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2018 Free Agent Wish List For The Dallas Cowboys

Brian Martin

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The Dallas Cowboys haven’t been very active in free agency over these past several years, but you never know when that will change. There are several positions that will need to be addressed after the season, and they all can’t be filled through the draft. Free agency is there for a reason, which is why I decided to put together a wish list of the 2018 free agents for the Cowboys.

There is no way of knowing how active the Dallas Cowboys will be in free agency or which position they might like to target, but below are some of the players I think they should target. As always, please feel free to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comment section at the end of the article.

Offensive Targets

WR Josh Gordon

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Josh Gordon

The odds are Josh Gordon becomes a free agent after the 2017 season. But, the Cleveland Browns could decide to place a tender on him making him an exclusive-rights free agent because Gordon doesn’t have enough accured seasons. Depending on his availability, I believe he should be at the top of the Dallas Cowboys wish list.

There has never been any denying that Josh Gordon is one of the more talented wide receivers in the NFL. Unfortunately, his downfall has been his off the field issues that has kept him off the field. Gordon would be an immediate upgrade to the Cowboys receiving core and likely step in as the #1 WR. Due to his checkered past, Gordon likely wouldn’t break the bank to bring in. Sounds like a win-win for the Dallas Cowboys.

Davante Adams

Davante Adams is another WR that could come in and upgrade the Cowboys receiving core. He has been stuck behind Jordy Nelson in Green Bay, but is likely looking to be the top dog wherever he ends up. The Dallas Cowboys might not be his top choice because of that, but that could depend on Dez Bryant‘s future with the team.

Adams has developed into one of the top WRs and would be looking to be paid like one. The Dallas Cowboys have shied away from spending big money on free agents, but it certainly looks as if Dak Prescott could use another toy at his disposal in the passing game. Plus, signing him away from the Packers would weaken a conference opponent who has been a thorn in the Cowboy side.

Sammy Watkins

Unlike Davante Adams, Sammy Watkins might end up being in the Dallas Cowboys price range due to his history of injuries since entering the NFL. But, despite his injuries, Watkins is still considered to be one of the most talented WRs in the NFL.

Watkins is able to take the top of the defense with his speed, something the Cowboys offense is lacking right now. He also possesses the talent to high point the ball and win the majority of the time in those contested catch situations. The talent is there to become a true #1 WR, but he has to remain healthy first.

Paul Richardson

The Dallas Cowboys were high on Paul Richardson coming out of Colorado, but the Seahawks snatched him up first. Richardson isn’t what you would really consider a #1 WR, but he has elite speed that scares opposing defenses. He would likely be a compliment WR in Dallas, but would definitely be an upgrade over what is currently on the roster.  He should be able to be acquired at a favorable price.

Rex Burkhead

The Dallas Cowboys will be extremely thin at the RB position after the 2017 season. Both Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will be gone, leaving Rod Smith as Ezekiel Elliott‘s primary backup. That is why I believe Rex Burkhead should be at the top of the Cowboys wish list. In fact, I wanted to bring him to Dallas last off-season.

Burkhead to me is the ideal backup. He is capable of running the ball successively between the tackles and also has the speed to capture the corner. He is also an excellent receiver out of the backfield and a core special-teams player. Those are exactly the kind of tools you look for in a backup RB. I personally believe he would be an upgrade as a backup RB.

Defensive Targets

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DeMarcus Lawrence is a free agent after the 2017 season and it’s unlikely the Dallas Cowboys let him get away, but nevertheless, Ziggy Ansah should still be on their wish list. Pairing Lawrence with Ansah would give the Cowboys a dynamic pass rushing duo and immediately upgrade the defense. Of course, it all comes down to the price tag which could be out of the Cowboys range. But, Ziggy likely won’t be in the top tier of FAs because he is never quite developed like many believed. That could work in the Cowboys favor.

Zach Brown

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys need more help that the linebacker position. It is probably the top draft need, but going after the best FA LB should be examined closely. Zach Brown would immediately step in and upgrade the LB position for the Cowboys and provide some much-needed depth. Sean Lee simply can’t stay healthy and no one really knows what to expect from Jaylon Smith yet. Of course, the Cowboys could choose to resign their own and keep Anthony Hitchens.

