7 free-agent moves from NFC East rivals that Cowboys fans can laugh at

The Cowboys may be quiet, but at least they're not making these moves.
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2. Commanders signing C Tyler Biadasz

The Washington Commanders are a repeat offender on the "bad free agency move" list, and while Dallas Cowboys fans can respect Tyler Biadasz as a good starting center, is he really a player who is nearly worth $10M AAV every season?

I'm not sure about that.

The Commanders need to overpay a little in NFL free agency because of the state of the team, and agents know they can call them up, set a number, and a team like the Commanders will pay it. New regime or not, that has almost always been their MO when it comes to free agency. Hopefully, Biadasz can provide them quality play, but signing him for almost $10M per year is a bit excessive.

3. Commanders signing RB Austin Ekeler

Signing an aging running back coming off of the worst year of his professional career is certainly a choice. Austin Ekeler was one of the NFL's most dangerous backs from 2021-22, racking up over 3,000 yards from scrimmage and a whopping 30 total touchdowns.

But the 2023 season was horrendous for Ekeler. After being denied a trade request out of Los Angeles, he had his worst rushing season as a pro (3.5 yards per carry) and his worst season in yards per touch (4.6) in the NFL as well. The Commanders signed him for two years and over $8 million.

4. Eagles signing WR DeVante Parker

It's odd that the Philadelphia Eagles went out and prioritized DeVante Parker, of all receivers, at the outset of NFL free agency. Parker's contract (the minimum veteran salary of $1.21 million) indicates he may not even make the final roster when all is said and done, but why did Philadelphia make it such a point to go out and get him?

There are a lot of free agent receivers that could be signed for a team-friendly price, and Parker has been one of the most consistently poor receivers in the league.

This has to be one of the worst signings in the first wave of free agency for any team in the league.

5. Giants signing OL Jon Runyan Jr.

Similar to the money the Washington Commanders paid to Tyler Biadasz, the New York Giants went out and prioritized Jon Runyan Jr., formerly of the Green Bay Packers. They gave Runyan a three-year deal worth $30 million and $17 million in guarantees. By comparison to deals we saw signed by players like Robert Hunt, perhaps the Runyan deal was a steal.

But for $10 million in average annual value, the Giants may have been able to keep Saquon Barkley and just draft another guard. Runyan has not been good for the Packers despite being a full-time starter for them, and there's a reason why that team -- with a young Jordan Love in place at QB -- was willing to let him walk in free agency without making much of a fuss about it.