Consider this post a celebratory post. There is finally some actual football to discuss. Last night the ‘Boys added six undrafted free agents, with more coming today. The team’s first practice is in two days. And, most importantly, they can begin signing unrestricted free agents on Friday. In other words, BIG week. But, we are already knew that. Let’s get to some links and other randomness on this glorious labor strife free Tuesday morning.
Clarence E. Hill of the Star Telegram says that the fans are the real losers in the lockout. Hill thinks the on field product will suffer from not having an off-season. He also said that this stuff could’ve been wrapped up in March. I can’t disagree with that part, but the on-field play should be fine. After all, these are some of the greatest athletes the world has ever seen. They might be a little rusty the first couple of weeks, but they’ll be at a high level before the season is half way over. And, if they show any sign of life whatsoever over the first eight weeks, they’ll be off to a better start than last year.
But the losers in 2011 are the fans. What’s even worse is the arrogance the league and players showed with this whole process by threatening to take the beloved game away.
They knew you, the fan, would be celebrating Christmas in July when they announced on Monday the saving of a season that should have never been in jeopardy in the first place.
Enjoy your champagne.
Just don’t expect a Broadway show in 2011.
Here is a list of the Cowboys’ free agents.
Even though the new rules will make practicing much easier on the players, the ‘Boys are still expecting a tough training camp led by Jason Garrett.
New Cowboys’ linebacker, Bruce Carter, may not be in camp as early as some of the other rookies.
Nick Eatman of DC.com discusses the ramifications of cutting Roy Williams. He is the most expensive piece of depth in NFL history.
Personally, I think the Cowboys will part ways with Williams. Not sure why I just think it’s something that will happen. But if so, it will leave the Cowboys with a big void at the receiver position, especially right away. You can count on Miles Austin and Dez Bryant to make highlight plays, but Bryant hasn’t proven he can always be healthy and even Austin had his share of bumps and bruises early in his career.
Check back here in a bit for a brief look at the undrafted free agents that were signed by the Cowboys yesterday.