Cowboys finally make first free agency move (and it's very underwhelming)

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The Dallas Cowboys were the only team that didn't make a single move on the first day of the legal tampering period. They were reportedly in on running back Zack Moss, but his two-year, $8 million contract fell outside of the Cowboys' comfort zone.

That spoke volumes about how much money Jerry Jones is willing to spend. That's extremely concerning as other NFC contenders, as well as the Cowboys' division rivals, have made it a point to bring in high-end talent.

Of course, Dallas could undo its passive day one by making statement moves on day two and beyond. If it's any consolation, the reigning NFC East champs finally got on the board Tuesday by re-signing long-snapper Trent Sieg. It's a one-year, $1.292 million deal for Sieg, with $1.152 million guaranteed.

The all-in move Cowboys Nation was waiting for.

Cowboys sign long-snapper Trent Sieg in first move of free agency

It feels like the front office is just trolling Cowboys fans now. Granted, there's something to be said about keeping the special team's operation intact. Brandon Aubrey and Bryan Anger flourished with Sieg snapping them the football on kicks and punts, respectively. Keeping that continuity can't be overstated.

The Cowboys had one of the best special teams in the NFL last season. Penalties from gunners notwithstanding (looking at you Jalen Tolbert and Sam Williams, the trio of Aubrey, Anger and Sieg coupled with return specialist KaVontae Turpin gives Dallas a needed competitive edge on Sundays.

With that said, a fully-functioning front office would have re-signed its long-snapper long before free agency.

The fact the Cowboys sprinkled in this move during the first wave while the Eagles sign Saquon Barkley and Bryce Huff, the Commanders retool their roster and the Giants revamp their pass rush in the form of Brian Burns is pretty pathetic.

More moves could be on the way in Dallas, but we wouldn't hold our breath. If our math is correct, they have a little over $1 million in cap space after re-signing Sieg. They need to rework some contracts or confirm the inevitable with Michael Gallup before making another signing.

Whatever path the Cowboys choose to create more cap room, they better move fast. After the initial wave of signings, the quality of options at linebacker, running back and other positions of need won't stick around much longer.

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