Von Miller at the Cowboys? Dallas does due diligence on star free agent pass thrower – Kevin Patra, NFL.com
The Cowboys could turn to Von Miller with the holeshot on the defensive end.
The Dallas Cowboys tipped and missed Randy Gregory’s return, but they could pursue a future Hall of Famer to take his place.
NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported on Tuesday that there has been overwhelming interest from Von Miller to sign in Dallas, where he has a home near the team’s facilities.
When asked if the Cowboys were pursuing Miller, a source told Slater the team “exercises due diligence”.
Miller helped the LA Rams win Super Bowl LVI after being traded from Denver. The 33-year-old future player has proven that he still has plenty of juice in his legs. He generated five sacks in eight games with LA and added four more in the Rams playoffs.
Randy Gregory reverses Cowboys decision and will join Denver Broncos in free agency – Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News
On a strange morning Tuesday, Randy Gregory leaves for the Broncos.
Gregory’s new deal with Denver would be worth the same as the Cowboys offered — five years, $70 million and a $28 million guarantee. The decision to move from Dallas to Denver stemmed from a disagreement over some terms of Gregory’s contract, which ended up being enough to deter Gregory from returning to the Cowboys and looking elsewhere.
Sources told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News that Gregory objected to a contract clause saying the team had the right to waive or withhold money if a player was fined by the NFL . The clause is a standard stipulation in most Cowboys contracts.
Connor Williams leaves Miami for a new contract – David Helman, DallasCowboys.com
As expected, the former second-round pick’s time with the Cowboys is coming to an end.
Williams has often drawn criticism during his four years in Dallas – particularly in 2021, when he was penalized 15 times during the season, 13 of which were penalized. Even still, Williams played in 60 of a possible 68 games during his four years with the Cowboys, 57 of which were starts. Most impressive of those accomplishments, he recovered from a torn ACL suffered on Thanksgiving Day 2019 in time to start all 16 games of the 2020 season.
Originally an All-American left tackle at Texas, the Cowboys targeted Williams with the No. 50 pick in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Dallas-Fort Worth area native made the transition to the custody, where it started on day one between Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick.
Losing Williams to free agency only underscores the Cowboys’ need on the interior offensive line. The duo of Williams and Connor McGovern handled the left guard role throughout last season, with mixed results coming from both players. With Williams gone, McGovern becomes the logical option to start in this role – although it also makes sense to think that left guard becomes one of this team’s greatest needs.
Randy Gregory debacle reveals Cowboys front office problems – Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Great insight into what the Gregory/Cowboys debacle shows on the Cowboys front office.
That’s just the latest symptom pointing to a major problem for the Cowboys. While the last few days have begun to reveal that there is indeed a plan for the team, this bit of underhanded maneuvering to gain an advantage, along with some ridiculous nickel-and-diming in other cases, unfortunately seems to do integral part of this plan. This is just the most recent and glaring example.
The first chapter in this year’s story about the seriousness of the situation for the Jones family, and in particular Stephen Jones, was the highly publicized incident where he spoke to the media about how Amari Cooper’s contracts and Lawrence were big problems for the salary cap. . He maintained his position that the cap is a hard line that the team must respect. Then the team proved how wrong this concept is. With some restructuring, the Cooper trade, and the Lawrence deal, they went from red in the cap space to one of the best cap situations in the league.
According to Over the Cap, they now have over $28 million in space, seventh most in the NFL. With La’el Collins set to be released at some point, that should go up, though how they handle that will determine if it’s just $1.3 million or $10 million. In any case, they now have the ability to do just about anything they want. Re-signing Gregory was apparently something that had new space reserved for it. Now they’ve blown that, and in addition to losing a key part of the defense, they have to do something to try to assuage what could be some bad feelings from Lawrence, who gave them a very favorable to the team. If part of selling Lawrence on his new contract was to bring Gregory back, he’s probably feeling a little burnt.
Dez Bryant predicts WR James Washington will sign with Cowboys – Jess Haynie, Inside The Star
Washington would make sense as a veteran WR3 or WR4.
While Dez may have biased enthusiasm about adding Washington to Dallas, it’s concerning that James was never a full-time starter despite being a 2nd-round pick. He is a regular part of the Pittsburgh WR rotation, but has just 25 starts in 60 career games.
Another concern is that Washington is more of an outside receiver and not the pure slots guy who would no doubt complement CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup next season. But given Gallup’s ACL injury and fears he won’t be ready for Week 1, Washington could end up playing other roles.
After leading the Steelers with 735 receiving yards in 2019, Washington’s production has plummeted over the past two seasons. Interestingly, his career year in Pittsburgh was the same season that Ben Roethlisberger missed 14 games. However, this drop also coincides with Chase Claypool as a new weapon in the Pittsburgh offense. Claypool was a 2020 2nd round pick.
Cowboys 2022 free agency signings: Malik Hooker back on 2-year deal – Dave Halprin, The Boys Blogging
One good thing to come out of Tuesday was that the Cowboys brought Malik Hooker back.
The Cowboys have to believe what they saw from Hooker last season to offer a two-year deal, before they even signed Kazee or Kearse.
Hooker was a first-round talent who struggled to stay healthy and that’s why he was available for the Cowboy to sign in the first place last offseason. He started three games last year and appeared in 15 of them, but never racked up many stats. He had one interception but he was playing much better as the season progressed.
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