The first week of free agency is wrapping up and the Dallas Cowboys have done things the way that they always have, by following the We Like Our Guys mantra. Technically, the Cowboys did add Dak Prescott in free agency, but that is hard to count and obviously isn’t an external addition. As far as players from the outside are concerned the Cowboys have only added five players, although they have impacted every side of the ball.
Jake McQuaide was brought in to be the team’s new long snapper while Ty Nsekhe figures to be the swing tackle for this season. Thursday brought with it three new defensive linemen, and we asked you all here at BTB to grade those moves.
The grades are in and they are, well, not super great!
Grades are in for the Dallas Cowboys defensive free agent additions and they are underwhelming
Entering this offseason, the two biggest needs on the Cowboys roster (besides QB) were undeniably the interior of the defensive line and the secondary (swing tackle is up for debate, but for the purposes of this conversation let’s move on). The Cowboys re-signed cornerback Jourdan Lewis so they have technically addressed some of their secondary concerns, but they still need more help. Perhaps next week’s visit with Damontae Kazee will go well.
While they hardly qualify as moves that will make you jump out of your seat, the Cowboys have addressed the interior of their defensive front and the pass rush on the outside as well. Inside the Cowboys added Brent Urban and Carlos Watkins while they also snagged Tarell Basham as a rusher.
Here is how the readers of BTB feel about the three new defenders.
At the time of this writing these are the only external additions that the Cowboys have made on the defensive side of the ball. They hold the 10th overall pick in the NFL Draft and it is logical to assume that help will come from there as well, but needless to say it feels like more could still be done.
There are still a number of veteran cornerbacks on the market and perhaps the Cowboys are readying themselves to make a run at one. For now, this is where we are.
What’s your take on the moves so far?