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Getty The Cowboys could make a run at WR Will Fuller.

The Dallas Cowboys could be in line to sign one of the top receivers on the market.

According to R.J. Ochoa of SB Nation’s Blogging the Boys, Will Fuller is the “most logical fit” for the Cowboys. The 28-year-old receiver was hampered by injuries in his lone season with the Miami Dolphins last year, appearing in just two games.

Ochoa argues that Fuller’s deep-threat ability — something that the injured James Washington excels at — is the main reason why the Cowboys should pursue the veteran receiver.

“Truth be told this seems like the most logical fit all things considered,” said Ochoa. “James Washington seemingly presents a deep-threat option in the Cowboys offense and that is how Will Fuller has had high levels of success throughout his NFL career.

Fuller spent the first five seasons of his career with the Houston Texans before heading to the Miami Dolphins in 2021 where he only played in three games. A finger injury was a part of that, but ultimately it is hard not to be intrigued by his talent and the specific type of weapon that he would give this offense.”

Why Fuller Could Be Sleeper Signing for Cowboys

Prior to his injury-plagued 2021 campaign, Fuller posted a breakout season in 2020 with the Houston Texans. In just 11 games, Fuller posted 53 receptions for 879 yards (16.6 yards per reception) and eight touchdowns. Fuller actually ranked sixth in the league in yards per reception and 10th in receiving yards per game (79.9).

According to Pro Football Focus, Fuller posted an elite-level 86.2 offensive grade and 85.0 receiving grade. That offensive grade actually ranked 10th in the league while the receiving grade ranked 11th.

And it’s not as if Fuller’s 2020 season was a fluke; he previously posted an 81.2 offensive grade and 81.1 receiving grade during the 2018 season.

The Cowboys will be without Washington — who was competing to be the team’s No. 3 receiver along with rookie Jalen Tolbert — for the next six-to-10 weeks due to a Jones fracture injury in his foot. The Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver Michael Gallup, is currently recovering from an ACL injury and is slated to miss Week 1’s matchup versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dallas will essentially have only one viable veteran receiver for the season opener in CeeDee Lamb. While the Cowboys haven’t given any indication that they’re on the market for a receiver, it’s only logical Dallas makes a play for a veteran on the free agency market.

Considering Fuller could come at cheap price with a high upside, the former Texans receiver is likely the Cowboys’ best option at this point.

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Jerry Jones: ‘No Urgency’ to Add Veteran Receiver

There is no urgency on Jerry Jones’ part to add another veteran receiver.

Shortly after Washington suffered a serious injury that will potentially sideline him into the month of October, Jones revealed the Cowboys’ plans at receiver moving forward.

Via Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News:

“Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on urgency level to acquire external help at wide receiver after James Washington foot fracture: ‘Not at all. Let’s get these guys the incentive, these young receivers.’ Sees big opportunity ahead. ‘There’s no urgency looking for a veteran receiver.'”

Outside of Lamb, the Cowboys’ top remaining healthy receivers are Tolbert, Noah Brown, Simi Fehoko, T.J. Vasher and Dennis Houston. Outside of Brown, neither of those receivers have a single career reception to their names.

If there’s ever a time for one of these young receivers to step up, it’s now.

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College Sports | Pac-12 survival: Former Fox Sports president skeptical that Big Ten move makes sense for Washington, Oregon, Bay Area schools

Moving to the Big Ten doesn’t make sense financially or competitively for Oregon and Washington, according to the retired president of Fox Sports who negotiated numerous media rights deals with college conferences.

Bob Thompson, an Oregon graduate, believes “staying where you’re at” is the best move for the Pacific Northwest tandem, particularly with the expanded College Football Playoff providing the Pac-12 champion a near-certain berth.

“The expansion of the (playoff) and the fact there are likely going to be automatic bids for a number of conference champions is great for the Pac-12,” Thompson said on ‘Canzano and Wilner: The Podcast.’

During a wide-ranging discussion that focused on the Pac-12’s media rights strategy — the conference is currently negotiating a new agreement, to begin in the fall of 2024 — Thompson was asked about the financial component behind further Big Ten expansion.

The conference, which added USC and UCLA on June 30, is reportedly considering more West Coast schools, with Oregon and Washington atop the list.

However, it has long coveted Notre Dame, and the Irish are reportedly the only school mentioned by name in the portion of the Big Ten’s media rights contract that covers expansion.

“The only one that pencils out … is Notre Dame,” Thompson said. “And I don’t think that if Oregon and Washington — and even throw in Stanford and Cal, if they went out there — that they’re going to get a full share.”

The Big Ten contract, which was announced in August, is set to pay each school more than $70 million in the second half of the decade, thanks to a three-pronged partnership with Fox, NBC and CBS.

In order for West Coast teams to earn a full share, the networks must be willing to pay them approximately $70 million per year over the life of the seven-year contract.

In other words, adding Oregon, UW, Stanford and Cal to create a western division would cost the Big Ten’s media partners an additional $280 million per year for seven years — or $2 billion.

If Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Cal are not assigned $70 million annual valuations by the TV networks, there would be two options: 1) Pay every school the same amount, which would be less than the $70 million the 16 are scheduled to earn; or 2) Pay the four new members less than the other 16.

“They’d have to come out at a discount,” said Thompson, who negotiated media deals with the Pac-12 during his tenure at Fox Sports. “And it would be a significant discount, probably not a whole lot more than you’re going to get staying in the Pac-12.”

He was also skeptical of the competitive benefits that would come with membership in the Big Ten.

When the College Football Playoff expands to 12 teams (as early as 2024), it will provide automatic berths for the six highest-ranked conference champions, plus six at-large teams.

Win the Pac-12, and the likelihood of a berth is high.

Move into the cluttered Big Ten, and the competition for both automatic berths and at-large slots becomes fierce.

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“Your chances for success and being relevant … from a playoff standpoint are greatly enhanced by staying where you’re at,” Thompson said.

During a 45-minute discussion, Thompson also offered his insight into:

— The future of the Pac-12 Networks.

— Expansion options for the Pac-12.

— How media rights negotiations unfold behind the scenes.

— The potential for a Pac-12 partnership with the ACC.

— Whether the Pac-12 should consider a streaming deal with Apple or Amazon.

“At this point, you stick your toe in the (streaming) water — and maybe several toes in the water — and the conference is going to come off as either not very smart or brilliant, cutting-edge thinkers,’’ he said.

“I think you have to go ahead and take that step. And I think they are.”

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