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We’re officially a week away from NFL free agency

Start your engines!

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One week, my friends. That’s seven days (I’m still scarred from The Ring).

That’s right. The 2018 NFL league year officially begins Wednesday, March 14th at 4 PM ET. It’s at this moment that the trades of Alex Smith, Robert Quinn, and whoever else gets dealt between now and then will all become official.

Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport’s Twitter feeds will be gold, and teams all across the league will have new pieces that will hopefully yield championship results.

What about the Cowboys, though? What could potentially be different about this team in a week’s time?

You could make the argument that Dallas already landed their most important free agent, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. The team franchise tagged him on Monday, and he’s locked and loaded for 2018. What did that do to the salary cap, though? It’s... yuck.

Unless money literally starts growing on the trees outside of The Star in Frisco over the next week, the Cowboys are strapped a bit when it comes to offseason spending. The Cowboys will likely restructure a few contracts to free up some money although it seems unlikely that they’ll be big players in free agency, but things do always turn on a dime (save that dime, we might need it, we’re desperate).

As much as a lot of Cowboys fans would like to see a splash or two (for example an Earl Thomas-shaped splash maybe?), looking at the dollars and cents at the moment lend to the notion that this is unlikely. We look to be headed right back to the bargain bin, folks.

Get ready to sit and wait next week, everybody.

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