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Dallas Cowboys Free Agency Tracker 2017 – TSJ Sports

Dallas Cowboys free agency DAVID L. RHOADS III

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Dallas Cowboys Free Agency Off To Rough Start

So far, the Dallas Cowboys free agency period hasn’t treated them very well. They have made some additions, but have also suffered some key departures. The Cowboys are attempting to build up their defense and gain stronger pieces.

Most of us already knew the team would be without Tony Romo, but there was some shocking news in the past few days. Some players have decided to take their talents elsewhere for a bigger paycheck. Others have bought into the Cowboys’ system.

The Cowboys had initially announced they were going to release Tony Romo. He had even made his own video saying his goodbyes to the loyal Dallas fan base. Following a monumental trade involving the Browns and Texans, it seems the Cowboys might actually find a trade partner. Houston cleared some room on their salary cap by sending Brock Osweiler to Cleveland.

Once again, the Cowboys free agency period is off to an odd start. They have a lot of moving pieces floating around. For the time being, Romo is still on Dallas’ roster. However, they lost some other vets on the defensive side of the football.

Departures

One of the Cowboys free agency goals was to bolster up the secondary. They are actually going backwards in making that happen. Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox both left the Cowboys’ secondary for multi-year contracts. The two safeties are both headed to Florida as Church found a home in Jacksonville and Wilcox in Tampa Bay. This creates a huge void in the Cowboys’ defense. They must intensify their focus on the safety and corner positions through free agency and the draft.

Dallas has also lost one of their defensive tackles. Terrell McClain has signed with the rivaled Redskins, making one of the Cowboys weaknesses that much worse. McClain wasn’t extremely productive, however,  it’s another body they will missing. Jack Crawford is another defensive line player who left Dallas. He ended up signing with the Falcons. He was a productive player in 2016 and it’s very unfortunate Dallas couldn’t retain him.

Long time right tackle, Doug Free has announced he is retiring. Another great player for the Cowboys has departed. The Cowboys have one of the league’s best offensive lines and they do have a few players they can plug in there. It’s still a great loss when a long time starter decides to leave the team.

Additions

Even though the Cowboys free agency period hasn’t gone exactly in their favor, they have some good news. With some key departures, the were able to make some important additions. Best of all was re-signing wide receiver Terrance Williams. I thought the deal was very fair and it was important to keep the weapons in Dallas for Dak Prescott. Williams agreed to a four year, $17 million deal. Prescott will be excited to have his targets all back together. This was a big win for the franchise.

After watching Wilcox and Church walk, Dallas had to make a move. They ended up striking a three year deal with former Eagles cornerback, Nolan Carroll. He will help fill in a much needed spot in the secondary. He’s had his ups and downs as a pro, but it was a solid deal. Carroll offers decent man coverage skills and he’s still in his prime.

Dallas also added some other defensive players. Damontre Moore and Stephen Paea will supply some depth along the defensive line. Neither player is a splashy name or dominant force, but the depth certainly helps. Dallas was able to strike some team-friendly deals and fill some obvious gaps on their defense.