As the craziness that is NFL free agency began earlier this week, Cowboys fans became restless with the front office’s inactivity. The Fans wanted a big splash free agency move to put the team over the top and contend for a super bowl, and every time another team makes a big name signing the fanbase gets restless on social media. This year a big splash safety such as Earl Thomas or Landon Collins was on Cowboys fans’ minds, but to there dismay, no move was made and those players signed elsewhere on huge deals. Every year it’s the same story, the fans want to sign an expensive, big-name player and the front office denies them This offseason, joy forces them to watch the teams around them get better. But, maybe the Cowboys front office is right…
A big name player like Earl Thomas or Landon Collins sounds great and would surely improve the team, but you pay a premium for big name free agency signings. The Cowboys simply didn’t have $13-$14 million a year to pay for a free agent safety with the other players that must be paid in the next couple of years already on the roster. The Cowboys believe in building the roster through the draft and developing those players, not paying handsomely for big name free agents. This method has paid off as of late and has built one of the youngest and most promising teams in the NFL through multiple great drafts recently. Why change that?
The Cowboys sign their own players in free agency and bargain shop for solid depth and a few starters. They already have their young core that will be the base of the Dallas franchise for years to come while they just look to bring back depth and a few contributors. The Cowboys have followed their plan just as one could’ve expected and are making quiet moves that will set them up in a good position going into the draft. Here are the moves so far:
- WR Cole Beasley – signed a 4-year deal with the Buffalo Bills
- LB Damien Wilson – signed to a 2-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
- TE Geoff Swaim – signed a 1-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars
All of these guys were contributors but the biggest loss will be WR Cole Beasley. He has been a solid player for many years but the money just wasn’t there for Dallas to keep him. None of these losses can’t be replaced in the draft and quite possibly improved.
- TE Codey McElroy – signed
- DT Christian Covington – signed a 1-year deal
McElroy is a project TE that could compete with Rico Gathers for his TE spot. Covington will be a great D-line addition that helps solidify the position for 2019.
- WR Tavon Austin – signed a 1-year deal
- OT Cameron Fleming – signed a 2-year deal
- FB Jamize Olawale – signed a 3-year deal
- LB Justin March-Lillard – signed a 1-year deal
- DT Daniel Ross – signed a 1-year deal
- S Darian Thompson – signed a 1-year deal
- **Demarcus Lawrence – Franchise tagged (has not signed)
The Cowboys followed their blueprint of signing their own players. They have brought back a ton of depth to bolster the lineup and allow them to draft for the best player rather than necessity early. Great signings early, all that is left is to get D-Law signed long-term before July 15th.
Overall, the first week of free agency hasn’t been stagnant for Dallas. They have made many quality moves that help solidify their lineup and continuity. Although these moves aren’t flashy, they help a good NFL team win games down the stretch. The New England Patriots tend to not pay guys big money in free agency and it seems to work pretty well for them. So Cowboys fans just need to hold on through free agency and focus on the draft. That is where Championships are won and where America’s Team will build.