Newy Scruggs, sports anchor at NBC5 in Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS-TV) and radio host weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on NBC Sports Radio Sirius XM 213/202 and NBCSportsRadio.com, answered questions in a live chat Wednesday. Here are some highlights:
Q: Earl Thomas to the Cowboys — why or why not???
Scruggs: I would sign Earl Thomas if Kris Richard said do it. He clearly knows the scheme and can help the Cowboys with takeaways. The Cowboys’ defensive backs just don’t make a lot of interceptions. Safety Xavier Woods tied rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with two picks. Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones didn’t have a pick last year. The Cowboys’ other starting corner, Chido Awuzie, had one. Folks, Earl Thomas had two picks against the Cowboys in the game he faced them last season. He only played in four games last season and made three picks, which means he would have led the Cowboys in interceptions. Yeah, I would make a run at Thomas if I were Jerry Jones.
Q: Antonio Brown to the Cowboys — why or why not???
Scruggs: The Steelers’ All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown took to Twitter on Tuesday to let the public know he wants out. … Cowboys fans need to forget any thoughts about making a deal with Pittsburgh for him. Dallas has a No. 1 wide receiver in Amari Cooper. The Cowboys gave up this year’s first-round draft pick for Cooper, and oh, by the way, his deal is up after the 2019 season. Cooper is set to make $13.92 million this upcoming season. He’s 24 years old and he will not be looking to accept a pay cut.
Brown will be 31 this upcoming season with a roster bonus of $2.5 million due March 17. His cap hit for 2019 is $12.625 million, $11.3 million in 2020, and $12.5 million in 2021 per ESPN.com.
Yes, that is less than what Cooper is making but I can’t see two alpha dogs as the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver. Cooper is the lead dog and it needs to stay that way. I don’t care if Brown is the better player.
… Brown became a distraction for the Black and Gold. A player focused more on “me” than “we.” I will not fault him for all the issues of the 2018 Steelers. The quarterback in Pittsburgh is a “me” guy, as well. Put some blame on ownership for allowing the Steelers to a become a locker room circus.
Q: Is Kellen Moore going to be the Cowboys X-factor next season? Is that a scary proposition given his inexperience?
Scruggs: I have never seen Kellen Moore call a play. It’s all a guess at this point.
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