The Dallas Cowboys will have a complicated offseason agenda, much like any of the other 31 teams that don’t win the Super Bowl will. They have a few coaching vacancies to fill, Senior Bowl talent to scout, evaluations to make for their own roster, the Combine, free agency, and hosting the 2018 Draft to name a few. Before any of those things take place, let’s take a stab at predicting the answers to some of the Cowboys’ looming offseason questions:
The Cowboys won’t be making any moves with Dez Bryant
Dez Bryant signed a lucrative five-year, $70-million deal following his monster 2014 season where he had 88 receptions, 1,320 yards, and 16 touchdowns. Since then, Bryant has failed to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark for three consecutive seasons while missing ten games due to various injuries. After a year in which Bryant was targeted 132 times, only snagging 52.
With the NFL offseason in full swing, the next big event on deck for the 30 non-Super Bowl teams is the annual Senior Bowl.
The college all-star game of college seniors will once again be held at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The game takes place on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET. But while the game has importance, so too do the practices taking place throughout the week.
It’s actually during these practices when nearly every NFL team has some kind of presence to not only watch NFL hopefuls in action, but also to interview them throughout the week. You can watch these practices live on the NFL Network.
The Cincinnati Bengals don’t have any coaching presence in this game like they did in last week’s East-West Shrine Game.
I have told you before that we do theme posts across all of the NFL sites on SB Nation from time to time. The one for today is my favorite Titans Super Bowl moment. The Titans have only been in one Super Bowl, so the choice for me is pretty easy.
That was the moment that sold me on Steve McNair. How many quarterbacks could get away from those two defensive lineman?!? I’ll tell you, none other than Air McNair.
What I really can’t wait for is the next time the Titans are in the Super Bowl so that we have more than just the game from 2000 to talk about. That game obviously ended in heart break.
The Kansas City Chiefs are going to have an interesting decision this offseason with LB Dee Ford. The Chiefs announced last summer they exercised Ford’s fifth-year option which would cover the 2018 season. Let’s talk about what that means.
The fifth-year option is new to the 2011 CBA and is in there for first round picks only. The standard rookie deal is four years so this is an extra year for teams if they want it.
However, it comes at a cost. For top 10 draft picks, the fifth year is the average of the top 10 highest paid players at their position. For the rest of the first round, it’s the average of the third through 25th highest paid players at that position.
For Dee Ford, that number is expected to be $8.7 million. That’s the cap hit for keeping Ford next season. (If he were a top 10 pick, it would be over $12 million).