We are already in April, and depending how you look at it, the offseason is moving very fast or extremely slow. Ultimately, there are still about five months until we see the Dallas Cowboys play legitimate football which puts things in full perspective.
The organization has been busy over the course of the last month or so as they have added plenty of new faces through free agency. Time will tell how productive these decisions wind up being, but there does appear to be some level of effort being made on defense.
With all of that being said, there are certainly decisions that the team has made (or maybe not made) that you likely disagree with. There are obvious things for people to disagree with, but you, the passionate fan, likely have an opinion that puts you on a hill of sorts.
This is what we are here to discuss today. What is your most unpopular Dallas Cowboys opinion of this offseason? Here are a few ideas.
Giving Dak Prescott the contract that he got was a mistake
This is an easy suggestion and it certainly has a sector of supporters. After two years of contractual fencing, the Dallas Cowboys caved and put Dak Prescott among the game’s most highly-paid quarterbacks.
There is certainly an argument to be made that paying Prescott market rate was an unwise, or rather risky, decision on the franchise’s part. Dak has shown plenty of promise as an NFL quarterback, but the reality is that he’s going to be returning from injury and they are placing all of the franchise’s future on his shoulders.
It makes sense to bet on Prescott, but it is still a gamble to some degree.
The Cowboys were right to not move on from Jaylon Smith
It was always a bit impractical to think that the Cowboys would move on from Jaylon Smith or Ezekiel Elliott this offseason, their contracts have made the two points of criticism for many, but the former is someone who has fallen out favor with many of the team’s supporters over the last year and change.
Dallas just about sent a bat signal into the sky that said they weren’t going to be cutting Smith when they allowed portions of his and Elliott’s contracts to become guaranteed at the new league year’s beginning. Again, given the financial commitments made to Smith two years ago, it never seemed reasonable that the team would move on from him, but doing so would have sent a message of sorts.
Ultimately it makes some sense to keep Smith and hope that new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn can get him back on the right path. Maybe that is just insanely optimistic, though.
Dallas should have kept Chidobe Awuzie
It is difficult to imagine that this is the particular decision that you are willing to go all the way to bat for, but perhaps you are in that kind of mood today!
The Dallas Cowboys saw veteran cornerback Chidobe Awuzie walk in free agency to the Cincinnati Bengals. They were able to retain Jourdan Lewis which gives them an option at corner, and perhaps they are banking on drafting Patrick Surtain II, but that isn’t a certainty.
While the organization has brought in a handful (almost literally) of players at the safety spot they have yet to find a fresh face to put in the cornerback room. They rolled the dice on the corner position during Awuzie’s rookie year, although they did bring in Nolan Caroll as a veteran addition, not like that worked out wonderfully, and as true as it is that Trevon Diggs shows a lot of promise he is only one player.
It was time for the Cowboys to break away from what they had going on at corner, but they still need a plan. As of now they don’t, but as noted this could potentially change.
What’s your unpopular opinion on the offseason that needs to be heard?