The 2018 season isn’t even here yet, but it never hurts to look towards the future.
Our own Danny Phantom penned an interesting post about three veterans the Cowboys could cut loose after Super Bowl LIII (the one they win, obviously). This got me thinking, who could the Cowboys acquire in the same free agency period?
As of now the Cowboys are projected to have just north of $64M in salary cap space come 2019. Keep in mind that they still need to lock up Zack Martin and that next offseason Dak Prescott is eligible to be extended, also don’t forget DeMarcus Lawrence is currently playing on a franchise tag, but the point remains that they’ll have some cash to spend.
This has to be the favorite for moves to happen next offseason, assuming it doesn’t before then. It should be noted that we’re operating under the assumption that Earl doesn’t get a new deal done with the Seahawks before 2019, even though he’s currently holding out for one.
We know that Thomas love the Cowboys. He literally asked Jason Garrett to go and get him if he had the chance. If Thomas is set free by Seattle, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t venture south to his home roots. Kris Richard is there, the Cowboys cornerbacks and other secondary players will have grown even more by then, it just makes too much sense.
Also I’ll add that I’ve spent the last few days in Oregon and the constant rain would be enough to make anybody want to leave. Do you, Earl.
Suh is a big name, and big names tend to be connected to the Cowboys a lot. If and when Suh does hit free agency next offseason, we’ll likely see a repeat of this offseason when he was indeed partly linked to Dallas (kind of).
We don’t know the fate of David Irving beyond 2018, and for what it’s worth the case could be made that his fate in 2018 isn’t exactly rock solid. Suh could fortify the interior of the Cowboys defensive line now or in the future, and he might be on a mercenary-sort-of tour in the NFL after a stop in a big market like Los Angeles.
Ndamukong Suh is very aware of his personal brand. What’s the only way to top marketability after playing in Los Angeles as an NFL player? A star on your helmet.
It’s going to be fascinating to see who ends up as the Cowboys starting tight end this season, but that might not address the position in the long run.
Obviously odds are slim that we’re going to have another Jason Witten-like experience at tight end, but anything is possible. Depending on who you ask hopes are high on Dalton Schultz, Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim, and especially Rico Gathers.
In all reality, the Cowboys are likely going to need help at tight end in the future. They’ve certainly got a bevy of youth, what they’ll need is experience and savviness. Cincinnati’s Tyler Eifert is a name many Cowboys fans have considered before, and he just might make the most sense at a potential discount if Dallas spends big elsewhere.
Prepare to be told a thousand times that Zack Martin is married to Tyler’s sister. Maybe the Eifert family will post up in Dallas and huddle around the table on Thanksgiving to watch their son and son-in-law do work. Maybe, just maybe.