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Blogging The Boys Mar 16, 2019
The player the Dallas Cowboys will select with pick 58 will be...

The player the Dallas Cowboys will select with pick 58 will be...

You might want to remember these three names. Over here at Blogging The Boys, we work to keep you in the know. Last year, we used our follow the money strategy (thanks KD) to help identify draft targets Leighton Vander Esch and Connor Williams. As it turned out, they just so happened to be the Cowboys first two picks of the draft. And so far when it comes to free agency, we have things dialed in real well in terms of which of the team’s own free agents will return. Update on in-house free agent signings. Got 10/11 correct so far. I really want to make Tank green, because let's face it -...
SportsDay Mar 13, 2019
Should the Cowboys move Sean Lee to strong side linebacker when they play in a base 4-3 defense?

Should the Cowboys move Sean Lee to strong side linebacker when they play in a base 4-3 defense?

Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are the highlights:Should the Cowboys move Sean Lee to strong side linebacker when they play in a base 4-3 defense?Machota: I don't know that that would be the best position for Lee. I think he's better off focusing on playing behind both Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch at positions he's more comfortable with. Plus, the strong side linebacker really doesn't play that much in this scheme. I don't see it happening.Who are the top three...
SportsDay Mar 12, 2019
Source: Dallas Cowboys free-agent LB Damien Wilson departs for Kansas City Chiefs

Source: Dallas Cowboys free-agent LB Damien Wilson departs for Kansas City Chiefs

As expected, linebacker Damien Wilson is pursuing a bigger opportunity elsewhere. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Wilson intends to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs once the new league year begins on March 13 at 3 p.m. CT. SportsDay's Jon Machota later confirmed the news. Wilson topped the depth chart as the Dallas Cowboys starting strong side linebacker. However, he only played in 28 percent of the team's snaps. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and the Cowboys primarily lined up in a nickel package with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch as the only two linebackers on the field. In...
SportsDay Mar 12, 2019
Where Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can improve this offseason, and why Sean Lee is still worth the money

Where Cowboys QB Dak Prescott can improve this offseason, and why Sean Lee is still worth the money

Jean-Jacques Taylor, Cowboys insider for NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and host of JaM Session 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 KESN-FM, answered questions about the team during a recent live chat. Here are some highlights:Is Sean Lee worth what he will be getting paid next year as a glorified backup?JJT: Sean Lee is scheduled to earn $3.5 million next year, which is about $1.5 million more than most backup linebackers. He's not going to play special teams, but I think he'll be good for Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. If either goes down, he can help hold the team together until...
NFL Spin Zone Mar 10, 2019

Dallas Cowboys interest in Landon Collins, Earl Thomas savvy business

The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a safety in free agency, reportedly being linked to both Earl Thomas and Landon Collins, and that’s savvy. While the Dallas Cowboys offense struggled to start the 2018 season, the defense became their bread and butter. With linebackers Jaylon Smith and rookie Leighton Vander Esch emerging as […] Dallas Cowboys interest in Landon Collins, Earl Thomas savvy business - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.
Blogging The Boys Mar 9, 2019
Sean Lee staying in Dallas; agrees to terms on a restructured deal

Sean Lee staying in Dallas; agrees to terms on a restructured deal

The veteran linebacker is taking a pay cut. The Dallas Cowboys linebacker corps is led on the field by Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, but that won’t keep Sean Lee from hanging around. On Saturday, the veteran linebacker agree to play the 2019 season on a reduced salary. Source: #Cowboys LB Sean Lee has agreed to terms on a restructured contract that keeps him in a Dallas uniform for 2019. One of their leaders is back for another year. He’ll earn $3.5M but has a chance to earn his way back to his original $7M salary with incentives.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9,...
SportsDay Mar 9, 2019
Cowboys position series: Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith have elevated the linebacker position to be the strength of the team

Cowboys position series: Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith have elevated the linebacker position to be the strength of the team

Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of eight posts breaking down the depth chart of each position group on the Dallas Cowboys' roster. Today we'll break down the linebackers:Linebacker was the Cowboys' strongest position group in 2018. Not only did they get big years out of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, but they had great depth with Sean Lee and Damien Wilson.It appears at least three of those four will be returning for the 2019 season.Lee continued to battle with hamstring issues, opening the door for Vander Esch and Smith to quickly become the NFL's best young linebacker...
Blogging The Boys Mar 9, 2019
Cowboys news: Sean Lee restructuring deal; Cowboys pick up option on three players

Cowboys news: Sean Lee restructuring deal; Cowboys pick up option on three players

The latest headlines surrounding the Cowboys Sources: Cowboys and LB Sean Lee work on restructured contract for 2019 - David Moore, SportsDay Many wondered if Sean Lee was going to be brought back with the emergence of both Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch; however, the Cowboys are restructuring the veteran linebacker’s contract for next season. A look at Jason Witten’s contract should provide a template for how the club attempts to restructure Lee’s final year. The tight end signed a deal earlier this week with a base salary of $2 million. A series of bonuses -- 53- and 46-man...
SportsDay Mar 1, 2019
Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch gives back to his Idaho high school with brand new weight room

Cowboys LB Leighton Vander Esch gives back to his Idaho high school with brand new weight room

Before he became one of the Dallas Cowboys brightest young stars alongside fellow linebacker Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch once upon a time played eight-man football at Salmon River High School in Idaho.In an effort to give back to his hometown this offseason, the Cowboys linebacker purchased a brand new weight room for the small high school that helped start his football career. The facility opened for use few weeks ago."It was the first thing that popped into my mind because it was a big need," Vander Esch told the Idaho Press. "It just made the most sense. A lot of the racks and stuff...
ClutchPoints Feb 27, 2019
Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch makes major contribution to his high school

Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch makes major contribution to his high school

Leighton Vander Esch had as good of a rookie season as he could’ve imagined. After being taken 19th overall in the 2018 draft, the Boise State product became a star in his first year with the Cowboys. He racked up 140 tackles, made the Pro Bowl, and was named a second-team All-Pro. Now, LVE is […] The post Cowboys’ Leighton Vander Esch makes major contribution to his high school appeared first on ClutchPoints.
SportsDay Feb 27, 2019
How much money will Dak Prescott get if he signs a contract extension with the Cowboys this offseason?

How much money will Dak Prescott get if he signs a contract extension with the Cowboys this offseason?

Jean-Jacques Taylor, Cowboys insider for NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and host of JaM Session 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays on 103.3 KESN-FM, answered your questions Monday. Check it out below. Here are some highlights. Q: Any update on Sean Lee's situation? If he plays next year, will they move him or Vander Esch to the other side so they can be on the field together?Taylor: Sean Lee wants to play another season and the Cowboys would like to have him, but the issue is always cost. He's going to have to play for backup money about $2.5 or $3.5 million instead of the $7 million he's scheduled...
SportsDay Feb 23, 2019
Flashback: Welcome aboard the Vander Esch Express

Flashback: Welcome aboard the Vander Esch Express

SportsDay's Kate Hairopoulos made the 400-mile bus journey from Riggins, Idaho, to Seattle with Cowboys rookie Leighton Vander Esch's family. Here's the behind-the-scenes story.Editor's note: This story was originally published on Sept. 26, 2018. SOMEWHERE IN IDAHO/WASHINGTON STATE -- It's still dark Saturday morning when the bus rumbles down the side of the mountain, onto Seven Devils Road and turns left on Main Street in tiny Riggins, Idaho.The Vander Esch Express pulls in ahead of schedule to a lot behind the Chevron gas station. As the bus door huffs open, family and friends emerge from...

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