Dallas Cowboys Offseason Plans: Three Burning Questions
By Carl Daley
With free agency approaching, the Dallas Cowboys will need to answer some burning questions in the coming weeks. Here is a look at some possible solutions.
The Dallas Cowboys are heading into the offseason with plenty of burning questions at various positions on the roster. Expect the front office to begin building and shaping the 2017 roster in the next couple of weeks as the Cowboys prepare for free agency. Here are some things I believe the Cowboys organization will be keeping in mind.
Where to find a quality wide receiver?
Dallas will be making a ton of decisions in regards to their wide receiving corps this offseason. They will see two of their role players, Terrance Williams and Brice Butler hit free agency. Both wide receivers have dealt with their fair share of inconsistent play throughout the season. However it is easy to see that if the Cowboys were to re-sign one of them it would be Williams.
It is unknown what their market value will be and if any teams are interested enough to overpay for either receiver but it is likely the Cowboys will invest in the position during the offseason. Whether they focus on the position in the draft or free agency is up to anyone’s speculation however there are some clear cut answers in the players they can select in March.
There are three real types of players the franchise can go after, the splash players, the role players, and the gambles. The splash players are the ones who are destined to be overpaid strictly because of their ceiling, athleticism, and overall production. These players include but are not limited to, Chicago Bears number one target Alshon Jeffery, Washington Redskins speedster, DeSean Jackson, and possibly converted quarterback, Terrelle Pryor.
The role players are the more reliable targets who can be complimentary components in a high powered offense. These players include, Washington wide receiver, Pierre Garcon, Minnesota Vikings breakout player, Adam Thielen, Miami Dolphins playmaker Kenny Stills, Atlanta Falcons return specialist, Taylor Gabriel, and of course the Cowboys own Terrance Williams.
Then we have the gambles, the players who could end up going boom or bust at their next destination thanks to character concerns or unknown potential. That list would include Minnesota’s Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee’s Kendall Wright, or free agent Josh Gordon.
In the 2017 NFL Draft the list of top prospects is pretty deep this season and the Cowboys could find themselves in a great position to utilize their first pick on one of the best wide receivers in the first or second round.