The 2022 NFL offseason has been one of the wildest in many years. Football analysts like Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, who have been doing this for years, even admitted that this has been one of the craziest they have seen. NFL fans are going to be seeing a lot of star players in new uniforms next year, including former members of the Dallas Cowboys on teams like the Dolphins, Browns, and Broncos.
While some think the offseason hasn’t been all that terrible for the Cowboys, the overwhelming consensus among most analysts and fans is that it has involved mostly internal, depth signings and there’s been more loss than gain. Jerry and Stephen Jones have made numerous questionable decisions from who they traded to who they let go to why they didn’t sign certain free agents. This has earned them a ton of slack in the sports media world.
The latest hit comes from a new Bleacher Report article that handed out grades for all 32 NFL teams on how they did in free agency before the draft. Teams like the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers all got A grades. Notice four of those teams all got former Cowboys players.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, did not fare so well. The front office received a D. Normally, when things go poorly for Dallas, we can always look over at our foes in the NFC East to have a laugh about some poor choices they made. But this time around, we can’t even do that. America’s Team received the worst grade for their pre-draft offseason decisions out of all the NFC East teams. Yikes.
The Dallas Cowboys receive a failing grade from Bleacher Report for their offseason moves
To bring some positivity here, there were a few teams with worse grades. The New England Patriots got a D- and the Chicago Bears somehow managed to get an F. Let’s look at what the four NFC East teams scored and why:
Dallas Cowboys: D
- According to the article, the only thing that went right for the Cowboys this offseason was the return of coordinators Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore. The argument here is that the Cowboys had a strong roster that needed more help to succeed. Getting rid of critical components of a roster that went 12-5 was entirely unhelpful especially given the Cowboys didn’t add anyone spectacular in free agency.
Washington Commanders: C+
- That’s right. The Washington Commanders are paying Carson Wentz a disturbingly high amount of money and still scored better than Dallas. Similar to Dallas, Washington didn’t add much this offseason, but at least they didn’t give away their talent. Plus, at the end of the day, Wentz is an upgrade from Heinicke.
Philadelphia Eagles: C
- Even though the Eagles had a plethora of important draft capital to give away, they still couldn’t secure quarterbacks like Russell Wilson or DeShaun Watson. It’s the faith that the team can fix itself in the draft that keeps their grade this high. They wisely swapped a first-round pick with the Saints for a 2023 first-rounder and 2024 second-rounder, but Philly still has two first-round picks. If Hurts has a breakout year, the Eagles could be trouble.
New York Giants: C
- This one hurts. Even despite a small spending amount due to the immense damage done by former GM Dave Gettleman, the Giants were still able to make things happen. They retained Sterling Shepard and Blake Martinez and picked up right guard Mark Glowinski (who would have been a great sign by the Cowboys by the way).
In a dismal conference, the Cowboys let their enemies do more than they did in the first wave of free agency. While Dallas still has important puzzle pieces like Micah Parsons, Trevon Diggs, and more, will they still be able to sail through the NFC East this year?