Can you believe DeMarcus Ware was released four years ago by the Dallas Cowboys?
Time flies, and not a whole lot of fun has really been had while it’s been doing so. Since that infamous day in the offseason of 2014, Ware has won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos and retired, while the Cowboys have continued to try to find their own way.
There are many a Cowboys fan that are still bitter over the team moving on from the franchise’s all-time sack leader. He did help win a ring; he obviously had gas left in the tank, but it was a business move and everyone did their best to understand that at the time.
We’re seemingly in a similar boat these days as Stephen Jones keeps saying things that make it seem like Dez Bryant could be the odd man out when the Cowboys fortify their 2018 plans. What once seemed an impossibility suddenly has traction as a real thing.
According to The Times-Picayune’s Josh Katzenstein, New Orleans Saints star defensive end Cameron Jordan recently underwent minor foot surgery.
The surgery happened within the past two weeks, after Jordan rode in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras, and the All-Pro is now wearing a protective boot and using a scooter to help get around.
Still, Jordan is expected to recover from the operation within four to six weeks, according to the source. That timeline indicates he’ll be healthy in time for the start of the Saints’ offseason program this spring.
Katzenstein further reports that the surgery was elective and had more to do with pain tolerance.
Jordan, who turns 29 at the end of July, is facing a 4-6 week recovery window. He’s arguably coming off of the best season of his career, notching 13.0 sacks (fourth-best in the NFL) for the Saints defense.
Starters: Sean Smith, Gareon Conley, TJ Carrie (slot)
Backups: Dexter McDonald, Antonio Hamilton, Shaquille Richardson, Darius Hillary
Free agents: TJ Carrie
It was a rocky season for Sean Smith in his second season with the Raiders since he was a big money free agent addition in the 2016 offseason. He came off the bench half the season and routinely got burnt for big yards. His two interceptions both came in the same game in which he also gave up a couple big catches.
Carrie was the most consistent presence in the secondary while Smith and fellow starter David Amerson struggled and especially after Amerson was lost for the second half of the season to a foot injury.
Conley was the team’s top pick at 24 overall. He suffered a shin injury in minicamp that had him out all of training camp.
For a team in the market for a No. 1 cornerback, the Colts may have found the answer to their prayers after the recent transactions around the NFL. It was announced yesterday that the Kansas City Chiefs will be trading their All-Pro corner Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for an unannounced bundle of draft picks.
Not only did this change the home for the 2015 Defensive Rookie of the Year, but almost ensures that the Rams will be moving on from their own starting cornerback, Trumaine Johnson. The Rams have used two consecutive franchise tags on the 2012 third-round pick from the University of Montana and, with safety Lamarcus Joyner expected to be franchise-tagged this time around, Johnson will head to the open market for the first time in his career. And for the Colts, bringing in the hard-hitting corner is just what they need to bolster their secondary.