NFL Free Agency: Dallas Cowboys Activity Leaves Much To Be Desired

The Dallas Cowboys have done a decent job of retaining their key pieces. Putting the Franchise Tag on Dak Prescott gives them the safety of keeping him another year. At the same time, it means that the Cowboys bought a little more time to negotiate a long-term deal.

Prescott, despite what many say, seems to be what the Cowboys have been missing. With a 40-24 record as a starter, these stats indicate he can win. However, if you look at playoff wins, there is a slight indication that he is unable to win when it matters – at least for now. Be that as it may, he provides a glimmer of hope that the Cowboys will win something soon.


Amari Cooper was retained and was the last notable name to be retained. Blake Jarwin was also re-signed. Other than that, fans have seen more names leaving than returning. To be honest, the moves have left a lot to be desired, and many within “Cowboys Nation” hope the team is not done.

Key Additions Via NFL Free Agency

Returning Players:

Dak Prescott – Franchise Tag

Blake Jarwin – Returns with a 3-year contract.

Amari Cooper – Returns with a 5-year contract.

Kai Forbath – Returns via a 1-year contract.

Anthony Brown – 3-year contract.

The Cowboys also kept Darian Thompson, Cooper Rush, Sean Lee, and L.P. Ladouceur.

Free Agent Signings:

Maurice Canaday – Signed a 1-year contract.

Gerald McCoySigned a 3-year contract.

Needless to say, the Cowboys have lost more than they have gained thus far. Here are key departures from the Cowboys:

Key Departures Through NFL Free Agency

Jason Witten – 1-year contract with Raiders.

Byron Jones – 5-year contract with Dolphins.

Robert Quinn – 5-year contract with Bears.

Jeff Heath – 2-year contract with Raiders

Maliek Collins –  Raiders.

Randall Cobb – Houston.

Xavier Su’a Filo  – Bengals.

Dallas Cowboys Draft Needs

Corner & Safety

With the departure of Jones through NFL Free Agency, that leaves Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie as the #1 and 2 corner. Lewis has shown that he can get the ball but also given up some big plays.

When it comes to Chido, 2019 was a tough season for him. He seemed to always be in a position to make a play but teams would actively seek him out because more times than not, he was unable to get his head turned around in time to make the play.

Defensive Line

Despite signing six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal late Tuesday night, losing Quinn and Collins on the defensive line are big losses for a team that had holes on the line to begin the offseason. The Cowboys will still need to address their edge rusher position and maybe one more defensive tackle.


While the Cowboys locked up Amari on Monday night, they saw slot receiver Randall Cobb leave for the Houston Texans. While Cobb is replaceable, getting a third receiver to go alongside Cooper and Gallup will be a priority for this team in a very deep receiver class. Though, it might be better to look at this position in the NFL Free Agency pool.

The NFL Free Agency period has been tough to watch as a Cowboys fan. Regardless, maybe these positions can be filled in the draft if not done in free agency.

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