The Dallas Cowboys are just a few days away from beginning training camp as they continue their quest to capture their sixth Super Bowl. Before looking ahead, let’s rewind the off-season and see if the team did enough to bring home that elusive championship.
After the 2018 season ended, it was clear this was one of the more important off-seasons in recent memory. The Cowboys had a solid season, but still couldn’t reach the final four, something that might need to occur in 2019 if the coaching staff wants to keep their jobs beyond this year. The feeling was the Cowboys were close, they just needed some tweaks in the off-season to put them in position to compete for a Super Bowl.
On the to-do list for the Cowboys was to sign their key free agents; Amari Cooper, Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence and possibly Ezekiel Elliott. Currently, the organization failed in this aspect of the off-season. Only Lawrence got a new deal and there was no reason not to have Cooper or Prescott’s deals done by now. By waiting, the Cowboys allowed the market to go up after Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson got extended; they are also playing a dangerous game with Cooper, who awaits the Michael Thomas and Julio Jones deals.
If the Cowboys had been more proactive, perhaps their players wouldn’t have chosen to wait on market value, instead setting it. The waiting cost the Cowboys money. If the plan was to get at least three of these guys signed, the Cowboys failed miserably this off-season.
That doesn’t mean it was all bad this spring for the organization. The good news is that the Cowboys still have all these key players for the 2019 season, except for Elliott possibly holding out.
Having a little extra money under the salary cap this off-season, the team also needed to be selectively aggressive in adding talent. The Cowboys were successful is acquiring Robert Quinn, Randall Cobb, Kerry Hyder and George Iloka at need positions. Quinn and Cobb, in particular, are higher profile players the team usually stays away from and Hyder represents a smart calculated risk.
Overall, it was a good off-season for the Cowboys, even though they failed to lock-up more than one of their key free agents. However, adding more talent and becoming more assertive in acquiring players who can be more than role players for the first time made this a successful off-season.
Now let’s see how it all plays out on the field.
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