The Cowboys aren’t going to do anything big in the early portion of free agency, but they are taking care of some business. Cornerback is an issue for the Cowboys, especially after losing Chidobe Awuzie to the Cinciannati Bengals in free agency. The Cowboys made a move on that front toady, but the player they signed isn’t likely to get a lot of snaps on the regular defense. Instead, the Cowboys brought back their special teams ace, C.J. Goodwin, on a two-year deal.
Cowboys have agreed to terms with CB CJ Goodwin on a 2-year, $3.5 million deal that includes $2 million guaranteed, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2021
Goodwin came to the Cowboys in the 2018 season and the past two years he has participated in every game, but mostly on special teams. In 2019 he played on 65% of the special teams snaps and in 2020 that number jumped up to 71%. You can bet that special teams coordinator Jim Fassel was begging the team to bring back Goodwin.
He excels as a gunner in punt coverage and who can forget his punt return on a trick play where he faked a hamstring injury.
Cowboys getting tricky with it on special teams @dallascowboys— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 8, 2020
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Signing Goodwin is not a splashy move that will steal headlines, but it is a crucial move to keep an improving special teams unit in Dallas moving forward.