Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) celebrates with running back DeMarco Murray (29) after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
It’s the weekend before the NFL Free Agency period begins. You’re sitting down, watching some NFL Network and the bar on the bottom of the screen starts to scroll… or maybe you’re doing something on your phone and a text alert pops up.
It’s that two word phrase that makes any sports junkie perk up like a dog hearing something going on in the kitchen…
Those two words get us every time. It rarely even involves the team you actually care about the most. Still, it’s breaking news… something big just happened.
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Truth be told, the free agency period has become similar to Black Friday. Black Friday isn’t really even on Friday any more. Stores open up on Thanksgiving barely before it’s even dark out. For the NFL, there is something referred to as the “legal tampering period.” Essentially, you can start negotiating with free agents before free agency starts.
None of these deals are set in stone (see Gore, Frank) but even the wink, wink agreement of a deal is enough for a football junkie to get the juices flowing again.
For Cowboys fans, this year has been somewhat odd so far. Most of us were hoping not that the team would not use the franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant. That is mostly because we all know he deserves his money but also so that it could be used in case we needed to retain running back DeMarco Murray.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that #88 will be back with the Cowboys next year. Guaranteed. Plus there is still time to get a long-term deal ironed out and maybe get some cap space back.
Speaking of Murray, the bad news is that he hasn’t resigned yet with the Cowboys. The good news? After those two words above, his name never appeared going elsewhere. In fact, nobody is talking about possible landing spots for Murray, which is odd, but it works to Dallas’ favor.
The one bit of news that was relevant to the Cowboys involved the offensive line. As was expected, Dallas had to make a choice between tackles Doug Free and Jermey Parnell and did so. Free will be back in Dallas on a three-year, $15 million deal that included $6 million guaranteed.
Parnell, meanwhile, got a massive deal from the Jaguars to the tune of $13 million guaranteed and $32 million over the next five years. Guess it pays to be associated with the best offensive line in football?
Then, late last night, came some more Cowboys related “Breaking News.” Tackle Tyron Smith restructured his deal which gives the Cowboys an additional $8M in cap space to play with.
So far, so good.
As for the actual free agency period, which starts today, Cowboys fans need to look a bit further down the trough so to speak. Name like Ndamukong Suh, Darrelle Revis, and Devin McCourty were never in play for Dallas, but they are off the market now anyways.
Who are the types of players Dallas should be looking at? Who fits the mold that this team is putting together when they go shopping for free agents?
Let’s take a look at three guys who could possibly have a Star on their helmet when it’s all said and done.
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