It's no secret that the Dallas Cowboys need help in the interior offensive line, which is why it wasn't surprising to hear early this morning—via NFL.com's Ian Rapoport—that the team had traded for a veteran guard/center:
Compensation to the Dolphins isn't yet known.
The Cowboys got an up-close look at Cook on Wednesday night, when they played the Dolphins in their preseason finale. Cook started for Miami, along with the rest of the reserve offensive line.
The 6'6", 325-pound former second-round pick has been in the league six years. He barely played last season, but he graded out positively as a pass-blocker in 2010 while taking 97 snaps at center in Minnesota, according to Pro Football Focus.
He was not as good in seven starts at guard, however.
There's no way this can hurt. Cook brings experience at a low cost (Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports it might be a seventh-round pick). He hasn't been a regular starter since 2008, but he'll only be asked to help add depth to a shallow spot in the lineup.
Here's what else is making headlines this morning in the NFL's most popular division:
This doesn't sound overly promising: Jerry Jones tells USA Today's Jim Corbett that "it's certainly not impossible to think" Jason Witten could play Wednesday in New York. So you're telling me there's a chance...
It's cut day, and thus, DallasCowboys.com analyst Bryan Broaddus looks at five tough decisions the team has to make.
From Paul Schwartz of the New York Post: Even the business-like Giants have jumped in on the trash-talk game in advance of next week's tilt with Dallas, with Mathias Kiwanuka reminding Jerry Jones that "the Giants have been whupping his ass for a long time.''
Prince Amukamara is likely to miss that opener with Dallas but is aiming for a Week 2 return, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk.
From Sheil Kapadia of PhillyMag.com: It'll be a nerve-wracking day for Bryce Brown and Chris Polk after both put on stellar performances in the preseason finale Thursday night. Will both make the final roster?
The guys at Hogs Haven are tracking roster cuts on Friday. As of this posting, the 'Skins have already released 13, including Willie Smith, Erik Cook, Terrence Austin and Brandyn Thompson.
Injuries make the running back situation interesting. Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times suggests that the last man standing will win the starting job for the majority of the season.