Keanu Neal set to sign with Bucs – Josh Alper, PFT

Keanu Neal will attempt his transition to safety with Tampa Bay.

The Buccaneers are about to add another veteran defensive player.

Keanu Neal’s agents have announced that their client reached an agreement with Tampa. No terms of the agreement were disclosed.

Neal played safety for five seasons at Atlanta after joining the team as a first-round pick in 2016, but moved to linebacker at Dallas last season. He had 72 tackles and a sack in 14 appearances for the Cowboys and has 410 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks and four fumble recoveries for his career.

The Bucs signed safety Logan Ryan to go with Antoine Winfield Jr. earlier this offseason and have linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White back, so Neal’s exact fit on defense will likely be determined in the coming months.

5 sophomores to watch for the Cowboys – Rob Phillips, DallasCowboys.com

The Cowboys players are looking to make that “second year leap”.

Jabril Cox

Cox, a fourth-round pick last year, played just seven games and nine total defensive snaps before tearing an ACL in his right knee on Halloween night against the Vikings. His injury rehabilitation is going well and it looks like the Cowboys have bigger plans for him in 2022.

“It should be a big plus for us this year. Will fill in where Keanu (Neal) left off,” Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones told reporters last month. “A good off-season will do him good. Really like its advantage.

Neal, a converted safety who played about 50% of linebacker’s snaps last year, is an unrestricted free agent. There is an opportunity for Cox to replace his production. The Cowboys love his coverage skills and reach, and one of his nine defensive snaps last year was a terrific goal-line play that stopped Giants quarterback Daniel Jones’ rush to the end zone.

Dallas Cowboys 2022 7-Round Mock Draft: Dallas Trades & Surprises Reid Hanson, Sport DFW

This name has appeared a few times recently in Cowboys simulations.

With the 24th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys TRADE their first-round pick to Detroit for picks 32 and 66…

Dallas Cowboys Pick 32: Bernhard Raimann, OT/OG

Central Michigan

PFF Ranking: 13, Brugler Ranking: 29, TDN Ranking: 67

Berhard Raimann isn’t high on many Dallas Cowboys fans’ wish lists, so this will immediately ruffle feathers. But the front office’s interest in the Austrian-born tackler is real and cannot be ignored (he has 30 visits).

The former TE turned OT has gone through a tremendous transformation and has thrived every step of the way. He seems to have only scratched the surface of his potential and should be a top talent in the NFL in no time.

The Dallas Cowboys have indicated they want to tackle the offensive line early in the draft and with the lack of a viable left guard on the roster, it’s the interior offensive line that most believe will be targeted. But as we explained yesterday in “Why offensive tackle may be the Dallas Cowboys’ real target in the draft,“Drafting a tackle who can temporarily play guard might be the most valuable approach the Cowboys can take.

NFC Roster Reset: Biggest signings/losses, burning question for every team ahead of 2022 NFL Draft – Kevin Patra, NFL.com

A look at the roster moves and the big question ahead.

Biggest additions/signatures: Michael Gallup, WR; From Marcus Lawrence, DE; Dalton Schultz, ET

Biggest losses: Amari Cooper, WR; Randy Gregory, LB; La’el Collins, OT

2022 draft picks: 9

BURNING QUESTION: What’s the plan on the offensive line?

Much of the offseason in Dallas has focused on reshuffling receivers, but the biggest issue in my book is the offensive line. The squad struggled to stay consistent last season and have yet to receive any significant upgrades. Right tackle La’el Collins was cut and Connor Williams signed to Miami. Williams was not going to be retained after his struggles, but the Cowboys now have a glaring hole. For years, Dallas boasted a talented O line that allowed Dak Prescott to perform unscathed. Now, attrition and age have set in, and it’s a unit on the verge of faltering. I’d be amazed if the Cowboys didn’t use at least one of their first two picks in the draft to plug a hole and/or add depth up front.

How the 1989 Draft Shaped the Cowboys Dynasty – Jeff Sullivan, DallasCowboys.com

A trip to the past.

For three decades, the Dallas Cowboys dynasty of the 1990s was attributed in large part to the Herschel Walker trade, aka “The Great Trade Robbery,” and the draft picks that came with it. This is also partly correct. No one disputes that Emmitt Smith, Russell Maryland, Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson, all selected with picks from the deal, failed to help win three Super Bowls.

However, somewhat lost in history is the 1989 NFL Draft, the one that preceded the most memorable and lopsided trade since the Louisiana Purchase.

It was the first under Jimmy Johnson, less than two months after Jerry Jones bought the team. The upheaval for the Cowboys and the NFL in the seven weeks between the February sale and the April draft is nothing short of mind-boggling. Jones buys Cowboys, fires Tom Landry, hires Johnson, Pete Rozelle announces he will soon step down as league commissioner after more than 29 years, Randy White, Ring of Honor and Hall of Famer, retires after 14 seasons with Dallas, and Cowboys president Tex Schramm, the first or second most powerful man in professional football for 30 years, resigns.

Phew. Rapid breathing.

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