Anyone following the Dallas Cowboys this offseason has noticed their front office appears to be taking a much more calculated, conservative and cerebral approach towards improving their team. Gone are the days of Cowboys owner, general manager, and snake oil salesman Jerry Jones making wildcatter decisions from the hip. Remember, that “hip” is 71 years old now. And along with age usually comes a bit of wisdom. It also doesn’t hurt to have your son, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and your head coach, Jason Garrett, whispering sweet dreams of Super Bowls in your ear.
From the release of overpaid, underperforming veteran All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware, to the protected contract of free agent defensive tackle Henry Melton, to the drafting an offensive guard in Notre Dame’s Zack Martin over the flashy quarterback in Johnny Manziel; Dallas appears to be one zebra who has actually changed their strips. And they continued making impressive front office decisions over the weekend. On Friday, Dallas signed former first round pick defensive tackle Amobi Okoye to a two-year deal. The front office followed that signing up on Saturday with the addition of former Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams.
After sitting on the sidelines for most of the free agency period, Dallas has continued their more cerebral approach to signing veterans by waiting until after the draft. The Cowboys knew veteran players would become available after the draft’s influx of new blood on teams. And now the Cowboys are cashing in. Again, it’s the smart play.