The phone calls have been pouring in to Jerry Jones since word came that Sam Hurd's injury will keep him out at least the first week at Cleveland. However, a friend of a friend of DallasDedicated informed us that Sam Hurd is actually feeling better than reports have made it sound (that's right, we have connections). Still, as the season is about to begin, the recieving core seem to be the biggest area for concern. T.O is T.O, but only Owens and Crayton have extensive NFL experience and are healthy. Terry Glenn's release has already come back around to bite the Cowboys. Jerry Jones has recently ruled out signing a player out of the organization for fear of ruining chemistry between Romo and the receivers that was built during training camp and preseason. However, desperate times call for desperate measures. So, who could be available for the Cowboys to pick up before the September 7th opener against the Browns? DallasDedicated is here to set everything straight....
Mitchell's agent has been calling more than a crazy ex-girlfriend trying to get his client activated on the Cowboys roster. This could be the biggest longshot of them all, but Mitchell is only 29 years old and is still said to be in football shape. The real concern with this player is the fact that he hasn't played in an NFL game since the 2004 season, where he started in 9 games. That season he had 22 receptions for 377 yards and 2 TDs. Not bad at all, but I believe he would be at best the 4th receiever on this team. What the Cowboys need is a guy that has a lot of experience and will be able to handle the workload until the rest of the receivers get healthy.
Yes, Joe Horn has some years on him (36 years old). However, he also has heart and team leadership. Last season in Atlanta, Horn played in just 12 games but still racked up 243 on 27 catches. He fought all season for the number 2 spot in Atlanta, and he has the skill to be the number 2 in Dallas. Jerry Jones has denied that Horn was a target last June when being interviewed at a Desperados game, but things have changed quite a bit since then. Horn would also sign for the veteran minimum of $800,000 dollars, which is a great deal for both sides.
Chad Javon Ocho Cinco
You may be confused, let me explain. Bengals reciever Chad Johnson has legally changed his name to Chad Javon Ocho Cinco. The players hate him in Cincy, the coaching staff hates him even more, and he is lying about his ankle bothering him to keep him on the sideline. Coach Marvin Lewis even went so far as to call him "Ocho Psycho." He wouldn't distrupt the Cowboys if we attempted to trade for him, because let's face it, it's the Cowboys. Deion Sanders was supposed to be a distraction, as well as Owens, Tank Johnson, and Pacman Jones. All have become quality players in a close-knit team that laughs at controversy. Chad Johnson, quite frankly, would fit right in. Could you imagine Romo lining up behind center with Barber behind him in the backfield, Witten at the tight end spot, and Johnson and Owens on each side. Ahhh, I can see it now! Chad Johnson would of course not come cheap, which is why this scenario will most likely not happen.
This is the best choice out of them all. Glenn has played 2 seasons with Tony Romo, and he knows most, if not all, of the offensive plays in the playbook. Terry Glenn could also be signed to the veteran minimum of $800,000 dollars, and if he was not up to par and forced to be cut, the consequences would not be severe. If the Cowboys organization truly believe that another wideout is needed, Glenn would definitely be the best (and cheapest option).
We will see how this all pans out as the 'Boys gear up for the road to the Super Bowl.
Next time: We will have an ode to Cowboys legend Larry Allen, who signed with the Cowboys just so he could retire as a member of America's Team.