So much for a quiet start to the bye week for the Dallas Cowboys, as Wednesday was chalk full of news coming out of the star.
It began with the release of veteran cornerback Nolan Carrol, who was one of the free agents brought in over the offseason. Carroll was initially signed to a cheap deal to fill in for the departed Brandon Carr. His signing was one that a lot of Cowboys Nation didn’t very much enjoy, as he had come off being one of the worst ranked cornerbacks per Pro Football Focus in 2016. A change of scenery and scheme was the hope of getting a productive player out of him.
When the draft rolled around and Dallas selected 3 cornerbacks, all of whom are with the team today, the narrative on Carroll changed from one to replace Carr to one that would be the bridge for the younger guys. With the play of 3rd-round draft pick Jourdan Lewis, the injuries and play of Carroll the Cowboys went ahead and expedited that youth turnover. Carroll will account for $2 million in dead money for 2018 and save about $650 thousand in 2017
Not long after the Carroll news reports broke out that veteran defensive tackle Stephen Paea would retire. Paea had missed last week’s game and had not practiced since Week 2 of the season. His practice routine was also a mess in camp all due to a knee injury that has hampered him throughout his career. The continuing problems with his knee apparently are too much for his body to deal with and he informed Dallas of his retirement.
In the middle of all that, there’s some good news for Dallas linebacker Damien Wilson, as he avoided all charges over an aggravated assault accusation stemming from a July 4th parking dispute. The accusations included brandishing a weapon and bumping another person with his vehicle. The grand jury came down with its ruling that they would not move forward with any charges thus freeing Wilson of any legal trouble.
The Cowboys also brought in linebacker Justin March-Lillard from the Kanas City Chiefs to replace Nolan Carroll. With a depth issue at linebacker recently combined with a ton of young CBs and Bene Benwikiere, Dallas elected to bring in an athletic LB who can play multiple positions. One of March-Lillard’s biggest strengths is his athleticism and speed, which has been something that has caused Dallas trouble in the absence of Sean Lee and Anthony Hitchens.