The Dallas Cowboys’ history when you look at some of their recent moves or lack thereof at times has been frustrating.
Whether it’s owner Jerry Jones stirring the pot in the media about the potential to make moves to better the team or VP of Player Personnel Stephen Jones pointing to managing the salary cap they’ve somehow been effective at fielding teams that are seen as contenders almost every season.
With 2023 shaping up to be another offseason the Cowboys ownership hype up the potential success they will need to do a few things to build on their 2022 success.
But before we take a look at some of the good moves and bad moves this team could potentially make this offseason, let’s take a look at some of the past moves that proved to be helpful and harmful to the team in 2022.
Good Cowboys moves in 2022 offseason
Cutting La’el Collins
This move proved to work out well for the Cowboys as Collins would go on to have a poor season that came to an end after he suffered a major knee injury. While the Bengals dealt with the poor play from Collins they were rewarded with the play from Terence Steele who continued to progress before his season-ending knee injury.
Tagging Dalton Schultz
The move worked out well in two ways for the Cowboys regarding Schultz, they got another strong season from him on the field. He also helped to mentor both Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot, rookies who under his tutelage have become nice pieces for the Cowboys in the future.
Bringing Back Leighton Vander Esch
Leighton Vander Esch did a great job for the Cowboys this season in both the running game and passing game with the only drawback being his neck/shoulder injury late in the season. Outside of that, he was the Cowboys’ best run-stopping linebacker in 2022.
Bad Cowboys moves in 2022 offseason
Trading Amari Cooper
This is by far the worst move the Cowboys made in the 2022 offseason, trading away your best receiver for a fifth-round pick. That pick turned into Matt Waletzko for the Cowboys while Cooper went on to record another 1,000-yard season even with poor quarterback play.
Paying Michael Gallup
It’s one thing to pay a receiver that has produced at a high level for an entire season, it’s another to pay a receiver that hasn’t been able to stay healthy or give you consistent play on the field. The Cowboys’ decision to get rid of Cooper and pay Gallup left the Cowboys with eggs on their face in 2022.
Now let’s move on to what good moves and bad moves the Cowboys.