For all intents and purposes, the Cowboys are done with free agency. Due to a difficult cap situation, the team wasn’t particularly active. The Nnamdi situation aside, the ‘Boys took a cautious approach that has many questioning the owner’s fiscal health. However, they did quietly address their needs. In the end, they added or kept three defensive ends, two safeties, a guard, and a tackle, among others. While it would’ve been nice to see them make some impact additions, there weren’t a lot of smart moves to be made.
As a general rule, free agents were grossly overpaid during this free agency period. Roman Harper and Stephen Bowen each received $30 million dollar contracts. Not that there is anything wrong with either Harper or Bowen, but they aren’t $30 million dollar players. And, the fact that they did get those deals, indicates an overvalued market. Hell, the Bucs gave $19 million to a punter. That is not a wise use of money.
We should be thankful that Jerry didn’t get involved in all of that madness. Next year, they will be in salary cap hell because they overvalued a bunch of players and now have to eat a bunch of dead cap space. Mistakes like Roy Williams and Marion Barber’s contract are weighing heavily on the teams’ financial situation, and, with that on his mind, it’s hard to blame Jerry for not wanting to throw a bunch of money at a 30-year old Nnamdi Asomugha or Michael Huff. Truth be told, if Jerry were tossing money around like the Eagles — not that it’s possible — everyone would point to the Cowboys and call them out for trying to buy a championship.
My overall grade for the ‘Boys’ performance in free agency is a C. I think they took a smart approach, but some really stupid in the decisions from the past have to be taken into account because they limited the ‘Boys’ flexibility.
Let’s put this to a poll. How did the Cowboys do in free agency?