Grading every Cowboys free agency move after surprise Royce Freeman signing

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It's safe to say Dallas Cowboys fans are tired of hearing about how little the team has spent this offseason. Entering this week, the Cowboys had made one outside signing: linebacker Eric Kendricks. That tally increased by one on Tuesday after they signed running back Royce Freeman to a one-year deal.

Nobody expected the Cowboys to be big spenders, but ownership crying poverty due to cap constraints while the Eagles have extended a trio of homegrown players a year ahead of time when they already have multiple lofty contracts on their payroll nullifies that excuse.

With Dallas finally on the board with two external signings a week before the draft, let's grade every move they've made thus far in free agency.

Cowboys grade for signing Royce Freeman: B

It was never realistic that the Cowboys would sign Derrick Henry, Saquon Barkley and even Aaron Jones. However, that doesn't excuse them for bypassing second-tier running backs like Zack Moss, Devin Singletary, Cordarrelle Patterson and Dont'a Foreman

Royce Freeman hardly moves the needle but he was arguably the top back available not named J.K. Dobbins. He's a better option than Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook. That's not saying much, but the bottom line is Dallas could've done a lot worse to fill the RB void before the draft.

Last season, Freeman rushed 77 times for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He forced 18 missed tackles, had seven explosive runs and averaged 2.91 yards after contact per attempt. He's decisive between the tackles and a strong north-south runner.

In a perfect world, Freeman makes the 53-man roster to serve as added depth alongside Rico Dowdle and whomever Dallas drafts next month. In a vacuum, Freeman is a solid signing, if not an exciting one.