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Blogging The Boys: Top NFL free agents still left for the Cowboys
It's been a very quiet opening to free agency for the Cowboys. The biggest story was a player they didn't sign, safety Earl Thomas, who went to Baltimore for a huge contract that was far outside the parameters of what the Cowboys were going to pay. Outside of that, the Cowboys have lost Cole Beasley, Damien Wilson and Geoff Swaim, and they have signed a handful of their own plus Houston Texans defensive lineman Christian Covington.
But, there is still time. Now is when the prices really start to fall and the deals can be had. Three days ago we took a look at the top free agents still left at positions of need for the Cowboys.
Fansided: Dallas Cowboys: Trading Dak Prescott would be a Yoda move
In the early 1990's, the Dallas Cowboys were the model franchise that was worth copying. And why not, the team won three Super Bowls in four years. Besides leading the league in most Super Bowls in the 1990's, the Cowboys led the league in most draft picks in the first, second and third rounds from 1989 through 1993 with 24.
They used those picks to draft players like quarterback Troy Aikman, running backs Emmitt Smith and Daryl Johnston, offensive linemen Mark Stepnoski and Erik Williams, wide receiver Alvin Harper, defensive lineman Russell Maryland, linebackers Robert Jones, Darrin Smith and Dixon Edwards, and defensive backs Kevin Smith and Darren Woodson.
Blogging The Boys: With Tavon Austin coming back, how can Kellen Moore use him?
After a few days of speculation, it seems that it's become official that Tavon Austin is re-signing with the Cowboys. While contract details haven't yet emerged, the speedy player who's been used in several different positions will be keeping the star on his helmet next year.
The 2018 season was Austin's first year in Dallas after having spent all five years of his career with the Rams. As the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft, Austin was a bit of a disappointment in the NFL, with his best single-season receiving yards total only amounting to 509 yards.
Blogging The Boys: Cowboys news: Dallas gets active by signing DT Covington & re-signing WR Tavon Austin
Cowboys to sign veteran DL Christian Covington- Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The team began shopping free agency, agreeing to terms with defensive tackle Christian Covington.
The Cowboys are adding depth to their defensive line. The club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent defensive lineman Christian Covington, a part-time starter in the Texans' rotation since 2015.
Covington played defensive end in Houston's 3-4 rotation, but the 300-pounder is likely a better fit at tackle in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme.
Covington grew up in Vancouver but played college football at Rice in Houston.
Fansided: Dallas Cowboys sign a free agent defensive tackle with upside
It can be argued that the Dallas Cowboys' biggest need going into free agency is along their defensive line. That due in large part to the recent loss of defensive tackle David Irving (not re-signed and suspended) and defensive end Randy Gregory (suspended). But it also goes back to the Cowboys' playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, where the Dallas defense got ran all over to the tune of 273 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Despite the recent start of free agency, the Cowboys have been relatively quiet opting to re-sign some of their own players instead.
Dallas Morning News: Why the Dallas Cowboys are better off after re-signing Tavon Austin, letting Cole Beasley walk
Defogging the Cowboys' intentions is rarely easy, except on a football field, of course. And don't even get me started on Earl Thomas.
But Tavon Austin instead of Cole Beasley? Let's look at the reasons besides money, the obvious place to start.
Beasley was Dak Prescott's best bud, an asset to his development early. But his value diminished with the acquisition of Amari Cooper and drafting of Michael Gallup. Cooper can do everything Beasley does, and he's bigger, faster and stronger. Gallup's development over the second half of his rookie season also made him a more viable target.
Fansided: Dallas Cowboys: Free agency boosting price for Amari Cooper
Another year of free agency inactivity by the Dallas Cowboys hasn't been too bad. Cowboy Nation has been a quiet observer as the competition in the NFC East self destruct. Clearly, the most dominant story in the NFL headlines is the departure of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. leaving the New York Giants for the Cleveland Browns.
The Beckham move means that the Cowboys' Amari Cooper is currently the best wide receiver in the NFC East. That's even after the 32-year old wide receiver, DeSean Jackson returned to the Philadelphia Eagles from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Blogging The Boys: Six free agent safeties still available that are possible candidates for the Cowboys
Earl Thomas was a free agent, but the Dallas Cowboys didn't go get him. Instead, the Baltimore Ravens will pay the veteran safety $55 million over four years, with $32 M of it guaranteed. That's an average salary of $13.75 per year which was more than the Cowboys were willing to shell out for the former Seahawks All-Pro safety. Oh well, they tried. Sorta.
