Though I have been on the table all offseason long about the Cowboys making some moves during free agency, it's important to remember that they prefer the slow and steady race. We already know that they won't make big splashes, still, every year fans get so hurt when they don't. Here's something I saw run across the Twitterverse today that should put some things into perspective:
Buyer beware: Spending big in free agency doesn't always translate to wins. pic.twitter.com/KHUPB4PLjJ— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) March 9, 2016
Out of all those teams in the last 10 years of major free agency spending, the Eagles are the only one with a .500 record or better. That's pretty darn telling if you ask me. The Cowboys have been pretty honest in the past few seasons and especially the Jones'. Stephen laid it all out for us less than a month ago:
"I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it," Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together."
They have seen firsthand with Brandon Carr that spending high dollar on free agents is just not the way to go in most cases. It's a totally different story when folks bring up the past with Deion Sanders and Charles Haley. In the 1990's, the Cowboys were literally a player or two away from the Super Bowl. The league has created so much parity, that you are almost never just a signing here or there away. Besides, those two signings could very well go down in history as two of the best free agent signings of all time and they both came in the no-cap era. So, when Stephen adds this:
"Obviously, you’d like to build your team through the draft and keep your players that hopefully you drafted well and keep those type of players so we’re not out there in free agency."
Dolphins actually made solid draft picks in Olivier Vernon and Lamar Miller. Of course they're letting both of them go.— Mark Ellenbogen (@MarkEllenbogen) March 9, 2016
Olivier Vernon gets $85M over 5 years — WOW — with $52.5M in guarantees.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2016
That's what every team believes on first day of free agency ... we'll see when they're cutting players after 2 years https://t.co/OfP0Ix59sz— Brandon George (@DMN_George) March 9, 2016