Tremaine Edmunds, Linebacker
Projected Contract: 4 yrs — $18.75m avg/yr$45m guaranteed, $75m total
Dallas and Leighton Vander Esch have been a pretty solid match in terms of his complementary play alongside Micah Parsons but Vander Esch came into the league with injury concerns and those concerns still remain.
If the Cowboys want to get a solid and reliable wingman to play next to Parsons with the speed and athleticism to excel in both run defense and the passing game then Edmunds would be a solid pickup for Dallas. Edmunds would be an upgrade at the position as he’s been able to stay healthy and his production is better than Vander Esch’s in almost every category.
If the Cowboys have the ability to find an upgrade at linebacker then Edmunds should be the first player on their list if they truly want to move on from Vander Esch.
Mike Gesicki, Tight End
Projected Contract: 3 yrs — $11m avg/yr$21.75m guaranteed, $33m total
The Cowboys have said they want to find a weapon at tight end and Jerry Jones has said as much praising Travis Kelce for his ability to be a game-wrecker. There aren’t many of those tight ends in free agency and one that will garner the most interest will be Gesicki, who has shown that when given the opportunity he can terrorize defenses by attacking seams and using his good route-running skills to create space and make plays running after the catch.
Dalton Schultz has done a nice job for the Cowboys but he just doesn’t have the same wiggle and playmaking ability that Gesicki brings to the table.
The addition of Gesicki would give the Cowboys another legitimate threat that can beat coverages whether it be from safeties or linebackers. He’s going to cost a pretty penny, but it’s a worthwhile investment to make.