Eric Reid

Last off-season one of the biggest needs was at the safety position, and nothing has really changed nearly a year later. The Cowboys hoped Jeff Heath could improve and lock down the other starting safety position, but that has been a failure to say the least. Eric Reid comes with baggage and hasn’t quite lived up to his draft pedigree, but a change of scenery might be all he needs. He has the talent to start in the NFL and be a difference maker, which is why I believe the Cowboys should have him on their wish list.

Kyle Fuller

The Dallas Cowboys could use some veteran experience in the secondary and Kyle Fuller could definitely provide that. I kind of doubt Orlando Scandrick remains with the Cowboys after the 2017 season, so that would leave a lot of youth at the cornerback position. Fuller is a talented player but has never really lived up to his potential. I think he would come in and start on the outside for the Cowboys, while also providing valuable depth/leadership at the position.

Dontari Poe

The Dallas Cowboys definitely need to upgrade the defensive tackle position. Out of necessity, Maliek Collins has been playing at the 1-technique, but that’s not really his best position. The Dallas Cowboys need a big bodied, space eating DT and Dontari Poe fits the bill. Poe has the size 4-3 defensive teams look for in their DTs, but he has rare athletic ability that most players his size don’t. He could be a difference maker on the interior of the Cowboys defensive line.

Will any of these players end up in Dallas?

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22 Comments
  • Hammer33

    Heath hasn’t worked out to say he least? Hesth continued to be the highest graded dB that plays according to the coaches. PFF has no clue, neither do you.

    They may target someone and he may end up in his old role. Jones won’t be resigned. Woods cannot play at this level.

    It’s the same old argument with you guys here. Learn something about the game or better yet, talk to the coaches and teammates.

    Oh yeah, forgot. You don’t have access.

    • Brian Martin

      I like Heath, just not as a starter. We have already started to see the Cowboys coaching staff insert Woods in the starting lineup at Heath’s expense. And, I think PFF is complete trash. I don’t look at the rankings and could care less the way they rank players. But, thank you for expressing your opinion. I enjoy hearing what everybody has to say, even if we don’t always agree.

      • Hammer33

        Woods has not been inserted at Heath’s expense. Pick a play where woods was in and Heath was out against the Chargers. Frazier will rotate in, for Jones.

        I don’t know if he’s a starter either. What bothers me is that he’s being singled out when he’s not the primary issue.

        And if woods keeps turning down tackle opportunities he better hope the next coaching staff likes him. Cause this one will lose confidence.

        Also, 80 plays a game I’d something that Heath had to grow into also. He’s improved, but not according to you or “press” like you.

        • Brian Martin

          What I’ve seen from Heath is poor angles in the passing game and missed tackles in the running game. I don’t think he is a starting safety in the NFL and I wasn’t trying to single him out. The Cowboys need to upgrade the safety position. That’s all I was trying to say.

          • Hammer33

            All right. Hears the problem I have with what you’re saying. You have to tell me the target and completion to target ratio. Do you know it? He’s a good zone player. That’s the deep safety responsibility.

            He isn’t targeted often. He holds his coverage.

            Missed tackles. Marinelli teaches a shoot the gun philosophy. Aim hard for the outside of the ball carrier. If you miss, inside leverage cleans it up. If you connect better chance for a forced fumble. It’s done by design.

            I scout and coach at the D1 level. Don’t really know what you’re coverage angles refer to. You either have the correct leverage or you don’t. Many of heath’s Supposed coverage lapses come in quarters coverage. It’s not his man that you see. Refer to the long completion over Woods head on thanksgiving. Heath is on his quarter.

            Look, I’m not gonna change your mind. It’s probably been made up for quite some time. Are there better players? Sure. Is he the worst? No. On this team? Not even close.

          • Brian Martin

            I guess I should’ve clarified the poor angles comment more. He is kind of late breaking on the ball, which makes his angles look bad. And, I do believe Heath might be better with a different defensive coordinator. But, there is really no way of knowing that right now. Don’t get me wrong, I like Jeff Heath. But at the same time, I do think there are players out there that would be an upgrade.

