2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
10-6, 1st in NFC East

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys are hosting free-agent wide receiver Randall Cobb at The Star today, according to a source. With the departure of Cole Beasley, the Cowboys are looking for help at slot receiver and Cobb can also play on the outside. In eight years in Green Bay, he had 470 catches for 5,524 yards and 44 touchdowns. He turns 29 in August.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A breakdown of Cameron Fleming's two-year deal with the Cowboys: 2019 Signing bonus: $1.5 million Base salary: $1 million 46-man roster bonuses: $500,000 Cap number: $2.25 million 60 percent play-time: $300,000 70 percent play-time: $600,000 80 percent play-time: $1 million 2020 (team option) Base salary: $4 million 46-man roster bonuses: $500,000 2020 cap number: $5.25 million

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have lost their third starter/contributor so far in free agency with tight end Geoff Swaim signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Considering the return of Jason Witten and the growth of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz, the departure is not a surprise. Swaim had 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown before a wrist injury ended his 2018 season after nine games

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

A breakdown of Christian Covington's one-year deal with the Cowboys: Signing bonus: $500,000 Base salary: $1 million 46-man roster bonuses: $250,000 Cap number: $1.6875 million 55 percent play-time: $125,000 65 percent play-time: $250,000 75 percent play-time: $500,000 Four sacks: 125,000 Six sacks: $250,000 Base value: $1.75 million Max value: $2.5 million

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Beasley, who chose to sign a four-year, $29 million deal with Buffalo after considering offers from Dallas and New England, stuck by his tweet in January that Dallas' front office "pushes who they want to get the ball to." Said Beasley in his introductory news conference Thursday: "That was just me answering a question honestly that a fan asked me. I still feel like it's the truth. Maybe I shouldn't have said it just because of the attention it brought. I'm not a guy that wants or needs a ton of attention. I also got to understand where I'm at professionally."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills WR Cole Beasley, in his introductory news conference Thursday, said his decision as a free agent came down to Buffalo, New England and Dallas. "Really I just wanted to be in a place where I had more opportunities, and this seemed like the place to be," Beasley said. He signed a four-year, $29 million contract with Buffalo with $10.7 million fully guaranteed. "[Opportunities] are the main reason why I came here," Beasley said. "Money is important, but I just wanted opportunities. I felt like I could do more."

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Something that will not make Cowboys fans feel better about their team's start to free agency, but: Since 2011, the Cowboys have the most NFC East titles (three) and the fewest last-place finishes in the division (one). The Eagles, of course, have a Super Bowl in that span, which trumps all, but the Cowboys have been in contention for the playoffs every year but one (2015). In a town where Super Bowls matter that is not enough, but it is not nothing either.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Having lost Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills, the Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with Tavon Austin, according to sources. Austin could see more time in the slot as Beasley's successor with Allen Hurns and Amari Cooper. Austin's first season with the Cowboys did not go as planned with just eight catches for 140 yards in part because of a groin injury that caused him to miss nine games. Austin can play multiple spots, including running back, which could help new coordinator Kellen Moore be more varied in the attack.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with defensive tackle Christian Covington, a source confirmed an Adam Caplan report. Covington, who had a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2018 for the Houston Texans, can play both interior defensive line spots and he gives the Cowboys more pass rush inside. With David Irving not returning and Caraun Reid not expected back, Covington can be a big part of the rotation.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys kept a valuable part of their offensive line in Cameron Fleming, according to a source. Fleming played well in three starts last year, filling in at left tackle for an injured Tyron Smith. Given Smith's recent injury history, the Cowboys needed a veteran backup like Fleming, who has 23 career starts. In 2017 when Smith was hurt, the Cowboys fell apart up front and that played a part in them missing the playoffs.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have agreed to a three-year deal with fullback Jamize Olawale worth $5.4 million, according to a source. Olawale played in every game last year but did not have a carry and caught just two passes. He led the Cowboys in special teams' tackles. The Cowboys like to have a fullback for short-yardage situations but he played just 110 offensive snaps last year. The $1.8 million average on the deal ties him for the third-highest paid fullback.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys wanted to trade for Earl Thomas at one point last year and had discussions about their second-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks. They had some interest in signing him as a free agent, but were not going to go big financially, if at all. Why? Injuries and age. He has not played a full season since 2015 and turns 30 in May. The dream ends for many now with Thomas going to Baltimore.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills added more wide receivers for QB Josh Allen as both John Brown and Cole Beasley agreed to free agent contracts. With Brown, it's the deep ball speed. Run the top of the vertical route tree and create separation to break back downhill on curls, comebacks or out cuts. In the slot, Beasley can work underneath. Create more high-percentage throws for Allen inside the numbers there. Shallow crossers, option routes, etc.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Beasley is off to Buffalo and the Cowboys don't have a replacement on the roster. Re-signing Tavon Austin is an option but he's not as productive as Beasley. The Cowboys were not willing to go over their price to keep Beasley. In some ways reminds me of how they dealt with DeMarco Murray after 2014 season. Beasley's value to Dak Prescott should not be underestimated in the quarterback's development. There is a big void to fill without Beasley.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is the breakdown on Sean Lee's reworked contract: Base salary - $2 million 53-man roster bonus - $500,000 46-man roster bonus - $1 million 50% play-time - $1 million 65% play-time - $1 million 80% play-time - $1 million 80% play-time, playoffs - $500,000 His cap number will be $6.01 million, saving about $4 million.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

After the playoff loss, Lee contemplated retirement as well as playing elsewhere. “The frustration from the injuries led me to just consider where I was at in my career,” said Lee, who missed nine games last season with hamstring injuries. “I think once you get past that and realize what type of team we have and how much fun it is to play with this group, I still have the passion to go out and play. That took over.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Lee signed his re-worked contract on Monday that will pay him up to $7 million in 2019 based on play-time incentives. Playing a 10th season for the Cowboys mattered to Lee. “By no means am I saying this is my last year, but a decade with this organization with the support from the Jones' family, my coaches, teammates and people throughout the city that they've shown me during the tough times, it means a lot to me,” Lee, a second-round pick in 2010, told ESPN. “And it continues to motivate me to help us win a championship.”

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

Clearly, it's early on in the legal tampering period, but the sense is that things will be quiet with the Cowboys in the next few days in free agency. The focus is still on their own players, especially DeMarcus Lawrence. While everybody wants to connect the Earl Thomas dots, the feeling is the price will be a lot more than what the Cowboys want to pay.

Team Stats

Passing Yards221.123rd
Rushing Yards122.710th
Points For21.222nd
Points Against20.36th