3 defensive moves the Cowboys still need to make this offseason

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2. Sign a veteran defensive tackle

The Dallas Cowboys couldn’t stop the run last season whatsoever. As mentioned earlier, they ranked 31st in the NFL in rush yards allowed per game (158.8). On top of that, they ranked 30th in rush yards allowed per carry (5.0) and 31st in rush first downs allowed per game (8.9).

Consequently, the Cowboys should sign a veteran defensive tackle to make an impact at the line. It appeared last season that Dallas lacked in that department.

They even tried to fix that issue going into last season by signing two veteran defensive tackles. They signed two former Carolina Panthers players Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy. However, both didn’t work out as McCoy suffered a season-ending injury before the season started and Poe was cut later in the season.

Now, the Cowboys should try to revisit this issue. With the second wave of free-agent moves coming, Dallas could be actively trying to add depth to this position. A couple of big-name defensive tackles that Dallas could target is Gerald McCoy, Kawaan Short, Jurrell Casey, and Shelby Harris.