3 worst moves of the Dallas Cowboys 2022 offseason

Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory (94) celebrates against the Carolina Panthers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Losing Randy Gregory at the 11th Hour to the Broncos

Whether Stephen and Jerry Jones want to admit it or not, this team wanted Randy Gregory. The two of them can try and tell fans that they wanted Dante Fowler Jr. and Dorance Armstrong all along, but the facts don’t add up.

For a solid 90 minutes, Cowboys fans were thrilled that arguably the team’s biggest free agent was back on the roster to continue helping the defense excel in 2022. Then, as soon as he decided to sign with Denver, everyone shouted about how terrible he was and how the Cowboys didn’t need him.

The way this situation went down is the reason it’s the No. 1 on this list. The team’s social media account literally tweeted that Gregory was being signed by the team only to be trolled by the Broncos’ Twitter account a few hours later.

Many have conflicting opinions about the contract conjecture that led Gregory to flee to Denver. The Cowboys claim the language was in every player’s contract aside from Dak Prescott’s. The clause allowed the Cowboys to withhold any guaranteed money from a player if that individual was fined or suspended – two issues Gregory certainly dealt with plenty in his career.

The defensive end claimed he was willing to take less money from Dallas to stay with the team. Once a dollar amount was agreed upon (which happened to be pretty much the exact same contract he got from the Cowboys), the front office went back and wanted to add that clause.

There are two sides to every story. But what matters here is that the Cowboys are without one of their longstanding defenders. The truth is that Gregory is better than both Armstrong and Fowler. Once again, instead of going after Von Miller, Bobby Wagner, or any of the available strong linebackers in the free-agent pool, the Cowboys played it safe. This situation was one of the most shocking in the entire offseason.

**Obviously an honorable mention goes to losing Amari Cooper for a fifth-round pick. But at least the Cowboys have found a way to pad that loss with Michael Gallup and others.**

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