It's on to the next phase for the Cowboys as they continue to shop around for the right player at the right price. There are still some good options out there.
Fansided: Dallas Cowboys disturbingly undervalue the safety position
The last time the Dallas Cowboys fielded a worthy safety unit was 2016. It was Byron Jones' first and best full season at free safety, while Barry Church manned the box. J.J. Wilcox was the main relief, as Jeff Heath played less than 250 snaps and shined on special teams. Dallas miraculously got it right that season.
Of their own doing, they haven't come close in the other five seasons after 2012. 2016 was the only recent season that Dallas paired a high investment player (Jones) with a capable starter.
Blogging The Boys: Cowboys news: Earl Thomas dream shattered
Report: Earl Thomas To Sign With Ravens | 105.3 The Fan staff
It is done. And it was almost certainly the price tag that ended hopes for Cowboys fans.
The Cowboys dream of signing Earl Thomas is officially over as he will sign with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Adam Schefter.
Thomas agreed to sign a four-year, $55 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed with Baltimore, per Schefter.
2019 NFL Free Agency Grades: Ravens earn 'B+' for Mark Ingram, 'C+' for Earl Thomas, Jets get 'C+' for Le'Veon Bell - Pete Prisco, CBSSports.
Dallas Morning News: With Earl Thomas off the table, here's the next step the Dallas Cowboys must take this offseason
The long, slow dance between the Cowboys and Earl Thomas has come to an end.
The one player who could get the club to break from its miserly ways in free agency, the Pro Bowl safety with and an eye for the star and the talent and charisma to pry open the club's check book, has gone elsewhere.
Thomas will play for Baltimore. The Ravens' offer of four years for $55 million, with a guarantee of $32 million was too rich for the Cowboys' fiscally responsible blood.
The free agent watch is over. Sure, the Cowboys will pick off a player or two or three in the coming days and weeks, but the focus, as it has been for the previous six years, will be on signing their own.
Blogging The Boys: Meet Cowboys draft prospect Ben Banogu, plus a free agency strategy discussion
Free agency is in full swing, but we can't forget the draft is still coming. In that spirit, we talked to Ben Banogu, an edge player from TCU that is rising up draft boards. The guys from Talkin' The Star get into it with the player who will be visiting the Cowboys leading up to the drat. Then The 75O discusses the Cowboys free agency, especially after the news that Earl Thomas will not be coming to Dallas.<em><strong>Talkin' The Star</strong></em>
Ben Banogu joins the Talkin' The Star podcast to talk his awesome combine performance, preparation for his Pro Day, and his scheme fit in the NFL.
Fansided: Dallas Cowboys agree to terms with their swing tackle
The Dallas Cowboys have made a huge investment along their offensive line in recent years. With three first-round selections and a second rounder in 2018 starting along their O-Line, it's a unit that is the envy of most NFL teams.
The offensive line in Dallas includes perennial Pro Bowlers in left tackle Tyron Smith, right guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick. Starting right tackle La'el Collins appeared to be on the path of a possible Pro Bowl nod himself after 2017 but regressed last year. And last offseason, the Cowboys used their second-round selection on Connor Williams out of Texas, who started his rookie season at left guard.
Blogging The Boys: Source claims Teddy Bridgewater's people fear Sean Payton might be the Cowboys coach in 2020, not the Saints
Things are changing all around the National Football League with free agency in full effect. We've seen massive trades, deals many thought were impossible, and even a big-time quarterback find a new home.
One interesting player that has yet to settle in is Teddy Bridgewater. The former first-round pick most recently played with the New Orleans Saints and it stands to reason that they would like to keep him around with Drew Brees obviously nearing retirement age. While many thought that he would indeed stay in the Big Easy, he's reportedly visiting with the Miami Dolphins which has some people scratching their heads.
Blogging The Boys: Former Cowboys DL Jason Hatcher: You'll run through a wall for Dak but Romo, hell no
Once upon a time Rod Marinelli's Dallas Cowboys defense featured Jason Hatcher creating havoc in the middle of the line. Those were some fun times.
Hatcher joined the Cowboys as a third-round pick back in 2006, the same year that Tony Romo took over as the team's starting quarterback. That year holds a special place in many fans' minds as the franchise took a new direction with the new signal-caller.
Ultimately, Hatcher played eight years for the Cowboys, which included the transition into the Jason Garrett era, before heading to Washington in free agency before the 2014 season.