Dallas Cowboys approach to free agency is the right one

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

It pays to be patient, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones knows that

Every year, the Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones usually head into free agency with the same gameplan. That is to sit back, relax, and wait until the chaos calms down. That strategy is better suited for teams with a competing roster.

In waiting it out, you are less likely to get caught up in overpaying a player. Instead, you can find a player with a chip on their shoulder with a cheaper deal. While it hasn’t always worked out, it hasn’t cost the team much.

Last season, the team walked away with defensive linemen Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe and tight end Blake Bell. The first two players did not pan out, but the Cowboys did not suffer much against the cap with their departure.

Ahead of one of the most complicated offseasons for any general manager, we should not have expected anything less. The pieces are falling into place.

The last thing Jerry Jones wants to do is overspend in free agency. It has been proven not to work. The teams spending the most guaranteed money end the seasons with the worst records.


The Cowboys are rightfully in the market for defensive backs. Eight defensive backs signed for north of $10 million per season this offseason. That would take up most of Dallas’ $11.7 million cap space.

Signing a safety remains a need and will be able to squeeze in with Jerry’s patience. After that, the team must stand pat and leave room for the rookies who will soon don the star.

The Cowboys are supposedly pursuing safeties, Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee, with fans pushing for the cornerback, Kyle Fuller. All three options would be an immediate starter.

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There is no reason for Dallas to rush a deal with a free agent. Thankfully, they haven’t yet. With the market calming down, Jerry Jones will come out from his otherworldly yacht.

While he did make some signings already, they are more depth players. Their big signing this offseason (other than re-signing their quarterback) is coming soon.