Assessing all major needs of the Dallas Cowboys this offseason

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 22: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a pass during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in the game at Lincoln Financial Field on December 22, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The dust has fully settled on the 2019 NFL season, but before the clock starts on the 2020 NFL season, the Dallas Cowboys have some needs to fill.

With a new coaching staff for the Dallas Cowboys (after a disappointing 2019) there will be some items the team will need to address sooner rather than later. Whether those needs are filled in free agency or in the draft, remain to be seen, however, there are certainly some positions that will be priorities. How high of a priority will be up to Mike McCarthy, the front office, and staff.

If you ask a Cowboys’ fan, analyst, media member, insider, whatever, you may get different responses to what the Cowboys highest off-season need is. We aren’t talking specifically who to sign or to release, because deciding what to do with Dak Prescott is easily the first thing to deal with. No, needs as in which positions do the Cowboys need to focus attention in free agency and the draft.

However, there is a very long list of free agents the Cowboys must decide on before they head into free agency:


QB Dak Prescott
WR Tavon Austin
WR Randall Cobb
WR Amari Cooper
TE Jason Witten
C/G Joe Looney
G Xavier Su’a-Filo
DT Maliek Collins
DT Christian Covington
DL Michael Bennett
DL Kerry Hyder
DE Robert Quinn
LB Ray-Ray Armstrong
LB Sean Lee
LB Justin March-Lillard
LB Malcolm Smith
Joe Thomas
Anthony Brown
Byron Jones
C.J. Goodwin
Jeff Heath
Kavon Frazier
Darian Thompson
Kai Forbath
L.P. Ladouceur

Restricted Free Agent

QB Cooper Rush
TE Blake Jarwin
DL Daniel Ross

Exclusive Rights

OL Adam Redmond
DT Antwaun Woods

Club Option

FB Jamize Olawale
OT Cameron Fleming

That is a huge list and while some will get more attention and will drive much of the offseason focus, Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Byron Jones are widely considered the big three, as they will probably command the most money. After them there are some contributors, depth, and experience that will all be considered. Let’s assume they keep Dak for this exercise.