Despite a lack of actual activity, the Tony Romo situation has dominated local headlines -- and likely headlines in Denver and Houston. But it’s been a busy start to the new NFL league year, and several other players on the Cowboys’ 2017 roster have been impacted.
Here’s a breakdown of the players the Cowboys have signed, and who they’ve lost, this offseason:
OL Ronald Leary
Signed a four-year, $35 million deal with Denver. Leary, who lost his starting job to La’el Collins in 2015 but started 12 games last season. The Broncos were in need of offensive line help, and the 27-year-old Leary should provide that.
Ronald Leary Broncos deal: $36M, $24M gtd, $3.5M signing bonus, salaries $2.5M, $7.65M, $8.15M, $8.15M; $5M roster bonus March 15— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 10, 2017
DT Jack Crawford
Signed a three-year, $10 million deal with Atlanta. Crawford recorded 9.5 sacks in his three seasons with Dallas. He started 11 games in 2016-17 before leaving for the Falcons.
DT Terrell McClain
Signed a four-year, $21 million deal with Washington. With McClain and Crawford gone, the Cowboys lose both of the primary starting interior defensive lineman in their 4-3 scheme. McClain started 15 games last season.
DE Ryan Davis
Agreed to contract terms with Buffalo, according to DallasCowboys.com. Davis plays a position of need for the Cowboys, defensive end, but wasn’t a major contributor in 2016-17. He played in just nine games and didn't make a start.
Bills did a two-year deal for Ryan Davis— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 13, 2017
S Barry Church
Signed a two-year contract with Jacksonville. Church has been a staple in the Cowboys’ secondary for the last four years, recording 330 tackles and five interceptions in that time. He’s arguably been the Cowboys’ best, most consistent defensive player since 2013 (since Sean Lee has missed 24 games over the same span).
Barry Church Jaguars deal: $26M, $12M gtd, salaries $5M (gtd), $4.5M (gtd), $5.75M, $6.25M; $2.5M 2017 fifth day, $31,250 per game active— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 13, 2017
S J.J. Wilcox
Signed a two-year, $6.25 million contract with Tampa Bay. Wilcox started just four games last season with Byron Jones’ move to full-time safety. Still, with Church’s departure, Wilcox’s exit leaves the Cowboys thin at the safety position.
J.J. Wilcox Buccaneers deal: $6.25M, $3.125M gtd, salaries $2.125M (gtd), $3.125M; $1M 2017 seventh day of league year, $1M incentive— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 13, 2017
CB Brandon Carr
Heading to Baltimore on a four-year deal. Carr started all 80 games in his five years as a Cowboy. Carr's departure, and that of fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne, grows the gaping hole that free agency is leaving on the Cowboys' secondary.
CB Morris Claiborne
Reportedly signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the New York Jets. Claiborne has been plagued by injury in his time in Dallas, playing in just 47 games over five seasons, but showed promise in his time on the field in 2017.
RB Lance Dunbar
Signed a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with the Los Angeles Rams. Dunbar, a UNT graduate, averaged 4.5 yards per carry in Dallas, but was buried on the team's depth chart for much of the five seasons.
WR Terrance Williams
Signed a four-year, $17 million deal with Dallas. Williams has averaged 44 catches (his total from 2016-17) for 698 yards and five touchdowns in his four seasons in Dallas.
Terrance Williams Cowboys deal: $17M, $5M signing bonus, $9.5M gtd; salaries $1M (gtd), $3.5M (gtd), $3.5M, $4M; 2020 option year— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 12, 2017
WR Brice Butler
Signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with Dallas. Butler has shown playmaking ability in his two seasons with the Cowboys, but questions have been raised about his football IQ. He’ll look for an increased role in the passing game in 2017, but still sits behind Dez Bryant, Williams and Cole Beasley on the depth chart.
DT David Irving
Signed exclusive rights tender with Dallas, according to DallasCowboys.com. Irving burst onto the scene late in 2016, combining for three sacks in Weeks 15 and 16. Irving, who stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 273 pounds, returns to a defense needing a pass rush.
OG Jonathan Cooper
Agreed to one-year deal with Dallas. Cooper allows Dallas to maintain some depth at offensive guard and the flexibility to move La'el Collins if the team feels a need to do so.
G Jonathon Cooper is back with the Cowboys on a 1-yr deal. Gives them depth at G and flexibility to allow Collins to move to RT if needed— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 14, 2017
DE Stephen Paea
Signed a reported two-year deal with Dallas. After four years playing nose tackle for the Chicago Bears, Paea made the switch to defensive end with the Redskins and Browns.
Stephen Paea's deal with the Cowboys is worth $2 million, per a source.— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 11, 2017
CB Nolan Carroll
Signed a three-year, $10 million deal with Dallas. Carroll, who visited the Cowboys last offseason as well, started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2016. He comes to Dallas from the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles and fills a need at cornerback. Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr, both unrestricted free agents, are leaving for other teams.
DE Damontre Moore
Agreed to terms with Dallas. Moore has 10 sacks in his 49 NFL games. He attended Rowlett High School and Texas A&M.
A list of the Cowboys free agents can be found on DallasCowboys.com.
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