We go over every single unrestricted free agent the Dallas Cowboys have this offseason and give our take on whether they should be re-signed or not.
The Dallas Cowboys have a whopping 20 unrestricted free agents they’ll need to make decisions about in the following weeks. Those choices will ultimately determine how the rest of the Cowboys offseason plans will unfold.
So, without further ado, here is the entire list of Dallas’ unrestricted free agents. Should the Cowboys re-sign them or not? One-by-one, I give my “yes or no” answers below, along with a short explanation afterwards.
QB Kellen Moore – Yes
Explanation: Moore is basically an extra quarterback coach. But at least he has proven he can be a more effective quarterback in this offense over Sanchez.
QB Mark Sanchez – No
Explanation: Although his sideline relationship with Dak Prescott seemed valuable, his play on the field was horrid. There are better, cheaper options available in free agency.
RB Lance Dunbar – No
Explanation: Too much unfulfilled potential. Too many injuries.
RB Darren McFadden – Yes
Explanation: Still has tremendous value as a back-up to Ezekiel Elliott.
WR Brice Butler – No
Explanation: Too many dropped passes and boneheaded plays. Time to invest in a younger player here. The Cowboys practice squad’s Andy Jones for example.
WR Terrance Williams – No
Explanation: Likely will receive a more lucrative offer elsewhere. Dallas needs a speedster in his spot to stretch opposing defenses.
TE Gavin Escobar – No
Explanation: Really? We all know why. Moving on…
G Jonathan Cooper – Yes
Explanation: I’d actually like to see how this former first round selection would play beside an offensive line consisting of three Pro Bowlers. Although it appears the player wants to test the open market.
G Ronald Leary – No
Explanation: I’d love to keep Leary as the starting left guard and kick La’el Collins over to right tackle. Unfortunately, I think the price tag to keep him is too high. Especially considering the Cowboys still need to lock up starting right guard Zack Martin long term.
DT Richard Ash – No
Explanation: Simply not enough production.
DT Jack Crawford – Yes
Explanation: I think Crawford’s play and versatility has warranted him an extension.
DE Ryan Davis – No
Explanation: See Richard Ash.
DT Terrell McClain – Yes
Explanation: I think you gotta keep McClain. The guy was the Cowboys best defensive lineman for parts of last season. Due to his injury history, I don’t expect it will be too pricey to keep the veteran on the roster another year.
LB Andrew Gachkar – Yes
Explanation: I actually liked what I saw from Gachkar late in the season. I think keeping the veteran linebacker around another year is a great insurance policy if either Sean Lee or Jaylon Smith struggle with injury.
LB Justin Durant – No
Explanation: I believe it’s time to hang up those cleats.
LB Rolando McClain – No
Explanation: There are no words. Just go.
CB Brandon Carr – No
Explanation: I think the Cowboys keep either Carr or Claiborne. And for me, Mo has more upside. If only we could combine the two: Claiborne’s play from last season and Carr’s durability.
S Barry Church – Yes
Explanation: I believe it’s vital the Cowboys re-sign Church this offseason. Even if Dallas lands a young stud safety in the draft, Barry is the perfect mentor and bridge player.
CB Morris Claiborne – Yes
Explanation: Again, I believe Claiborne showed enough last season to justify another one-year deal. Obviously, he also proved he’s still injury prone. So Dallas needs to find a back-up plan, likely in the draft.
S J.J. Wilcox – Yes
Explanation: I believe Wilcox showed just enough progress to earn one more season in Dallas. But if another team chooses to overpay for the former third round pick out of Georgia Southern, I’m not losing sleep over it.
So, there are my thoughts on how the Dallas Cowboys should treat each of their unrestricted free agents this offseason. Where did I get it wrong? Let me know whom you’d like to keep or let walk in the comment section below.