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Cowboys Hoping Jonathan Cooper Can Turn His Career Around

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The Dallas Cowboys finally go their man, although it took 4 years to do it.

Back in 2013, the Cowboys liked Jonathan Cooper and were hoping that the highly rated guard out of North Carolina would slide in the draft to #18, where the Cowboys would be waiting for him.

“We wanted him (Cooper) so bad,” Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones said back in January. “We liked to have died when Arizona took him.”

Cooper didn’t fall, he went to eh Arizona Cardinals at #7 and the Cowboys traded back with the San Francisco 49ers which took Dallas from 18 to the 31st pick in the 1st round where they selected Travis Frederick.

Cooper’s career was postponed due to a broken leg that caused him to miss his entire rookie season. From then on Cooper remained limited, playing just 11 games in 2014 and 2015 with the Cardinals.

Arizona eventually traded Cooper, along with a 2nd round pick, to the New England Patriots for linebacker Chandler Jones.

Cooper never player a down for the Pats and was released. The Cleveland Browns eventually claimed him and Cooper started three of the five games he played for them before being released at the end of the season.

Dallas signed Cooper in January before the playoffs started and recently announced that Cooper agreed to a one-year deal to stay with the team. Cooper is getting an opportunity to play on one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and re-start his career.

Cooper will join Frederick, Tyron Smith and Zack Martin as 1st round draft picks all playing on the Dallas line, so he is in great company. Cooper should feel confident with his chances in Dallas, especially when you consider how the Cowboys helped rejuvenate the career of Marc Colombo, who is still with the Cowboys, but as a coach.

With Doug Free’s shocking recent retirement and the departure of Ronald Leary in free agency the Cowboys line is left in a state of flux.

With Cooper added to the mix Dallas could move La’el Collins to right tackle to fill the void left by Free. But, if Dallas does find a more suitable replacement at right tackle, then Cooper adds valuable depth to an already talented line.

There is a low-risk-high-reward potential with Cooper and with Dallas already heavily financially invested in their line and likely going to need to work on an extension soon with Zack Martin, Cooper could be an inexpensive answer should he pan out.

Cooper has always had the potential but it simply never has come to fruition in the NFL thus far.

Maybe Dallas can be Cooper’s chance to finally meet the high expectations attached to him leading up to the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Arizona Cardinals 2018 Season Preview

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Last year in the desert, the Arizona Cardinals were one of three teams fighting for a playoff spot in the wild, wild NFC West. Thinking that with head coach Bruce Arians and Carson Palmer at quarterback the franchise felt like they could go far in 2017.

They finished the 2017 campaign with a record of 8-8 which was third in the NFC West. When the 2018 offseason finally began, veteran quarterback Carson Palmer decided to hang his cleats up after playing 14 seasons with three different teams.

Now, entering the 2018 NFL season the Arizona Cardinals are without Arians and Palmer. Steve Wilks is the Cardinals next head coach. As an NFL head coach, he has no experience but in college, he has a record of 5-6.

As for quarterbacks, they have four players on the quarterback depth chart and of the four quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are the two veteran quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals are looking for Sam Bradford to lead the Cardinals to the playoffs and hopefully the Super Bowl

The Arizona Cardinals begin the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins on September 9. As for that game, Here is how I think the Cardinals will do as I predict the 2018 schedule.

WeekOpponentResultRecord
1Vs. RedskinsW1-0
2At RamsL1-1 (0-1)
3Vs. BearsL1-2
4Vs. SeahawksL1-3 (0-2)
5At 49ersW2-3 (1-2)
6At VikingsL2-4
7 (TNF)Vs. BroncosL2-5
8Vs. 49ers W3-5 (2-2)
9Bye Week  
10At ChiefsW4-5
11Vs. RaidersW5-5
12At ChargersW6-5
13At PackersL6-6
14Vs. LionsW7-6
15At FalconsW8-6
16Vs. Rams W9-6 (3-2)
17At Seahawks L9-7 (3-3)

It is unclear if the Cardinals will make the playoffs, we will have to see how the other three teams will do.

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Is Kurt Warner Coming Out of Retirement?

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Is Kurt Warner coming out of retirement? On the Dan Patrick Show, Kurt called into the show and said that he would consider coming out of retirement and play in the NFL.

Warner talked to his family about returning and even contacted the Arizona Cardinals but at this moment, Arizona has not called back.

Kurt Warner’s football career started when Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League signed him to the team. When he was with the Barnstormers, he won an AFL championship. Then, he became a backup in St. Louis until starting quarterback Trent Green went down. Now as the Rams starting QB, Warner, lead St. Louis to a Super Bowl title.

After spending 6 seasons with the Rams, Warner was the starter in New York with the Giants. However, he got benched in favor of rookie QB Eli Manning. Finally, from 2005-2009 he signed with the Arizona Cardinals where he leads the Cardinals to a Super Bowl birth.

Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season joining the NFL Network as an analyst. With over 124 games played, 3200 yards, and about 200 touchdowns, Kurt Warner was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2017.

Would you like to see Kurt Warner back in the NFL?

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One of Cowboys Wide Receivers is Going West In 2018

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of the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of their 41-14 win over the Miami Dolphins at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

According to multiple sources, Cowboys Wide Receiver Brice Butler will not be with the team in 2018. Why may you ask? Because he was dealt with Arizona Cardinals due to Free Agency.

During the offseason, Butler went on shows like “Undisputed” on FS1 and then on NFL Networks’s “Total Access,” to tell teams (including the Dallas Cowboys) that he is a top wide receiver and if Dallas or whoever wants to pay him like one, then he would certainly play with that team. Well, apparently the Arizona Cardinals did.

At the age of 23, Butler went to the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted college free agent. During his years in Oakland, Butler was targeted 50 times and only completed 30 of the passes. Plus he only scored two touchdowns. Brice also played in 25 games and only started in 2 of them. Then in

Then in 2015, during his first season of free agency, Butler moved from the black and silver to the blue and silver as he signed a three-year deal with The Dallas Cowboys. During those three years, he had 43 receptions and 8 touchdowns. Butler also started more games than he did in Oakland, California. Now, in 2018, Butler is looking to continue to improve and look to take the Arizona Cardinals to a Super Bowl.

No word on how much the signing is but according to James Jones of NFL Network, the new contract with the Cardinals is a 2-year deal.

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