          • Hammer33

            There is always someone better. It’s the nature of the league. But he’s who you have.

            Next time you’re watching his breaks look for this. Byron keeps his feet moving as he shortens his stride or peddle. They never really stop. So he comes out faster. It’s his best skill. Heath deadens his feet. His speed sometimes allows his recovery, but not always.

            Woods is an incredibly short strider. He couldn’t keep up on the long run against Philly. Frazier lacks IQ.

            If they sign someone or draft then Heath goes back to teams and packages. He’s good at that. May be his best role. But as someone who’s scouted him and gotten to know him a bit. I’d be happy if he went somewhere else. Believe me. The rest of the league respects him more than anyone in dallas.

  • Brian Martin

    It may just be me, but I have a gut feeling the Cowboys are going to start being more active in free agency. There are several free agents who I believe can be brought in and take this team to the next level. Not all of them will break the bank, but we will have to wait and see.

    • Hammer33

      This I don’t disagree on. They should be.

      As it relates to Heath, it’s like any name is better than him. Just don’t agree.

      • Brian Martin

        I believe Eric Reid would be an upgrade over Jeff Heath, but not just anybody.

        • Timothy Zackery

          I agree

    • Timothy Zackery

      are you willing to share who you were thinking they should think to add just for info

  • Hammer33

    Not really impressed with a fans ability to judge. To much residual bias from early career mistakes. Mistakes that everyone makes.

    I’ll trust a pro level coaching staff, regardless of you’re or any fan opinion if that staff, over that of someone who’s job isn’t football.

    And as it relates to the patriots. Heath would excel there.

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t know if Heath would excel with the Patriots. I do think he could be better with the Cowboys with a different defensive coordinator. But, that’s more of a gut feeling than anything.

    • Chimmy Changa

      Damn Hammer, You so badly want to be heard (read). Maybe you should do something really stupid and put it on YouTube.

      • Hammer33

        No yt. I think I know too much. Got cocky. My bad

    • Timothy Zackery

      it almost come across as the dude is in your family. he were good in his pass roll in Dallas not as a starter like it or not. we can do better than him starting. he can stay but not start

      • Hammer33

        Not in family. Like his play style. He just gets singled out when there’s plenty of suck back there.

  • oneputter

    the starting safeties for the cowboys are complete garbage. they don’t scare anyone. they are ST’s players at best. jones is a complete 1st rd bust. he and 38 take horrible angles all the time, jones was supposed to be that guy that covered the TE, well guess what he can’t. he can’t cover anyone and some folks want him moved to CB. i would cut both of these guys as soon as the season is over…..wasting time with these clowns.

    we should have targeted ZBrown last season. i’m sure the skins keep him.

    Richardson and fuller i would definitely take a chance with, both are better than what we have now.

  • nick

    Poe would be awesome, it would really upgrade our run defense tremendously. If they can keep Hitchens, lawrence and irving i would hit the draft for an OT, LB and CB in the first 3 rounds.

  • Timothy Zackery

    hopefully we keep Irving, Lawrences, and Hitchens. I would go for Dontari Poe and Kyle Fuller. use the first two draft pick on safety or LB then a third on a running back that can be just as good as Eze Elliott. Sony Michel, Royce Freeman, Martez Carter. then cornerback , TE and more LB in the late round. somewhere in there get a LT or RG.

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Is 3-3 Without Ezekiel Elliott A Win For Dallas?

Kevin Brady

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Preseason Week 2
Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s funny how quickly perception can change in the NFL.

A little over two weeks ago, the sky was falling on the Dallas Cowboys. They had just been blown out three straight times, twice at home and twice against direct NFC playoff competitors. Cowboys Nation wanted firings – whether that meant head coach Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, Rod Marinelli, or all of the above.

Dak Prescott couldn’t survive without Ezekiel Elliott, and all of the change made to the defense was beginning to be called a failure by the masses.

