This Week in Cowboy football
The Dallas cowboys roster for 2015 got a lot clearer this week. The re-signing of defensive tackle Nick Hayden and the signings of defensive back Corey White and linebacker Andrew Gachkar rounded out the defensive side of the ball. Nothing compares to the possible impact the signing of Greg Hardy could have on the Cowboy defense this fall. He is a Pro Bowl pass rusher with some ugly baggage, but the contract is unprecedented in the extent to which it goes in protecting the team should Hardy be suspended or not produce on the field.
Cornerback Sterling Moore signed a contract with the Buccaneers and defensive end George Selvie became the newest player to jump ship to an NFC East rival in the Giants. While popular with the fan base, both players did not portray the consistent play needed to last in the Cowboys’ system, at least at the price they command. Selvie’s departure came on the heels of the Hardy signing. Moore’s signing indicates that the team is still figuring out the cornerback situation, which is heavily impacted by Brandon Carr’s contract, Morris Claiborne’s uncertainty, and the question marks behind them on the depth chart.
Stephen Jones and the rest of the front office should still be hunting their own in Anthony Spencer and Rolando McClain. Both players would bring consistency to the front 7 and can make huge plays. McClain is looking less likely to sign, but nothing has indicated that he is about to sign with anyone else. Spencer will need to accept a very reasonable contract to return. Beyond that, the organization will be focusing on scouting the players in the draft.
What to Ignore
Anything about the Greg Hardy case. It is a settled legal issue and not really anyone’s business. It shouldn’t affect him as a player, although he is facing an unlikely 6-game ban. Trashing a sports figure won’t stop domestic violence. It is up to all of us to be nonviolent, especially with those that we love.
Comments made by the Giants’ owner about “mediocre” players in free agency. They’re mostly just sour grapes taking the form of false wisdom. The subsequent signing of George Selvie proved the hypocrisy of his words.
Mock drafts. The “experts” turn in a failing percentage and the random yahoos on the internet create abstract trades and base decisions on highlight reels. The Cowboys would do well to scout all positions and identify their best fits. It’s a big job and Will McClay has been really earning his money recently as the head of the Cowboys scouting department. In the end, just be patient and find something nice to do. The draft will come and we can meet the newest Cowboys at that time.