Achilles and seems to attract cameras.
Film room: 5 possible Cowboys draft targets, including a big winner from the NFL combine who could replace Maliek Collins - John Owning, DMN
Some possible draft prospects post-combine, including a defensive tackle.
Measuring in at a well put together 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds with 33.5-inch arms and nine-inch hands, Madubuike ran an incredibly impressive 4.83 40-yard dash (96th percentile among defensive tackles since 1999, per MockDraftable), and his 1.73 10-yard split (64th percentile) wasn’t too shabby either. Most notably, Madubuike ran an incredible 7.37 in the three-cone drills, which is the fastest time by a DT in the last two years, per Next Gen Stats.
Moreover, research shows that for defensive tackles under 310 pounds, their speed score (40-yard dash adjusted for weight) and time in the three-cone drill are the combine metrics that translate most to NFL success, per Rotoworld, and Madubuike performed very well in both metrics.
While he didn’t compete in the short-shuttle, vertical or broad jumps, he did go through the position drills, where he showcased impressive fluidity, body control and change of direction ability, showing impressive bend and burst for a 293-pound man as well.
Not only is he a great athlete, but he also has a good amount of production to go with positing two straight seasons with 10+ tackles for loss and 5+ sacks. There’s a lot to like on tape too, as he shows an ability to impact the run and pass games at the next level as a three-technique.
With Maliek Collins scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in a couple of weeks, Madubuike would be an appropriate replacement in the second round.
The Cowboys will likely be looking for corners in the draft, and fortunately quite a few at the combine tested well.
C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida: The former Gator weighed in at a solid 204 pounds in Indianapolis and yet he still managed to run a 4.39 40 (tied for third fastest among DBs). His 20 bench-press reps showed some dedication in the weight room, as well. Henderson was also the most impressive corner in on-field drills, looking smooth in transition and catching just about everything thrown his way. He needed a good day to secure a first-round selection — and he got it.
Troy Pride, CB, Notre Dame: Scouts likely were not thrilled with this former Fighting Irish defender’s senior year tape. However, his work at the Senior Bowl and the combine may have helped him get back in their good graces. Pride’s athleticism was on full display, both on the runway (4.40 40 at 193 pounds) and in the field drills. He made a Willie Mays-type catch on a deep throw, and was solid catching the ball all day. His fluid hips were also on display during drills.
A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson: Everyone saw Terrell struggle against LSU stud receiver Ja’Marr Chase in the national title game. However, teams should appreciate the difficult task he had that night, and he has plenty of tape to like in other contests. His combine performance should also help alleviate concerns about his game. He ran a 4.42 40 at 6-1, 195 pounds (1.49 10-yard split), which was impressive. Terrell exhibited soft hands throughout the on-field workouts, including a couple of high-pointed balls on deep throws. He let his center of gravity get too high in some transition drills, and lost his balance once. The former Tiger rebounded after that, however, to finish strong.
Grant Delpit was an early favorite for mocks and the Cowboys, but is he falling out of favor with teams?
1:30 PM ET (via Tony Pauline): Concerns around Grant Delpit?
I’m hearing a lot of concerns about LSU safety Grant Delpit and many of those concerns run parallel to the criticisms of Greedy Williams from last year. For Delpit, he is being criticized by many as not being tough or a good tackler – and I would agree with the latter.
Before the Combine began, I was told that Delpit was likely not going to test well. As we know, he ended up pulling out of Combine workouts with an ankle issue. It will be interesting to see what his marks are once he runs for scouts.
Michael Gallup is heading for stardom in the eyes of many.
Gallup is one of the brightest spots on the Cowboys roster. He was good last season and it’s reasonable to assume he’ll be better in 2019. Last year, he and Amari Cooper each accumulated 1,000-yard seasons with Dak Prescott. The Cowboys have expressed that their goal is to bring back Prescott, Cooper, and Randall Cobb. Gallup will be back regardless. If all of those players return and Mike McCarthy adds a creative flair to the gameplan, then Gallup’s next step forward could make the Cowboys’ offense the most dangerous in the NFL.
Turns out Tony Romo is getting even a few more dollars than earlier reported.
Michael Thomas is going to be even more upset.
The Saints receiver bristled at the news that the Tony Romo will make $17 million per year under his new deal with CBS. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post now reports that the deal is worth $18 million per year, over 10 years.
It’s actually $17.5 million per year in salary, with other perks valued at $500,000 per year. Romo’s initial three-year deal with CBS paid out a total of $10 million.
ESPN, which wanted to pursue Romo but never got a chance to officially do so because CBS re-signed him before ESPN could try, has reported that Romo’s new deal covers the next three seasons only, and that the next seven become triggered by a new CBS deal to broadcast NFL games.
Chris Harris Jr., anyone?
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