6 Free Agents Jerry Jones Will Regret Passing On in 2024

The Cowboys should have gone after these 6 free agents

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3. Leonard Floyd, EDGE

Watching Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler both leave in free agency was tough. Fowler was a savvy addition, giving them 10 sacks over the past two seasons in a reserve role. While he was a solid contributor, it wasn't a shock to see him follow Dan Quinn to Washington.

It also wasn't surprising to see Quinn lure Armstrong away. There's an argument he was overpaid but that's not the case. Armstrong has always been an underrated player who doesn't get the praise he deserves.

A former fourth-round pick, Armstrong worked his way into a prominent role with the Cowboys. He had five sacks in 2021 and then signed a two-year extension. He provided them with 16 sacks in that timeframe, leading to the three-year deal with the Commanders.

Despite losing two pass rushers, the Cowboys added no one to replace them. Yes, they have Sam Williams but if he doesn't prove to be ready for a larger role, they're going to be in trouble.

That's why it would have made sense to target someone in free agency and a solid option would have been Leonard Floyd. The former Georgia product has been in the NFL for eight seasons and has been highly productive since leaving the Chicago Bears.

In three seasons with the Rams, Floyd had 29 sacks and then added 10.5 with the Buffalo Bills in 2023. He's now with the San Francisco 49ers, who truly understand the importance of having multiple pass rushers. Floyd signed for two years at $20 million which is a steal for someone who is averaging just under 10 sacks over the past four seasons.