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With the 2020 season in the books, what’s next for the Dallas Cowboys?

  • Amari Cooper
  • Andy Dalton
  • CeeDee Lamb
  • Chidobe Awuzie
  • Dak Precott
  • dallas cowboys
  • Demarcus Lawrence
  • Ezekiel Elliot
  • jaylon smith
  • Jerry Jones
  • Jourdan Lewis
  • michael gallup
  • sean lee
  • Xavier Woods
By Steve Kemper January 10, 2021 0 Comment
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With the 2020 season in the books, what’s next for the Dallas Cowboys?

The 2020 season was one to forget for Dallas fans and the front office. Injuries, poor coaching, and questionable game management formed a constant theme for the year. What can Dallas do to improve on a team that laughably only missed out on the playoffs by one win this year?

Sign Dak Prescott Please!

Last offseason was all about the back and forth between Jerry Jones and the Prescott Camp. The two sides could not agree on length, total money, and average annual value. Five games into the season, Dak was lost for the year, and the rest is history. This team needs Dak as the locker room leader and the leader on the field. It is reported that both sides want this to get done, so I would predict by the time we are at the NFL draft a deal will be in place. Once this gets done, the rest of the offseason can get underway knowing that the quarterback position is set for years to come.

Look to restructure contracts to free up more cap space

One thing that Dallas seems to do most in this league is restructure expensive contracts in the offseason. Last year Demarcus Lawrence did this very thing, converting his $15 million base salary into a signing bonus, clearing about $12 million off the books. Could Dallas look to do this with another expensive contract that was recently handed out? This could be done with Ezekiel Elliot, Amari Cooper, or Jaylon Smith. Dallas has the third most cap space heading into the 2021 season, but with a massive contract planned for Dak Prescott any money that can be converted to cap space is important. My best guess is that Jerry brings Jaylon Smith in for this discussion and, Jaylon being a team-first player will agree. Jerry will have more money in his pocket to take care of other players seeking new contracts.

Draft only defense this year

Last year Dallas had a gift dropped into their lap as CeeDee Lamb was there for the taking. Many celebrated the pick, but in the back of their minds knew that defense was more important. This year Dallas needs to be disciplined and know that the offense is running on all cylinders. The defense was historically bad and needs improvement. Whether it comes from the defensive line, linebackers, or secondary, all the picks need to be defensive. With a top-ten pick this year, a lockdown cornerback or a cornerstone defensive linemen should be for the taking.

Test the waters of a Michael Gallup trade

Michael Gallup has been in rumor mills ever since last year when Dallas took CeeDee Lamb in the draft. Pretty quickly into the season, Dak formed great chemistry with Lamb and Gallup. When Andy Dalton took over, the wide receivers certainly struggled, but Michael Gallup had a monster game in Week 16 which should make him that much more attractive on the market. It is hard to trade a wide receiver, especially with a deep draft full of them this year but it is worth seeing his value. More draft picks or a proven defensive player could be enough to trade Gallup and focus more on Amari Cooper and Ceedee Lamb.

Sign own free agents and bring in some veteran names

The offseason could get expensive with Dak Prescott and some key contributors’ deals ending. Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods, and Jourdan Lewis are all free agents. I don’t see all three playing in Dallas next year, lots will depend on the draft. Andy Dalton is a free agent, as is Aldon Smith. These two veterans could choose to come back next year but could also test the market. Sean Lee is uncertain of his future, whether it be in football or not. I predict Dallas brings back Awuzie, Dalton, Woods, and Smith. Lee will retire and is a candidate for a coaching position. It would be smart to look for a veteran linebacker and possibly a strong safety so Woods can continue to be the free safety. The Dak contract will be telling in how the other names play out this offseason in Dallas.

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