Cowboys Projected for Massive Free Agency Mistake

The elite running back is considered a prime candidate to sign with the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Dallas Cowboys are entering a crucial offseason after another disappointing playoff exit. Head coach Mike McCarthy and several key players are in a "prove-it" situation where they will be coaching and playing for their jobs in 2024. Another early exit next season and a lot of jobs will be on the line.

That is why the Cowboys must nail this offseason. They are entering free agency with $21 million over the cap. They have to be creative to get under the limit enough to make a few impactful acquisitions for next season.

However, the latest rumored free-agent target is not a good indication for the Cowboys' priorities.

Josh Jacobs Considered a "Best Fit" for the Dallas Cowboys

In his latest, ESPN's Matt Bowen linked running back Josh Jacobs to the Dallas Cowboys as the "best fit". As productive of an offensive player as the former Alabama standout is, this would be a big mistake for the Cowboys.

All-Pro rusher is one of the best running backs on the market, and the Cowboys have a positional need with Tony Pollard and Rico Dowdle both becoming unrestricted free agents. Pollard is widely expected to leave despite getting the endorsement of star teammate Micah Parsons.

Yet, the financial situation in Dallas should prevent them from breaking the bank for the Raiders running back.

Jacobs played on a $11.7 million salary in 2023. A similar annual amount would be necessary to sign him in the offseason, with Spotrac having his market value at $10.6 million per year.

With a Dak Prescott contract extension looming this offseason and lucrative long-term deals for the likes of CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons coming later, paying a running back over $10 million makes little to no sense. There will be better uses of cap space for the Cowboys.

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