The Dallas Cowboys have had a surprisingly busy offseason already in March. The team traded for a Pro Bowl corner in Stephon Gilmore and 1,000-yard receiver in Brandin Cooks as well as retained key players of their own before other teams snatched them up.
Dallas finally signed players from other teams including some help for the offensive line in Chuma Edoga. Despite bringing in Edoga, Dallas could still use help on the offensive line, more specifically someone to backup aging Tyron Smith on the left side.
Smith will play next season under a restructured contract in what could very well be his last ride. Smith is no doubt a future Hall of Famer, being named an All-Pro twice, appearing in eight Pro Bowls and being named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.
After 12 years of battling in the trenches, however, the former All-Pro is starting to become injury prone. He has only played in 17 games the last three seasons.
When Smith tore his hamstring in training camp, Dallas had very little depth behind him. The team eventually signed Jason Peters due to lack of trust in players like Josh Ball and Matt Farniok. With Connor McGovern heading to Buffalo, Dallas does not have many good options at backup beyond newly signed Edoga.
As of right now, Smith also has Ball, Aviante Collins and Matt Waletzko backing him up as tackles. Obviously the line could scuffle in multiple ways, but that is what the depth chart currently looks like.
Egoda has 13 starts to his name in four years in the NFL. Ball has the most experience of all three returning tackles. He appeared in 13 games and both playoff games last season due to injuries and constant scuffling on the line. However, he was often subbed out in favor of Peters who brought far more experience to tackle or guard. Collins has only played in seven career games in his three seasons, two were with Dallas last year. Waletzko appeared in three games last season before being placed on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury.
While Edoga is a solid signing as a backup for Smith, there are more linemen on the market who have more impressive resumes than him. Some are former Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl champions while others have managed to survive in the league by continuing to be solid backups. If Jerry and Stephen Jones are smart they will at least give these next three players a look.