Are the Dallas Cowboys playing to lose?

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: Free safety Tyrann Mathieu
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: Free safety Tyrann Mathieu /

With free agency in full effect, the Dallas Cowboys are sitting idle, and this non-aggressive approach will cost them dearly.

Yes, you read it correctly. I believe the Dallas Cowboys may be playing to lose. This organization is scared to pull the trigger and make any meaningful moves needed to win next season. Period.

Even before the Free Agency period began, several teams where identifying top-tier players to sign to their teams. If you’re a Cowboys fan, I know you’re keeping score of all the free agents signing with other teams, not named the Cowboys, especially the players who signed with the hated rivals in the NFC East.

But since we’re on the topic, lets take a look at some of the notable free agent signings. Drum roll please….

Here are some of the free agent signings/trades that have taken place: Sammy Watkins (WR, Kansas City Chiefs), (TE, Jimmy Graham (Green Bay Packers), Aqib Talib (CB, Los Angeles Rams), Michael Bennett (DE Philadelphia Eagles), Haloti Ngata (DT, Eagles), Richard Sherman ( CB, San Francisco 49ers), Nate Solder (LT New York Giants), and Paul Richardson (WR, Washington Redskins).

I had to stop because I’m getting a migraine as I type the names of these players. My head is hurting because the Cowboys could’ve had some of these players, either through a trade or flexing some cap muscle and signing one of them.

And Dallas could definitely use the ball hawking skills of the “Honey Badger”. My goodness!

Now before someone says “hey the Cowboys can’t afford this player because of money and so forth”, I’m not asking Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones to break the bank and over spend for a player.

All I’m saying is be proactive and play to win the game with additions to improve this team.

By sitting on the sidelines and not doing anything, the Cowboys are playing to lose, and to lose big time because their rivals are improving dramatically.

The hated Eagles traded a 2018 fifth-round draft pick and a wide receiver, Marcus Johnson, for Bennett’s services. In addition to Bennett, the Seattle Seahawks also traded away a 2018 seventh-round draft pick to Philly.

In return for Talib, the Rams traded a measly 2018 fifth rounder to the Denver Broncos for the talented play maker.

After the Seahawks released Sherman, the 49ers got the savvy veteran on the cheap because of an Achilles injury.

To put this in to perspective, the 49ers signed Sherman to an incentive laden, $39 million dollar contract. Sherman will receive $5 million before training camp with $3 million in signing bonus and $2 million in a roster spot.  

Sherman’s base salary in 2018 will be $2 million. Are you telling me the Cowboys couldn’t afford Sherman? A man who represented himself in negotiations!

The 49ers got a steal because Sherman will bounce back to his Pro Bowl playing ways.

The only good thing the Cowboys have done  is place the franchise tag on pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, and work on a long term deal with All Pro guard Zack Martin.

I applaud those deals because they were a priority. But what about upgrading and improving in other areas on the team, like wide receiver, safety, linebacker, and defensive tackle.

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There are other notable players that have been released and could help the Cowboys tremendously.

These players are Tyrann Mathieu (S), Ndamukong Suh (DT), Jeremy Maclin (WR), Julius Thomas (TE), Jordy Nelson (WR), Sheldon Richardson (DT), Tyler Eifert (TE), DeMarco Murray (RB), and Frank Gore (RB).

Dallas could benefit greatly from the services of one or more of this pool of  talented players. All you have to do is close your eyes and pick a name out of the hat of free agency.

Plus, Dallas doesn’t have to break the bank, just be creative and find a way to make it happen!

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And Dallas could definitely use the ball hawking skills of the “Honey Badger”. My goodness!

But instead, Jerry and Stephen would rather keep their eyes closed, remain scared, and continue to play to lose, while other teams play to win Super Bowls.