Report: Cowboys meet with TE draft prospect Pharaoh Brown
The Dallas Cowboys met with an NFL draft prospect teeming with red flags.
To put it plainly, the Dallas Cowboys aren't afraid of red flags.
They've demonstrated as much several times in recent history as evidenced with defensive ends Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, and the signing of Damontre Moore this offseason pushes the theory even further.
That said, they're willing to entertain working with a player's baggage should it come equipped with talent -- as would be the case with Oregon star tight end Pharaoh Brown. The Cowboys met with Brown for a spell after the Oregon Pro Day, no doubt hoping to get clarity into his issues as they may have some interest in putting his name on their draft board.
After pro day, TE Pharaoh Brown has spent the last half hour or so talking with scouts from Washington and Dallas.— Andrew Greif (@AndrewGreif) March 16, 2017
The 6-foot-6, 255 lb. Brown is dynamic with the ball in his hands, but that's not why his name remains in the news feed. Since 2014, he's been accused of three separate violent acts -- including concussing a fellow player with a punch and a physical fight with his girlfriend in 2015.
No charges were filed and no discipline was handed down by Oregon for either act, and the Lane County Assistant District Attorney found that Brown's girlfriend was the aggressor in their 2015 altercation.
Although cleared, where there's smoke -- there's potentially fire. It'll be up to the Cowboys' front office to determine if they're willing to stock the facility with extinguishers as they work to reel in his off-the-field issues so that they can benefit from strong talent.
Take a look for yourself:
Coming off of a solid 2016, Brown has averaged 423 yards and 5.5 touchdowns in his last two seasons played -- having missed the 2015 campaign due to a gruesome leg injury that nearly saw him lose his leg altogether.
It took three surgeries to repair the damage, proving Brown has the heart of a lion when it comes to overcoming adversity. And, in the process, his measurables are flat-out impressive.
The Cowboys have a mountain of issues at the tight end position going into 2017, and things aren't getting any better this offseason. Jason Witten will not commit to playing beyond 2017 and backup Geoff Swaim returned from injured reserve only to fracture his foot, requiring surgery to repair.
Swaim is now projected to miss all of OTAs while compatriot James Hanna, also returning from injured reserve due to a knee injury, has yet to be cleared for any activity by the team.
This puts a ton of onus on project TE Rico Gathers, a player head coach Jason Garrett says is a "long way" from being ready to take meaningful NFL game snaps. The good news for the Cowboys is the 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talent at the position, with Brown being one of many.
Should they choose to give Brown a shot, though, they'll have to walk in with both eyes wide open -- especially with so many other options available.
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