Every year NFL teams have to deal with turnover. Whether they can’t keep players because of salary cap issues, they lose people to free agency, they make trades, or they have to make cuts in order save money, rosters always change in the offseason. The Dallas Cowboys are no exception. This year has been particularly rough for the Cowboys. Because the team entered February at $21 million over the cap, tough decisions had to be made in order to get back under.
People go back and forth about how they feel about what the Cowboys have done thus far this offseason. Some feel the team needs to quit shopping in the bargain bin and look into some external signings. Others think the team has actually made some great decisions. Multiple trusted media outlets seem to be in the first camp.
Last week, PFF gave the Cowboys a “below average” grade for the moves they’ve made so far this offseason. A PFF writer even tweeted out the below graph showing that Dallas is one of the teams with the worst improvement index without losing a QB. Now, Bleacher Report has released a list of the seven NFL teams they believe have lost the most talent so far in free agency. The Cowboys were among the seven.
Dallas was ranked at No. 3 and the other teams include the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks. Bleacher Report listed the Cowboys’ key losses as Cedrick Wilson, La’el Collins, Connor Williams, and Randy Gregory. The reason that Cooper is not included here is that he was a trade rather than a free agency loss.
Bleacher Report ranks the Cowboys at No. 3 of the seven NFL teams who lost the most talent in free agency
The article notes that maybe by some miracle all of the decisions Stephen and Jerry Jones made will make sense in six months. Until then, the writer literally said, “What, uh—what exactly are you doing, Dallas?” Yikes.
Bleacher Report specifically notes how absurd it was that the Cowboys let Collins seek a trade before even officially cutting him. The most important thing the article points out is how little the front office has done to address the losses. So far, in response to losing a wide receiver, defensive end, offensive tackle, and offensive guard, the Cowboys have signed a decent WR4 (James Washington) and a depth defensive end (Dante Fowler Jr.). No signings or changes have been made to assist the offensive line or help with linebacker/edge rushing.
Let’s also point out that that’s not because there haven’t been people available. The Cowboys just don’t want to pay for anyone. Will this philosophy of dealing out one and two-year contracts for small money work out? Can the Cowboys realistically get all the talent they still need in the draft? I guess we will have to wait to find out.