4 Budget-Friendly Free Agency Moves the Cowboys Should Make

It is pretty clear that the Dallas Cowboys will be living up to their reputation for not spending big during free agency. However, there are a few low-cost playmakers that could fill key positions while not breaking the bank.
Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs the
Jan 3, 2021; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) runs the / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys have a reputation in free agency, and it is not a good one.

And the truth is, we cannot blame Dak Prescott or any other star for leaving the franchise at the end of their contract. After all, the team has not paid big money in free agency in over a decade, the last being Brandon Carr. If you invest in your team, you win championships. The Texas Rangers showed that in 2023. The Cowboys need to follow this example.

I do not foresee management spending much this late in free agency. However, Jerry Jones can at least make some moves. Here are some budget-friendly moves for playmakers that the Dallas Cowboys should make in free agency.

1. Add Sterling Shepard on a One-Year Deal

I know what you are thinking. The Cowboys already have CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks, and the risk of injury to Sterling Shepard is real. However, the team has been impacted by the departure of Michael Gallup. A one-year deal guarantees a low-cost trial period for a solid wideout.

Shepard's last salary was around 1.3 million on a one-year deal. Sure, his production dipped in recent years. But who has he had to throw to him since Eli Manning's departure? Prior to Manning's departure, he never had a season below 50 receptions and 500 receiving yards. Pair him with a proven top NFL quarterback in Dak Prescott, and he has a chance to reach those numbers again.

This signing would round out the receiving core by adding an additional weapon for Dak to target. This may be even more needed with potential contract issues with CeeDee Lamb. Shepard would pair well with a fellow Oklahoma Sooner wideout and a topflight NFL quarterback. In short, Shepard is a budget friendly option that has shown to be productive when given the right tools.