SportsNation Blog Archives Dallas Cowboys
Welcome to LeBron James Free Agent Frenzy 2.0. Yes, the two-time NBA champion and four-time league MVP has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat, making him available to effectively everyone.
Naturally, everyone is interested. And we don't just mean NBA teams.
Sure, fans of all Association teams are dreaming of LeBron in their colors ...
Mad Libs: LeBron taking his talents to (insert city name). pic.twitter.com/jRUJnAKS0A— Jeff D Lowe (@JeffDLowe) June 24, 2014
... but some interesting proposals hit the Internet from all sorts of teams and institutions.
Naturally, the former football player generated some NFL interest:
Meanwhile, some hockey teams also expressed interest (extra points to the Blue Jackets for the subtlety of their pitch).
.@KingJames follow for DM— NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) June 24, 2014
Also vying for LeBron's services: the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, the United States' rugby sevens team and perhaps the most popular unit in all of America right now:
Let's not forget the Brazos Valley Bombers, a summer collegiate baseball team that -- wait. We don't remember including your team in our SportsNation poll!
Finally, Major League Soccer showed an undeniable appreciation for King James -- but not the one you're thinking of. That would be James Rodriguez, aka James, a Colombian midfielder who has sparked his side to three straight wins in the 2014 World Cup.
Cowboys release DeMarcus Ware
He made seven Pro Bowls and recorded 117 sacks with the Dallas Cowboys. Now DeMarcus Ware is a free agent, after the 31-year-old pass-rusher was released Tuesday by the only NFL team for which he's played. The move was made necessary by Ware's refusal to cut his salary from $12.25 million; Dallas will now save $7.4 million against the cap. Was Ware right to not restructure his contract? Should Dallas have hung on to him and sought relief elsewhere?
Blame for Cowboys' struggles?
Chicken or egg? Quarterback or guy calling the shots? This was discussed by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of him buying the team. Jones took the blame for the team not winning a ring with Tony Romo, saying the responsibility "starts here." Do you agree? Will Jones' regret turn into triumph someday?
DeMarcus Ware's future?
The Cowboys must decide on DeMarcus Ware soon. Because of their cap situation, keeping him at his current salary wouldn't work, and his less-than-stellar 2013 season -- 13 games played with a career-low six sacks -- could mean that even if the Cowboys kept him (with a restructured contract), he might not be worth the money. Ware has said that he won't accept a pay cut, so the Cowboys are in a delicate position. They're already likely to be in a close race in the NFC East, so making the right decision could have huge ramifications for their playoff hopes.
Cowboys shuffle coaching staff
Apparently play calling isn't the only thing the Dallas Cowboys felt was off in 2013. On the same day Scott Linehan was officially named Dallas' passing-game coordinator (and, therefore, playcaller), the team also demoted defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and promoted Rod Marinelli to the same position. Dallas finished last in the NFL in total defense in 2013, a major reason for the team's 8-8 record. Of course, Tony Romo, Jason Garrett and Jerry Jones are still there ...