Fast forward to this week. The Cowboys have now been the deliverers of butt-kickings the last two weeks, and now sit at 7-6 with an outside chance at a playoff spot. And while the team looked like a complete mess without Elliott previously, a win Sunday would put them at 3-3 over the course of the Pro Bowl running back’s suspension.

And is that really all that bad?

Heading into the suspension, most fans probably would’ve taken 3-3 without Elliott and 8-6 overall. Most fans would’ve though that would put the Cowboys right in the thick of the things in the NFC playoff hunt. And most would’ve assumed we’d be happy with an 8-6 Cowboys team.

Unfortunately, 8-6 most likely won’t be good enough in this year’s playoff race. Especially considering the return of Aaron Rodgers and previous losses to both the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons. Plus, the entire NFC South has been fantastic this season (besides Tampa Bay) and two teams from the West look legit as well.

So maybe this just isn’t the Cowboys’ year. But, the success of other teams in the conference shouldn’t cloud our perception of what the Cowboys have done this season if they were to win Sunday night. A win over the Raiders this week would qualify the team’s handling of the Elliott suspension as a “success” of sorts (in terms of on the field, at least) in my opinion.

They would have kept themselves alive in a deep NFC playoff race, discovered a legitimate offensive weapon in Rod Smith, maintained a solid rushing attack over the majority of the six games, and allowed for some real growth from their young quarterback Dak Prescott.

I know the first three games of the suspension were awful, and a team with the talent of the Cowboys shouldn’t be losing that way three times in a row, or three times in a season at all. But, something should be said about how the team has weathered that storm, and kept themselves above water in this competitive conference.

But, of course, the result Sunday night could change all of this if the Cowboys come out and lay an egg in Oakland, effectively ending their season before Zeke even gets back. In that case we will more vividly remember the three horrific losses in which the team was out-coached and embarrassed. But, still those games should be remembered regardless of Sunday’s outcome.

So maybe success is a bit of a strong word.

This week’s game is not only a huge one in terms of the 2017 playoff race, but also may be an important one for determining what the 2018 Cowboys will look like.

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Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys 2017 Roster Projection: Training Camp Begins

For the Dallas Cowboys, the playoffs have begun a bit earlier. After putting themselves in a tough position, they need to win out in order to have a shot at playing in January… and even then, they need a ton of outside help to make it.

Less than a year ago, we saw the Cowboys become the #1 seed in the conference with a 13-3 record under rookie QB Dak Prescott. So naturally, it’s fair to say that the fact that after 14 weeks the record of this football team is 7-6 is very disappointing.

Some have even questioned, are they even worthy of being a playoffs team? 

Despite suffering from some key injuries and well… suspensions, the Cowboys shouldn’t be left off the hook. Players and coaches should be blamed. But even still, it’s hard to believe that Dallas wouldn’t have win at least one more game with Tyron Smith, Sean Lee or Ezekiel Elliott available.

Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

I’m convinced that if Zeke hadn’t been suspended, the Cowboys would at least have one more win. If that were the case, we probably wouldn’t be suffering thinking about what combinations would get our favorite team in the postseason.

All of this makes me wonder… Do we know what this team is capable of? 

I think not. Let’s take a quick look at the games Dallas has lost this year.

  • @ DEN Broncos 
  • vs LA Rams (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 35 points)
  • vs GB Packers (No Sean Lee, Cowboys’ defense allowed 28 points)
  • @ ATL Falcons (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored seven points)
  • vs PHI Eagles (No Tyron Smith, no Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored nine points)
  • vs LA Chargers (No Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys scored six points)

I believe in the “next man up” mentality. But not when you’re talking about going from Tyron Smith, who is arguably the best LT in the league to Chaz Green and Byron Bell. Sure, the coaching staff should’ve made a change earlier when Green was getting Dak killed, but Bell wasn’t much better.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to make excuses for this football team at all. In fact, it’s the same thing when you take a look at wins. Through 14 weeks, the Cowboys have just been able to beat one NFL team with a winning record: The Kansas City Chiefs. The thing is, despite being 7-6, the Chiefs are 2-8 since week 6. I’m not sure I’d qualify that as a winning team.

