The Cowboys may have lost multiple internal free agents this month but there’s good news to be found in that.
The Dallas Cowboys have been getting their share of grief for the way they are handling themselves this free agent period. While quantitatively speaking they’ve been quite active in their signings, they are falling short of expectations to most people’s qualitative standards.
Many in Cowboys Nation can accept and even embrace the Cowboys are free agent bargain hunters rather than big game hunters. But allowing their own proven free agents to depart, uncontested, to other teams on very modest deals, has been hard for almost all of us to digest.
Whatever happened to “the devil you know is better to the devil you don’t” line of thought?
at the end of the day, the players that left were allowed to leave for a reason.
After all, it’s not like these players broke the bank.
Barry Church signed a 4-year deal worth $26 million. J.J. Wilcox signed a 2-year $8.5 million contract. Brandon Carr signed a team-friendly deal for 4-years and $23 million. And Morris Claiborne signed a no-commitment 1-year, $5 million deal.
Even by the thrifty Cowboys standards, they could have signed one of these guys. Heck, moving around some cash they could have signed two or three.
"“Players we want to keep, we keep them,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “Most of these players, I’m not going to single out guys, but most were ready to let move on.”"
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It doesn’t take a genius to read into Stephen Jones’ words and actions this offseason: The Dallas Cowboys want to get better and the best way to get better is to replace these players.
The fact that all of the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive departures occurred under very reasonable financial commitments should be comforting to us. The Cowboys could have signed them but didn’t want to. As such, to say they “lost” them is a little misleading. In all actuality, they didn’t want them.
The Cowboys have a plan. They have internal pieces they intend to use and they have the draft they intend to use. And don’t forget, free agency is far from done. Each day that goes by, players’ price tags drop a little lower. You can bank on the Cowboys bringing in another proven defensive back before training camp begins.
It’s easy to get impatient this time of year, especially when Dallas is acting so mind-numbingly patiently towards building their roster. But there’s clearly a plan and options are far from dried up right now.
It’s great news – the Cowboys wanted their free agents to leave because they wanted to get better.