Cowboys 3 best moves of the 2023 offseason

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1. Trading for Brandin Cooks, Stephon Gilmore

It's impossible to say at this juncture who will have the bigger impact. Nevertheless, Cooks and Gilmore are two gargantuan gets by Dallas, which has maddeningly stayed away from trading for veterans over the years.

At the end of the day, it boils down to this: the Cowboys gave up very little to acquire two proven veterans who have played on football's biggest stage, won Super Bowls, and are willing leaders and great locker room personalities.

These are low-risk, high-upside moves for players who fill obvious areas of need on the roster. Cooks arguably fills a bigger need at receiver after Michael Gallup failed to return WR2 value coming back from ACL surgery last season, but Gilmore gives Dallas a bonafide CB2 opposite two-time Pro Bowler Trevon Diggs.

With Gilmore's arrival, DaRon Bland can continue developing in the slot, where he feasted as a rookie. Perhaps most important is the fact the Cowboys won't be forced to play Kelvin Joseph or Nahshon Wright, who have proven to be liabilities in coverage in limited playing time.

You can pick whether Cooks or Gilmore was the more important addition, but both players figure to pay huge dividends as Dallas strives to advance past the Divisional Round in 2023 for the first time in 27 seasons.

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