We haven’t seen this team face a strong, winning opponent and actually beat them. The Cowboys have one more game to win without Zeke, and then they’ll be on to face the Seattle Seahawks. If Dallas gets to that game with an 8-6 record, the outcome of the Seattle game could define the Cowboys’ 2017 season.

With Ezekiel Elliott, Sean Lee and Tyron Smith all ready to go, it’d be the first time this year we see the Cowboys go against a quality opponent with all of their star players. Will this defining game come too late? Perhaps. It’s no secret that the Cowboys need a ton of outside help in order to get into the playoffs with 10-6 record.

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Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten #82, QB Dak Prescott #4. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

But at least, it’d be nice to see our team at least doing the job they can control and winning out. Even if it’d be painful to see them go 10-6 and still miss the playoffs… as fans, we probably want to see them doing their job.

For now though, it’s all about the Oakland Raiders. One more week without Ezekiel Elliott. After surviving a trap game against the Giants, the Cowboys must do the same again as they prepare to face a football team that has also been disappointing this season but still has dangerous play-makers, such as Derek Carr.

And then, we might find out just how good the 2017 Dallas Cowboys really are.

Tell me what you think about “Do We Know What The 2017 Dallas Cowboys Are Capable Of?” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott Long-Term?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Be Concerned About Ezekiel Elliott's Future?

It’s funny how quickly some players are able to establish themselves as professional athletes and grow their fan base. That is exactly what Ezekiel Elliott has done in just a little over a years time since becoming a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Unfortunately, given his current situation, it’s that fan base that might be starting to turn on him a little and doubt his long-term future in the NFL.

Unless you have been living under a rock, you are fully aware of the six-game suspension the NFL slapped Ezekiel Elliott with based on nothing more than accusations of possible domestic violence. Right or wrong, guilty or innocent, it happened and there is no taking it back. But unfortunately, because of the suspension Elliott will now have to walk the straight and narrow if he wants to have any kind of career in the NFL.

I honestly don’t think Ezekiel Elliott is a bad guy, but the slightest slip up will more than likely put his career in jeopardy. It doesn’t matter how big or small the infraction, the NFL has already decided they are going to make an example of him.

RB Ezekiel ElliottFrom here on out, Elliott is going to have to live like he is under a magnifying glass. Any kind of slip up, big or small, will likely cause the league to suspend him an entire season. This unfortunately has been weighing on the minds of a lot of Cowboys Nation and has to be at least a little bit concerning for the Cowboys organization.

You see, the Dallas Cowboys have Elliott under contract for at least three more years after this season. He has already proven how important he is to the offense and how much production dips without him in the lineup. They absolutely want him on the field because he makes them better. But, any kind of slip up would pretty much erase one of those three years. Look no further than what has happened with Randy Gregory.

I’ve heard many fans voicing their concerns about Ezekiel Elliott’s long-term availability with the Cowboys. They are afraid Elliott’s immaturity will end up getting the best of him and Zeke unfortunately has done nothing to ease those concerns so far.

I for one am not all that concerned about Zeke’s future in the NFL. I think his six-game suspension has served as an eye-opening experience and that he will do better from here on out to put himself in better situations and surround himself with better/more trustworthy people.

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel ElliottYou can see anytime Zeke is on the field his passion for the game and how much he enjoys it. I don’t think he’s going to put something he cares so much about in jeopardy. But unfortunately, he already has a bull’s-eye on his back and can’t afford to take a misstep. That will without a doubt put his future career in jeopardy.

I personally can’t wait to see how #21 responds when he is able to suit up once again next week against the Seattle Seahawks. I think he is going to play with a chip on his shoulder and run angry. That is the best way he can stick it to the league for suspending him based on accusations and another reason why I’m not concerned about his future in the NFL.

I know if it was me, my mindset would be to turn myself into the best player possible and once again become one of the more popular athletes in the league. That is about the only way he can say “F U” to the league, and I think that’s exactly what he will do.

Are you concerned about Ezekiel Elliott long-term?

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