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Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboy Purgatory

As much as I love football…on my beautiful babies.. I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal #fact

Earlier this week Cowboys All Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant tweeted that pending a long term deal, he would not suit up for any regular season games. It was only another 48 hours until Dez and the Cowboys were signing on the dotted line. Dez Bryant landed a five year deal that is going to end up worth over $70 million dollars by the end of the contract — $32 million of it fully guaranteed. So, great. Dez is coming back to the Cowboys. What does this do the most scrutinized team in the NFL?

In short, the resigning of Dez Bryant keeps Dallas on the level. Dez, who turns 27 this coming November, is coming into his sixth season in the NFL. Thus far the 6’2 wide out has shown the ability to be a consistent #1 threat on offense, routinely leaping over defenders and bullying his way into the end zone. Last season Dez had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and 16 TDS — huge numbers in one of QB Tony Romo’s best years.

However, bringing Dez back also cost the Dallas Cowboys another All Pro: DeMarco Murray. The Dallas Cowboys picked up Murray in the 3rd round in 2011 and waited years for the running back to assume the leading man role. He finally did last year, rushing for almost 1,900 yards with 13 scores. Now Murray is a rival, wanting more than what Dallas could offer. In his place the Cowboys are attempting to run out a hodgepodge of veteran journeyman backs: Darren McFadden, Ryan Williams, and finally team favorite Joseph Randle. To say that this is a downgrade would be an under statement.

So the Cowboy receiving corps retained its best weapon and in exchange lost one of the most brutal, powerful backs in the NFL. Tony Romo is another year older and coming off of the best year of his NFL career — posting a 113 QB rating with 3,700 yards and a 34TD/9INT ratio. Dallas will be pinning their Division title hopes on Romo repeating, or coming close to those statistics, and the 12 year veteran will have a tough time in doing so.

As a result Dallas finds themselves in an unenviable position. The Cowboys have a ton of money committed to Bryant and Romo, the most between any QB/WR in NFL history, and they are facing one of the tougher divisions in the NFL. Not bad enough to tank and not quite good enough to make a Super Bowl run, the Cowboys are once again in NFL purgatory.

Will La’el Collins Help Cowboys’ Running Game?

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The Cowboys recently signed undrafted offensive lineman La’el Collins. As you may have heard, Collins was the 1st round talent who was not drafted due to a poorly timed murder investigation. His name has since been cleared and after visiting with several teams, he decided to sign with the Cowboys. Collins is expected to become the starter at guard, strengthening the best offensive line even further.

The Cowboys are poised to have one of the top running games in the league once again. All they need now is a running back. Or do they?

Many people expected the Cowboys to make a push for Adrian Peterson. That didn’t happen. After that, most assumed they would take an RB in the draft. The only question seemed to be if they would take one in the 1st round or wait until the later rounds. Well, they opted not to trade up for Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon and then surprised many people by drafting offensive tackle Chaz Green in the 3rd round over many of the talented running backs that went in the same round.

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After that, they passed on all of the running backs in the 4th-7th rounds to end the draft with nothing more at the position then when they started. This has many people wondering what their plan really is. They have arguably the best offensive line in the league and no one to take advantage of it.

So what do they currently have? They have Darren McFadden and a stable of unproven talent which they hope to use as a committee but insiders are starting to talk about one player that could potentially be a huge sleeper.
That running back is Ryan Williams. The former 2nd round stud running back who nearly lost his career due to injuries. People are saying Ryan Williams has put on weight and looks like he did back in his rookie year. If this is true and his body can hold up, he will be placed behind the best run blocking offensive line in the league and will have no choice but to succeed tremendously.

This is really going out on a limb but if you are bold enough, a fully recovered and healthy Ryan Williams should be able to rival ex-Cowboys running back Demarco Murray’s rushing title from last season.

Although Williams has a chance to shine, the Cowboys could also go back to the free agent pool and find a guy like Knowshon Moreno or Chris Johnson – a couple of previously productive free agent running backs that could end up without a team by the preseason.

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