Cowboys 10 worst free agent additions in the last decade

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Allen Hurns, Cowboys
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6. Allen Hurns, WR, 2018

On the surface, the idea to sign Allen Hurns was a good idea. The Cowboys were coming off a 2017 campaign where none of their wide receivers were putting up good numbers. Dez Bryant had just recorded 838 yards on 69 receptions and it was clear that he was trending in the wrong direction — and even more clear that he and Dak Prescott were not on the same page.

Tight end Jason Witten also had 63 receptions but averaged 8.9 yards per catch and Terrance Williams contributed 568 yards and no touchdowns on 53 receptions. Even Cole Beasley, who was often their most reliable pass-catcher had just 36 receptions on 63 targets that year.

So, with all that being said, adding Hurns made a lot of sense. He was a former 1,000-yard receiver that could be a solid addition as a No. 2 or 3 receiver.

The problem was, they quickly moved on from Bryant and suddenly, Hurns was thrust into a more prominent role. As expected, this failed miserably and the Cowboys only saved the season by trading a first-round pick to the Raiders in exchange for Amari Cooper.

Hurns ended up with just 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns for Dallas. He did have one reception for 14 yards in their playoff game against Seattle but on the play, he broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle.

Before the 2019 campaign, Dallas asked Hurns to take a reduction in his salary and that ended in his release when he refused.