Dez Bryant can still contribute in the NFL, but would signing him make sense for the Cowboys? - David Moore, DMN
An argument against the Cowboys signing Dez Bryant.
Does it make sense for the Cowboys to sign Bryant?
Bryant is one of the most productive players in franchise history. But he’s been out of the league for two seasons. His last reception came in December 2017.
When fans reflect fondly on Bryant’s career, it’s the highlights that come to mind. That’s the way it should be. But the way Bryant finished his Cowboys tenure is a more accurate reflection of what he might be able to contribute now if he did return.
That Bryant failed to reach 100 yards receiving in his last 23 games. He broke the 100-yard barrier only four times in the final 40 regular-season games of his career, the last one coming against Pittsburgh in November ’16.
His last 1,000-yard season was in ’14.
Bryant will be 32 before the season is done. If the club craves a 30-something receiver, Randall Cobb heads the list.
NFL rumors: Byron Jones to Giants? They’ll have strong competition in free agency for Dallas Cowboys CB - Matt Lombardo, NJ.com
As Dallas tries to pay Dak what he wants, Byron Jones will hit free agency. Are the Giants a realistic destination for the 2015 first-rounder?
The Giants have a glaring hole at cornerback opposite rookie DeAndre Baker and are expected to make a strong pursuit of Byron Jones, but they’ll have strong competition for the Dallas Cowboys cornerback when free agency begins.
According to a report from CBS Sports, the Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Las Vegas Raiders, Washington, and Houston Texans are the teams most likely to be in on Jones. As CBS reports: “[Jason] Garrett is expected to nudge Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman in Jones’ direction. It was initially set to be a close race between the Giants and Broncos.”
Familiarity with Garrett is also expected to play a role in the possibility of linebacker Sean Lee signing with the Giants, as NJ Advance Media previously reported Lee would welcome playing in New York if the Cowboys are unable to re-sign him.
Would Jones be a “perfect fit” for the Giants?
While the Giants have myriad holes, cornerback is among the most glaring. If there’s ever an investment to be made in free agency, it should be New York on Dallas Cowboys’ star corner Byron Jones.
Jones, 27, has been one of the NFL’s best corners since being selected out of UConn in the 2015 draft. The Cowboys mismanaged their situation, and now must use their franchise tag on Dak Prescott before getting into a high-priced bidding war for receiver Amari Cooper. The result? Jones is going to hit free agency and potentially reset the cornerback market.
Picking fourth-overall in the NFL Draft, the Giants can take their franchise left tackle in Andrew Thomas or Mekhi Becton. In the second round, they can double back and land one of the many receivers thought to be first-round talents. In the later rounds, linebacker can be addressed. Cornerback, however, will be tough to fill in the draft unless New York lucks into Jeffrey Okudah of Ohio State at No. 4.
Do the Cowboys have a move up their sleeve?
So how can the Dallas Cowboys creatively find ways to augment these possible losses? One way would be via trade. Fortunately for Dallas, there is one team that not only has shown no fear in trading away big names but may also be forced into doing so once more.
This is where the Dallas Cowboys should step in. Even though Ngakoue is set to be a free agent, a sign-and-trade deal can still be negotiated. Since Jacksonville has lost two cornerbacks, might the Cowboys explore such a move to send Jones to the Jaguars in exchange for the disgruntled pass rusher?
If not, there is still the option of Ngakoue agreeing to a deal with Jacksonville strictly to be moved to the Cowboys. Given the price tag on the other two deals, I think it is quite plausible that Jacksonville would take a second and fifth-round pick for him.
Pass rushers with over 37.0 sacks before their 25th birthdays do not come around very often. Whatever money that Dallas might have been able to spend on Robert Quinn and Byron Jones should be combined for a shot at Ngakoue. With him and DeMarcus Lawrence coming after opposing quarterbacks, Dallas would immediately boast one of the most fierce sack duos in the NFL.
Will Defensive Back Depth of 2020 Draft Alter Free Agent Strategies? - Jonah Tuls, The Draft Network
How will the defensive back draft class impact the Cowboys and their free agency decisions?
Whether it’s star free-agent cornerbacks like Byron Jones or Chris Harris Jr., an All-Pro snub at safety in Anthony Harris, or an elite prospect like Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah, this is the year to acquire a DB.
However, with the new league year opening March 18, those free agency decisions will impact the thought process for some teams with several defensive back prospects in April’s draft.
One of the most notable teams to watch is the Dallas Cowboys, as two of their starting cornerbacks — Jones and Anthony Brown — are unrestricted free agents. If the Cowboys are showing their cards and indeed letting each walk, then Dallas will be taking a defensive back in the first round, if not the first two rounds of the draft.
This defensive back class in the 2020 draft is loaded and has been billed as such in mock drafts leading up to free agency.
However, depending on what happens in the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if a lot of those top cornerbacks and safeties fall further than expected because teams addressed those needs on the open market.
Friday brought with it a report on the latest offer that the Cowboys have made to Dak Prescott. We discuss on Monday’s episode of The Ocho.
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