Dallas Cowboys: Assessing Their 2021 Offseason Needs

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The Dallas Cowboys Offense

Luckily for the Dallas Cowboys, the offense doesn’t need near what the defense does. This is where we will start since it should be a little easier to pair down the needs. The first thing that pops out is offensive tackle. Regardless if both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins return and are able to play, the Cowboys will need a swing tackle, at the very least, and looking at last season’s performance of the depth, they might want to improve that as well.

Smith just turned 30 and will be 31 before the end of the season. With his injury history, depth is welcomed, and finding an eventual replacement may be something the Cowboys want to think about. Collins had weight and hip issues last season and his status is a little up in the air as well.

Another potential need is at tight end. I know, Dalton Schultz looked solid this year and the Cowboys are getting back Blake Jarwin, but Jarwin is coming off an injury and really only has one good game in his pocket. Schultz was good, but an upgrade may not be out of the question. The team might be fine with both of them.

Before you stop me, hear me out, wide receiver might be a smaller need this year, but one they could move on. Michael Gallup‘s contract is up after next season and with all of the talk by Stephen Jones about cap space, Gallup seems like a logical choice to leave.

Finding a replacement now would allow the Cowboys to explore trade options if they want and have CeeDee Lamb ready to move outside. A smaller need for sure, but realistically the Cowboys may have to make a choice about Gallup.

The rest of the offense really just needs depth. Guard could use an upgrade at one of the positions, but it is more than serviceable should everyone return healthy. Backup quarterback is another position they could look to improve and while Dalton could return, he may not be the cheapest or best option.

I might add depth at running back because after Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard, the depth is rather thin. It doesn’t even matter what the front office decides to do with both Elliott or Pollard in the future, a third running back could be welcomed.