Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dallas makes key cuts early

Not even 12 hours has passed since the owners and the players agreed on a CBA that everyone was happy with, but teams are already beginning to make roster changes to eventually get down to the 53 man team. Making moves right off the bat are the Dallas Cowboys who are parting ways with the long time veterans Leonard Davis, Roy Williams, and Marion Barber.

Cutting Leonard Davis practically guarantees that rookie guard Tyron Smith will be starting on the offensive line for Dallas. Davis was a three-time pro bowler who has struggled in the past few seasons, and has been unable to protect Tony Romo and is losing his power coming off of the line. Many teams could still use a guard like Davis; however, his skills and veteran leadership is what a lot of young teams need. I see him being picked up by the Tampa Bay Bucs, who are in desperate need for age in the front five.

By cutting Roy Williams, Dallas will save five million in cap space and it will allow youngster Kevin Ogletree to step up and compete for the 3rd receiver position. He will be competing with Rookie Dwayne Harris out of Eastern Carolina. Both Miles Austin and sophomore Dez "Big D" Bryant are posed to claim the 1st and 2nd spots respectively.

One of the more surprising cuts made by the cowboys is that of Marion Barber. His down hill running style made him a threat on the goal line and instilled fear into those he was charging head-on into. Depsite slating 12 TDs in 2008 his production out of the backfield has declined in the past two seasons. With more carries going to Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, there is simply no spot for Marion Barber. Jerry Jones would like to see Felix take most of the carries, and have Tashard lined up in the number 2 spot for RB. Barber was a fan favorite with his powerful running and long hair, but the future for the cowboys will revolve around their receiving core.

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