Many see the Dallas idea of not going after free agents a misfire, but a breakdown of the logic sees it may be the smartest move. For starters, the Cowboys have proved on multiple occasions that the big-name signing does not necessarily result in success. It’s often shown as well that the signings that take place as soon as free agency opens often cost the most. Thus, Dallas has stuck to keep the known producers they have. They guaranteed a spot for Demarcus Lawrence, they put a tender of David Irving, freed up cap space with a restructuring of Travis Frederick’s contract, and can now focus on Zack Martin and the draft. Now with the signing of L.P. Ladouceur, the special teams is happy. Not so bad of an off-season so far by those standards.
With the Dallas Cowboys past record showing many free agent busts, such as Greg Hardy, they seem to be attempting to be a little more tactful with their signing approach. They seem pretty set on signing their own talent first. There are plans to meet with a few players to possibly sign and get a little comfort for the team. The former New England Patriots tackle Cameron Fleming is meeting with the Cowboys. This could be their first signing for the off-season, but it would also fill the hole at right tackle. It would allow La’el Collins to move back to guard and give a stronger inside protection for Dak Prescott.
The Dallas Cowboys may also be turning to the draft to get new young guys. They have proved they have a pretty strong ability to draft with a lot of their current stars coming from the draft. Such names included are Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Taco Charlton, Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Jaylon Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, and even Jason Witten. The Cowboys may be making moved to fill some holes but look for them to really make gains with the draft. They have a lot more cap space to work with there as well.