The Dallas Cowboys are not a perfect team, like every team not named the Patriots, they have places they need to improve. With free agency a few weeks away and the draft over two months out, the team has needs.
If recent years have been any indication, we know the Cowboys won’t spend big money on outside talent. Stephen Jones has continued the crusade against signing name players at a high cost for anyone outside the organization. In reality, this is a smart way to go about building your team, especially this off-season for the Cowboys. They have work to do to get many of their best players back in the fold for 2019 and beyond.
However, that doesn’t mean the team cannot buck the trend and invest where necessary. The Cowboys could use improvement at a number of positions when free agency opens on March 13. Here are the positions where Dallas could use a significant investment and the players to help get them over the hump.
We know where this is leading to, the Earl Thomas recruitment. This has been building for over a year now and the Cowboys have their shot to acquire a winning piece on a player who wants to play for Dallas. He’s the perfect fit to bring leadership and playmaking skills to a secondary in desperate need of both.
Luckily for the Cowboys, though, if they don’t want to pony up for Thomas, there are other options at safety. This is a good free agent class that includes Landon Collins, Adrian Amos, Tyrann Mathieu, HaHa Clinton-Dix, LaMarcus Joyner, Marcus Gilchrist, and Kenny Vaccaro to name a few. Dallas should be looking for an upgrade over Jeff Heath to pair with Xavier Woods to make a more formidable last line of defense.
The Cowboys haven’t put many quality resources into the interior of the defensive line and the team could use a run stuffing body in the middle. Dallas has done well finding players out of the bottom of the barrel, but there are some really good guys who should interest them in free agency.
Grady Jarrett would be the ideal player to plug the middle and has some pass rushing ability, but Sheldon Richardson and Ndamukong Suh would also be good fits. All three would cost the Cowboys good money, but they would all also help the team win games.
If the team doesn’t re-sign Cole Beasley, and there’s a decent chance they don’t, they will be in the market for a receiver who can stretch the field or a diminutive slot guy who can get open for Dak Prescott on third downs.
Tyrell Williams and John Brown fit the description of guys who can get down the field and make plays, but neither will come cheap. Golden Tate and Randall Cobb are also interesting, although Tate would cost a decent amount of money.
None of these receivers would break the bank but would cost them valuable salary cap dollars. However, the question remains, if the Cowboys aren’t extending Beasley for $5-6 million, they likely won’t dole out that money to any of these wideouts either.
This may not be on the top of everyone’s list, but the Cowboys could definitely use another edge rusher. The team will surely extend DeMarcus Lawrence with a large contract and may not want to double-dip, but there are edge rushers worthy of taking a long look at. Frank Clark and Trey Flowers are coming off of outstanding seasons, so they are probably out of Dallas’ price range. So too are Brandon Graham and Dante Fowler, but the Cowboys should investigate the price and see if they can bring another pass rusher into the fold.
These are just some of the names and players who warrant consideration for the Cowboys in free agency. None will come cheap, but the Cowboys do have some money to put back into their team this off-season. Now is the time to get aggressive and signing one or two brand name free agents could do wonders for the Cowboys moving forward.
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