What a week! Most Cowboy fans have been sweating the situation with DeMarcus Lawrence and whether a deal could be struck. Jerry Jones came through again.
There were many question marks about the future of Lawrence after the Cowboys traded for Robert Quinn from the Dolphins last week. There was obviously reasons for concern after reports came out that Lawrence and the Cowboys weren’t close to a deal. Then news broke that the Cowboys acquired Quinn for a 2020 sixth round pick and many presumed Lawrence gone. Talks picked up heat on Friday and finished with a deal that works well for both sides. Lawrence was inked for a five year deal worth $105 million with $65 million guaranteed. That was obviously the highlight of the week, but it was still a busy week for America’s Team.
Dallas signed punter Kasey Redfern as a veteran to compete with 29 year old Chris Jones. Many see this as just a competition signing intended to push Jones after a lackluster 2018 season. Still, Jones is far from a sure thing to remain on the team, especially after Dan Bailey was cut from the team. While not a sexy offseason story, this one is still obviously one that could have a great impact on the season.
Quinn and Gregory
As mentioned above, the addition of Quinn was a puzzling acquisition. It was certainly a position of need, with Randy Gregory being suspended again. Quinn started all 16 games for the Dolphins last season with 38 tackles, 6.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Quinn’s trade is proving to be less about trying to replace Lawrence, and more about filling the void left by Gregory.
Speaking of Gregory, the most puzzling signing of the week was likely the Cowboys decision to extend Gregory into 2020. Gregory is an obvious talent and a terror to opposing quarterbacks. Gregory also suffers from well documented personal demons that have kept him off the field. This signing is obviously a vote of confidence from the Cowboys in Gregory both on and off the field. The upside is tremendous and Gregory doesn’t cost much.
Dallas is crushing this offseason. The Cowboys have quietly had one of the best off-seasons in the NFL and the NFL Draft has yet to happen. The Cowboys are obviously trying to be a serious contender in the NFC to make the Super Bowl. 18 days until the draft!