IRVING, Texas – Part 1 of the Dallas Cowboys’ Twitter mailbag is ready.
In it we discuss:
Dez Bryant’s contract
A cornerback early
Making a big draft move
Rolando McClain’s future
A QB connection
Away we go:
Landon Collins, I don't see another safety worth a first-round pick at this point. Cornerback is a real possibility, however, because of all the things they don't have at the position: quality and depth. Brandon Carr's status is up in the air. Morris Claiborne's health is in question. They might not tender Sterling Moore a contract. Orlando Scandrick is the only given. They like Tyler Patmon, but he's viewed more as a sub-package corner than a potential starter in the future. The problem at No. 27 is that the top corners will be gone by then, too. Somehow, the Cowboys need to get a quality corner early in the draft.
impending four-game fine for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, I didn't know how the Cowboys or any team could come up with the right salary number for the linebacker. It was tricky before the fine and it will be trickier now because one more failed test results in a four-game suspension. That said, I believe the Cowboys have the best chance to keep him, based on the relationships he developed with Jason Garrett, Rod Marinelli and Matt Eberflus in 2014. He has people in place that are in his corner. If he had to go to another team, he would be starting all over again.
Tony Romo era ends. But you brought up an interesting name and it's not Bryce Petty, though I do like him. It's Sean Mannion. Who was his offensive coordinator last year at Oregon State? Former Cowboys tight ends coach John Garrett, Jason's older brother. The Cowboys will know everything they need to know about Mannion because of that. I'm not going to pretend to know when Mannion should be drafted, but if it gets to the third day and he's there, maybe the Cowboys take a chance.