This week, the Dolphins signed OT Marc Colombo, LB Kevin Burnett, and QB Matt Moore, among others. Those three players have something in common other than their current places on the Dolphins’ roster, though: they’re all CowPhins.
What is a CowPhin, you ask? Well, quite simply, a CowPhin is a player who was once on the Cowboys and is now on the Dolphins. And while I’m sure there are historical examples of CowPhins, the ones we’re focusing on today are the guys that head coach Tony Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland oversaw while they were in Dallas.
Moore was an undrafted free agent signed by the ‘Boys in 2007 and while he didn’t make the team that year, he’s a CowPhin. Burnett played in Dallas from 2005-2008 before heading to San Diego, so he’s a CowPhin. And Colombo is a definite CowPhin, having spent the last six seasons in Big D.
As you look over the rest of the roster, there are other CowPhins. Lousaka Polite, Joe Berger, and Anthony Fasano have all spent time in Dallas and as this roster continues to be assembled, don’t be surprised if another CowPhin or two is born.
While there is a tendency by some fans to rebel against the idea of the CowPhin, we must realize that Sparano and Ireland have not had any trouble parting ways with CowPhins who didn’t perform up to expectation. Cory Procter, Bobby Carpenter, and Pat McQuistan are three CowPhins that were here last year and are now gone. Before that, Jason Ferguson and Akin Ayodele came from Dallas to Miami and have since moved on.
Don’t forget, some of the top contributors of the past few years have been CowPhins and with any luck, the newest additions will prove their value in the weeks and months ahead.
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