Dallas Cowboys: April Fools or Springtime Savvy?

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Dallas Cowboys: The verdict?

The Dallas Cowboys aren’t fools for their limited participation this spring. They also aren’t exactly savvy. The jury is clearly out and the success of their plan has yet to be determined.

If the Cowboys enter the draft with as many questions as they have today, they’re going to be in trouble. But there’s roughly a month to work with before then and the team has proven to be capable roster builders late in free agency and through the trade market.

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It’s indefensible for letting this Dak contract situation drag on and for letting Byron Jones leave, but being overly active early in free agency is rarely the appropriate answer.  The important thing to keep in mind is free agency winners are rarely winners when the games start and the smart teams are usually the patient teams. It’s also worth pointing out some of the biggest losers in free agency over the past few years (the Pats and the Ravens) are two of the best run and most successful organizations in the NFL (see also the previously mentioned PFF article).

The Dallas Cowboys must still address right defensive end. They can’t bank on Tyrone Crawford and Randy Gregory being as good as Robert Quinn was (although I personally believe Quinn was overrated and they will be just fine).

They can’t assume Chidobe Awuzie is a legit CB2. Or that Ha Ha is much of an improvement over Heath. Or that their current WR depth can adequately replace Randall Cobb. Basically, they have a lot to do. Luckily, there’s still time to do it and they’ve proven to be capable in past offseasons.

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Are the Dallas Cowboys April Fools or Springtime Savvy? I think we’ll have a pretty good idea in May.