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hawaiiansteel
03-27-2013, 03:40 PM
Justin Durant, Will Allen sign with Dallas Cowboys

By Gregg Rosenthal
Around The League Editor
Published: March 27, 2013

The Dallas Cowboys signed former Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant and ex-Pittsburgh Steelers safety Will Allen on Wednesday after completing moves to make space under the salary cap.

To facilitate the signings, the Cowboys restructured backup quarterback Kyle Orton's contract and released wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, the team announced.

Free-agent safety Michael Huff will not be an option for the Cowboys since he agreed in principle to a three-year, $6 million contract with the Ravens on Wednesday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported. Fullback Lawrence Vickers is a candidate to be released.

There were open questions Tuesday about whether the Cowboys should be allowed to "agree" to contracts when they don't have enough cap space to sign anyone. It appears those issues are no longer relevant in the wake of the Cowboys' signings.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000154220/article/will-allen-justin-durant-joining-dallas-cowboys

Big Ern McCracken
03-27-2013, 07:21 PM
This is yet another big loss to an already thin secondary. Will Allen had a solid year last year when he stepped in for Troy. If we can sign A. Bradshaw and keep Sanders, maybe the FO will go after a safety and ILB in the first few rounds. I guess I shouldn't underestimate the ability of Carnell Lake to coach up those younger guys who are already on the roster... because he's been a huge help to the secondary.
Would be nice to bring in some new talent to eventually replace Troy, Clark, Ike... and add some immediate depth.

DukieBoy
03-27-2013, 07:54 PM
Will Allen was serviceable last year. Time to move on, get younger. I suspect a safety to drafted by the Steelers in early rounds. And Golden to show growth.

Big Ern McCracken
03-27-2013, 07:59 PM
Will Allen was serviceable last year. Time to move on, get younger. I suspect a safety to drafted by the Steelers in early rounds. And Golden to show growth.

I agree with getting younger... my thing is... I'm sure we could have signed him for a very reasonable wage.. and had a proven starter for WHEN Troy goes down. Now we have Golden as the starter for at least half the year...and/or a possible rookie (and guys off of the practice squad) as the only depth. Signing Allen for another year would have bridged the gap... allowing the backups more time to develop... while getting limited snaps as well.

Eddie Spaghetti
03-27-2013, 08:18 PM
I'm a lebeau guy, but somebody has to answer for the safety situation. The lack of depth and seeming lack of plan at this point is not good. There was ample opportunity to groom some kind of quality replacement for troy or clark.

I'm all for safeties back to back in the 2nd and 3rd if the right guys are there.

Big Ern McCracken
03-27-2013, 08:28 PM
Agreed... especially if we can sign sanders and bradshaw. I wouldn't mind seeing Linebacker, Safety, Safety with first three picks. I hear the draft is deep with safeties this year, so maybe we could pick up a TE in the 2nd or 3rd and still pick up a 2nd safety in the mid rounds.

DukieBoy
03-27-2013, 09:00 PM
[QUOTE=Big Ern McCracken;556453]I agree with getting younger... my thing is... I'm sure we could have signed him for a very reasonable wage.. and had a proven starter for WHEN Troy goes down. Now we have Golden as the starter for at least half the year...and/or a possible rookie (and guys off of the practice squad) as the only depth. Signing Allen for another year would have bridged the gap... allowing the backups more time to develop... while getting limited snaps as well.Yes, it could get dicey unless Golden shows. I suspect they see something in him. Also, I am thinking we will jump on a safety or two, beat the uglr birds to the better safety or two in this draft. Do the rats even have an experienced safety on their roster?

SteelBucks
03-27-2013, 11:03 PM
Well there goes our much needed backup safety. This team is getting thin everywhere.

SS Laser
03-28-2013, 12:03 AM
[QUOTE=Big Ern McCracken;556453]I agree with getting younger... my thing is... I'm sure we could have signed him for a very reasonable wage.. and had a proven starter for WHEN Troy goes down. Now we have Golden as the starter for at least half the year...and/or a possible rookie (and guys off of the practice squad) as the only depth. Signing Allen for another year would have bridged the gap... allowing the backups more time to develop... while getting limited snaps as well.Yes, it could get dicey unless Golden shows. I suspect they see something in him. Also, I am thinking we will jump on a safety or two, beat the uglr birds to the better safety or two in this draft. Do the rats even have an experienced safety on their roster?

The ravens signed michael huff from the raiders. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000154242/article/michael-huff-baltimore-ravens-reach-3year-contract

fezziwig
03-28-2013, 12:41 PM
I would have kept Allen over the always injured and rapidly aging Troy.. When they thought Mundy was their player of the future......... a lot was said about the people that evaluate these players.

hawaiiansteel
03-28-2013, 01:54 PM
Steelers host James Sanders

Posted by Mike Wilkening on March 28, 2013

The Steelers, who are in need of veteran safety depth, are hosting free agent James Sanders on Thursday, Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reported.

The 29-year-old Sanders played 15 games as a reserve for Arizona in 2012, notching 19 tackles on defense. He was also a key contributor on special teams. Sanders has made 56 career starts, 50 of which came for New England from 2005-2010. He also had a one-season stint with Atlanta in 2011.

The Steelers have lost their top two reserve safeties in free agency, with Will Allen joining the Cowboys and Ryan Mundy signing with the Giants. Safety depth is especially important for the Steelers with Troy Polamalu missing at least two games in five of the last seven seasons.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/28/steelers-host-james-sanders/