After a whole, um, four days of complaining about how the Dallas Cowboys silence in free agency, things may finally be about to change.
Yes, it is now the second wave of free agency, with most of the big splashes already having been made. And while all the big free agent moves have been absolutely rock solid (don’t follow this link if you don’t want to have that idea shot down), the Cowboys may finally get moving. Of course, they actually have made a few moves already, the franchise tag for DeMarcus Lawrence, the possibly underrated retention of DT Brian Price, and the second-round tender for David Irving. So let’s look at what may be coming in the next week or so.
One possible move may derive from the reported visit of guard Marcus Martin. The current left guard situation is a primary concern for 2018. There are some good prospects in the draft, and not just in the first round. But Dallas will want to have a plan B ready should things not fall their way. Marcus Martin may be one avenue for that.
And there is another possibility as well. Jonathan Cooper is still unsigned, and there has not been any reports (to my knowledge) of interest elsewhere. He came in and was at least serviceable after the failed Chaz Green experiment. Re-signing their own is always a key part of free agency for Dallas. Cooper would provide more depth going into camp this summer. And it is not an either/or situation for the Cowboys. They may elect to go after both Martin (who also can play center) and Cooper. It would be expected that any signings involving them would come with a low get-out cost should the team decide they are not the answer they need - and they still will need at least one guard added for depth even if they get their starter in the draft.
There also has been report of Cowboys having interest in WR Deonte Thompson.
WR Deonte Thompson mulling a few offers right now. Had 38 catches for the Bills and Bears last year combined. Buffalo has talked to him about coming back. Broncos and Cowboys have shown interest.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2018
While neither Martin or Thompson may move the needle much for many fans, they certainly fit the recent profile of “bargain bin” type free agents that the Cowboys seek to find. The question will be whether the team does a better job of scouting veterans this year than it has recently.
And on the subject of bringing back their own, long snapper L.P. Ladouceur is still unsigned. He is basically perfect at his job, and it seems likely the team may be planning on working out a new deal with him. He could always retire or seek to go elsewhere, but his value to the team is larger than most casual fans realize. Don’t be surprised to see something happen there.
There are some other players that could be brought back for camp, especially on deals that make releasing them down the road palatable. OL Joe Looney was with the team last season because, like Martin, he can play all the interior line spots, backing up Travis Frederick. Another possible camp candidate, although a real long shot to make the team, is CB Bene’ Benwikere. He has familiarity with the system, although that may be downgraded depending on how new coach Kris Richard sees him.
The reports that the team is looking at a guard and a wideout from outside fit the needs of the team. Some other positions to watch are 1-tech DT, RB, LB, S, and backup QB.
The Dallas approach is not exciting, and has been rather underwhelming the past few seasons. But now things look to finally be getting underway.