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    • So far I think McClay has done a great job of navigating free agency. Paea, Moore and Carroll are bargain replacements for McClain, Crawford, and Carr/Claiborne. McClay has retained 80% of the talent at 20% of the price.
      Given the Cowboys cap limitation that is about as good as it gets. And they should get some comp picks somewhere down the line.

      McClay is also keeping the draft board from tilting towards need. If he puts together a decent draft, this team could be very, very good.

      • Agreed. I think the replacements are pretty much as wash with the players gone. Church will be missed but that’s just an opportunity for someone to step up.

      • I would tend to agree, the Williams signing seems like an extreme bargain when u see what Jackson and Garçon signed for (although to be fair TW is not in their class of WR); did not Dez torch Carroll every time we played the Eagles? But there again he is probably on par with Carr, Claiborne probably has a higher ceiling but cannot stay healthy…… the need for defensive help remains……we have no players on D that have to be schemed around, especially on the D-line; McClay has done yeoman work but they were selecting very early last year; this draft will prove much more tricky to pick up starters which the team
        Badly needs on D… still hoping they sign Wilcox

        • Just read that Wilcox is gone to the Bucs at 2/4.5m. He was OK last season, also not a game changer. We also signed Damontre Moore, a bouncer with potential if he gets his head on straight.

          • That is too bad, thought the kid had higher ceiling than even Church after his improvement last year; we have had little luck straightening out problem children due to the owner’s consatnt meddling with coaching staff disciplinary activity……….the Dez complex still remains.

  1. From what I’ve read, Leary signed for 4/35m, Crawford around 3/10m, TMc 4/21+m. Leary may be worth it, although one good lineman isn’t fixing their line, these other guys way overpaid. If TWill signs big, another overpaid FA. We’ll miss Church, if he goes to Jax, but these others are not premium talents.

    • I totally agree. Considering what several JAG receivers have signed for, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Williams at over $10 million per season. Bring on that 3rd round comp pick. Leary had a very good year, but 2016 was by far his best after he lost weight and got quicker…for his contract year. We will find out if he can keep up with his 2016 production or if he reverts to being just a good guard who can be beat at times by quick defensive linemen.

      • If they do not draft starters for an already weaker defense, this club will be in the same place as the last three years, cannot beat teams with elite or near elite QBs……….forget 13 wins this coming year, schedule much tougher, both the Giants and the Eagles have already become better on paper by picking up WRs…….Redskins in complete and utter turmoil………..always thought that Jerry was the worst GM in pro sports, Daniel Snyder is giving him substantial competition………….if Cousins does leave, that franchise will implode in 2017, and why would he not after his top two targets are already gone?

        • We’ve talked about this before, but, yes. We didn’t lose to GB because we couldn’t move the ball or score, we lost because we couldn’t get a stop. Snyder wins the bad owner sweepstakes, Jerry has backed off, Snyder hired a GM who lost his previous three jobs because he is an alcoholic. On the other hand, we spent a second on a guy who failed a drug test at the combine, a second on a guy with a wrecked knee who may not recover nerve function, a second on …. you see where I’m going. Maybe it’s Jerry in the lead with Danny in hot pursuit.

  2. I say continue with this approach. Remember that 2018 will show a drop to about 12-14 free agents after the 2017 season and 2019 off season will show even fewer free agents than 2018.While loses so far (Church, McClain, J. Crawford, Leary and possibly Wilcox) seem daunting, they can be made up for in good drafting and FA signing. I am sure there will be more losses, but they can and will be absorbed.

    • Agreed. The examples in Frank B’s post show that very little was lost in 2014. It looks the same this year with the exception of Church but he’s already 29 and Jacksonville overpaid him. I wanted to keep Leary but $8 million/year was too much for the Cowboys and probably too much period. Another good draft and play the youngsters improves roster health and the cap room.