Dallas Cowboys: Offensive Preview – Can they repeat 2016?
The start of the 2016-17 football season did not go as planned for the Dallas Cowboys. Tony Romo was set to be the starter; Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore were supposed to assume the backup roles. However, in training camp, Kellen Moore broke his leg. Three weeks later Tony Romo fractured his back. That was the last time fans, and management alike would see Romo with a star on his helmet.
Prescott, a 4th round selection in the NFL draft last season would now assume the starter role. To add to the uncertainty of how good the offense was, rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott would outperform the veterans in front of him. With that, two rookies instantly became two offensive leaders of the team because RB Darren McFadden was also hurt with a fractured elbow.
Prescott, Elliott, Witten and the offense would soon change the minds of most doubters. Dez Bryant played like the Dez Bryant we all know. Jason Witten showed his veteran presence as well. In addition, Cole Beasley and everyone proved that they could rally behind the young players and be all right. Prescott had the best rookie season by a quarterback in recent memory. Elliott chased the rookie rushing record of Eric Dickerson, but could not break it.
In all, the Cowboys pulled together on offense and led the team to a 13-3 record. As a result, the Cowboys would lose some players to free agency on offense and defense.
Offensive Free Agent Departures/Retirements According to Dallas Morning News
Mark Sanchez: Signed 1-year contract with Chicago Bears.
Lance Dunbar: Signed 1-year, $3 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams.
Gavin Escobar: Signed 1-year contract with Kansas City Chiefs.
Ronald Leary: Signed 4-year, $35 million ($20 million guaranteed) with Denver Broncos.
Doug Free: RETIRED.
Additions to Cowboys Offense
Byron Bell: Signed 1-year contract with Cowboys.
With the players mentioned above signing elsewhere, there are some questions to answer for the Dallas Cowboys offense in training camp and beyond.