3 best moves of the Dallas Cowboys 2022 offseason

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The Dallas Cowboys have had quite the 2022 offseason. They said goodbye to some key members of their roster, chose to stay pretty quiet in free agency, and relied heavily on the draft to secure new talent. We already did an article about three of the worst decisions the Cowboys made as an organization this offseason. But, what about three moves that will greatly help the team this year?

While there are plenty of people who have criticized the front office for not doing enough this offseason, the Joneses did make some critical moves that will not only help the Cowboys in 2022 but should be able to help the team for many years to come.

Let’s take a look at three moves that were beneficial for Dallas so far this offseason.

The 3 best moves made by the Dallas Cowboys so far this offseason

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May 14, 2022; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson (48) catches a pass against linebacker Devin Harper (50) during practice at the Ford Center at the Star Training Facility in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Drafting TE Jake Ferguson amidst TE depth issues

The Cowboys’ tight end room has had some major changes over the last couple of months. Former starting tight end Blake Jarwin was cut in March due to major injury concerns that were allegedly going to keep him out of the beginning of the 2022 season.

From there, the front office had almost no choice but to put Dalton Schultz on the franchise tag for a hefty $10.9 million price. Aside from Schultz, the only remaining options on the depth chart were Sean McKeon and Jeremy Sprinkle who did next to nothing for Dallas in 2021.

With depth a glaring issue at both tight end and wide receiver and the possibility of Schultz going elsewhere after 2022, drafting a tight end was of massive importance for the front office. While they missed out on names like Trey McBride, Jalen Wydermyer, and Cade Otton, the Cowboys got themselves a rookie out of Wisconsin who seems to already be impressing the coaching staff early on in offseason programming.

Jake Ferguson is fully prepared to give Schultz a run for his money (literally if he keeps him from a long-term contract). The Wisconsin product made First-Team All-Big 10 in 2021 and has the size and power to warrant serious NFL potential. He ended his college career with 1,168 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Badgers.  It’s also worth noting that, like Schultz, Ferguson was a fourth-rounder.

Head coach Mike McCarthy was already singing the rookie’s praises after the first week of offseason programming. McCarthy liked that Ferguson had experience with the pro punt formation (thanks to his time at Wisconsin), which could also help him earn some play time on special teams, among other things:

"“Ferguson? Boy, what didn’t you like about him? I like the way he plays. That’s the first thing that jumped out. I like his play style. I like his aggressiveness. And I think he’s what you need at tight end. He is able to play on the ball, off the ball, he’s productive as a receiver.”"

If Ferguson excels in his rookie season and the Cowboys do not sign Schultz to a long-term deal, Dallas would save some serious money on not having to extend their current TE1. The spot is Ferguson’s to take, and with a four-year contract to his name, he will hopefully be a reliable pass catcher for Dallas for years to come.