After a solid season of 10-6, an NFC East title and a playoff run that ended in the divisional round, what do the Cowboys need to improve in 2019?
There are hundreds of ways this can do down for the Cowboys.
Free agency, NFL draft or trading for higher picks. Here are the positions the Cowboys need to address and which players they should target in free agency.
The Cowboys found out the hard way, earlier in the season that having one standout WR in Cole Beasley wasn’t enough to confuse defenses. The signed Amari Cooper from the Raiders and things picked up for them.
It looks as though the Cowboys will lose Beasley to FA, who should they look to add depth to the offensive position?
Devin Funchess – Panthers
Funchess is a talented WR, who had a poor showing at the end of 2018 and looks set to try his hand on the FA market. During his four seasons with the Panthers, Funchess had 161 receptions for over 2,200 yards with 21 touchdowns. A player like this would certainly open up the offensive field for the Cowboys and give Dak Prescott more players to throw to with Cooper.
Chris Hogan – Patriots
If the rumors are to be believed, Cole Beasley could be on his way to New England. This could mean a deal for slot receiver Chris Hogan in exchange. Hogan is having a quiet year but is still one of the top receivers in the game. His route running ability and solid hands would make him a great target for the Cowboys during FA.
It comes as no surprise the Cowboys will look for a quality tight end this offseason. Since the departure of Jason Witten, they have struggled to find the main man at the position. Dalton Shultz, Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers and Geoff Swaim have all had a try, but no one is the complete package. Who should the Cowboys turn to, to improve at tight end?
Jesse James – Steelers
There is a lot going on behind closed doors in Pittsburgh, none of it good. They are looking to clean house this offseason and will not renew the four-year rookie contract of James. The former fifth rounds pick out of Penn State, would be a great addition to the Cowboys team.
James is a great pass catcher and can block as well. He is young and is still learning the craft. The time to move on him is now.
Tyler Eifert – Bengals
When he is healthy, Eifert is a great TE. He has only played 12 out of 48 games since he tore ankle ligaments in the Pro Bowl of 2015. If the Cowboys can get him cheap, they will get a fine player. He has 21 touchdowns in 43 games across six seasons with the Bengals.
The Cowboys need to replace Jeff Heath. He isn’t good as a safety. He often loses his man or is in the wrong position to defend his line properly. Let’s take a look at who would fit the Cowboys system the best at safety.
Earl Thomas – Seahawks
Thomas has made it perfectly clear to the world, he wants to be a Cowboy someday. The deal couldn’t get done earlier this season and now with Thomas in FA, it’s only a matter of time before he ends up in Arlington, Texas.
When Thomas was carted off the field with a fractured leg in week four, he flipped the bird to the Seahawks fans and sealed his own fate.
All thought, Thomas is hot-headed, he is still regarded as one of the best safeties in the game and will be a prized acquisition for any team who lands him.
Maliek Collins and Antwuan Woods are not the best defensive tackles and tend to be the weak link in the Cowboys line. A defense which was ranked in the top 10 for most of the 2018 season will only improve with an addition a superior DT. Who should the Cowboys target in FA?
Richardson will enter his seventh season in the NFL looking for a new franchise after the Vikings failed to renew his one-year contract beyond 2018. He finished the season with 26 solo tackles, 49 total, and 4.5 sacks through 16 games.
Richardson is a quality player and would add great depth to a Cowboys defensive line.
Ricky seems to be getting better with age. The veteran of 11 seasons has just entered FA after a stellar season with the Lions saw him finish with 30 total tackles and 3 sacks through 16 games. A player like this, with immense experience, will only help to boost the Cowboys stocks.
You can never have enough players trying to protect your quarterback. This is something the Cowboys have struggled with over the years and needs constant improvement. Here are a few players to look at in FA.
Nsekhe has just finished his fourth season with the Redskins and won’t be staying on in 2019. He has grown into a great backup Offensive tackle. Due to the Redskins stocks being decimated by injury, he has played more of a starting role of late.
At 6’7” and 330 lbs, Nsekhe is a man mountain who is a great blocker and knows how to protect the man with the ball. He would be a great asset to the Cowboys depth charts.