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The cash strapped Dallas Cowboys finally made a move in free agency market today.
ESPN insider Adam Schefter reports that the Dallas Cowboys and Lions free agent linebacker Justin Durant have agreed on a 2 year deal. The deal won’t become official until the Dallas Cowboys can free up more cap space.
Durant was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
He has a career total of 443 tackles, three and half sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Wired For Sound: Justin Durant
It's still unclear whether Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent will be punished by the league before the criminal charges against him are resolved. If not, the criminal charges eventually will conflict with his work schedule.
According to Bloomberg.com, Brent's trial on intoxication manslaughter charges will begin on September 23.
In past cases involving DUI fatalities, the NFL has waited for the criminal case to conclude before imposing discipline.
In Dallas Cowboys Free Agent News……..
105.3′s insider Mike Fisher reports free agents linebacker Justin Durant from the Detroit Lions and defensive back Will Allen from the Pittsburgh Steelers will visit Valley Ranch Monday.
It makes no sense to do mock drafts before free agency starts, even though everyone does. It makes somewhat less nonsense to do one two weeks into free agency, but things can still change until it's time for the first pick to be made.
Then again, it arguably makes no sense to do mock drafts at all, since it's inherently a crapshoot that gives the experts and those who think they are something to do.
When Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys officially come to terms with a contract extension, the two will have a little more stability going forward. However, the question is, what will the extension do for the Cowboys as they continue their quest towards a Super Bowl run?
For starters, locking up a quarterback as talented as Romo is imperative for any legitimate contender. Sure, Romo has had his moments in which fans are fed up with him, but the front office, and daily fantasy sports players, know that there is no one currently available who could replace Romo any time soon.
Having a stable quarterbacks will also allow the Cowboys to start building around him and filling in holes. This all goes back to having a franchise quarterback. If free agents know they have a shot to compete, they will continue to come to Dallas to bolster the roster.
Not only is Romo about to get an extension, but the biggest deal for the short-term is the fact that his contract will be restructured a bit. His current cap number is $16.8 million, which really holds back Dallas in pursuing free agents. While no one will know for sure how low it will go, the obvious assumption is that Dallas will free up millions which will allow them to sign free agents and draft picks.
At the end of the day, everyone wins with this extension. Dallas gets to build around their franchise quarterback and add stability to their franchise for the near future. Romo gets security when it comes to getting paid during the prime of his career. Romo and the Cowboys both will enjoy having money to get better protection for Romo when he is in the pocket. All of these should add up to a season that is better than 8-8 at the end of the day.