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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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Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys' Revenge Against Atlanta Hinges on These 3 Key Matchups 1

Cuando los Dallas Cowboys sorprendieron a la NFL mandando una selección de primera ronda por el receptor Amari Cooper de los Oakland Raiders, la respuesta fue muy dividida. Al final de cuentas, Cooper estaba pasando por una temporada bastante mala junto a su equipo. Sus números iban en decline y muchos habían perdido la fe en la ex-estrella de la universidad de Alabama y cuarta selección global en el NFL Draft del 2015.

Pero sorpresa, sorpresa. Desde que se unió a las filas de los Dallas Cowboys, Amari Cooper ha demostrado que la decisión que tomaron los Jones fue una muy buena.

En esta liga, es muy complicado justificar el deshacerse de un pick de primera ronda.

Estamos hablando de la oportunidad de tomar a un novato joven con muchísimo potencial para convertirse en un jugador calibre All-Pro en algún punto de su carrera. No es fácil renunciar a una posibilidad así en esta liga. Sin embargo, Amari Cooper no ha hecho más que justificar el trade por parte de los Cowboys. Si continúa así, al final de la temporada podríamos estar hablando de que Dallas pagó de menos por él.

Es importante recalcar que Amari Cooper tiene 24 años de edad. Para el NFL Draft del 2019, los mejores prospectos en esta posición tienen a lo mucho cuatro años menos. A.J. Brown de Ole Miss tendrá 21 años cuando pise el emparrillado por primera vez en la NFL.

Y no, ninguno de estos receptores está cerca del nivel de talento con el que cuenta Cooper.

#DALvsPHI: Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott Key to Clipping the Eagles Wings?

¿Qué tan grande ha sido el impacto de Amari Cooper?

Desde la semana 9, cuando los Cowboys consiguieron a Cooper, este ha tenido 30 recepciones. 23 de las cuales han resultado en un primer down o en un touchdown. Es el receptor con más atrapadas en tercera oportunidad. Podríamos hablar de las grandes estadísticas que el wide receiver ha conseguido vistiendo la estrella individualmente. Pero realmente, ha tenido un impacto en la ofensiva entera.

Desde su llegada, los Cowboys son el tercer mejor equipo en porcentaje de pases completos, el segundo en yardas después de la recepción y el tercero a la hora de convertir terceras oportunidades y mover las cadenas.

Simple y sencillamente, ha tenido un impacto que ningún otro novato del 2019 hubiera tenido en este equipo. Si, los Cowboys tendrán que pagarle una extensión cara en el futuro, pero cuando este sea el caso, lo habrá valido.

Amari Cooper es el ejemplo perfecto de porque la NFL es un deporte de equipo. Con los Raiders, todos lo tachaban como un jugador que ya no era bueno e iba para abajo. Pero bajo los Dallas Cowboys, se ve como un jugador que promete mucho para esta joven franquicia que necesitaba un verdadero #1 en la posición de wide receiver.

La ofensiva de los Cowboys tiene mucho talento. Es cuestión de mejorar en zona roja para que Dallas sea una amenaza bastante considerable en los playoffs de la NFL.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Sí, Amari Cooper Lo Valió" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Why is Jerry Jones “keeping a very close eye” on the Kareem Hunt Case?

Brian Martin

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Why is Jerry Jones "keeping a very close eye" on the Kareem Hunt Case?
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As owner of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones has been pretty open-minded when it comes to giving talented players second and even third chances. So, it should come to no surprise he is "keeping a very close eye" on the NFL's newest troubled player, Kareem Hunt, according to a statement he made recently on 105.3 The Fan.

"Yes, keeping a very close eye, and have a very keen interest in how this plays out. It's a challenging area about what we're about…everyone has zero tolerance for domestic abuse," said Jones.

Leave it to Jerry Jones to say something so vague that can be misconstrued on several different levels. There is really no way of knowing exactly why he is so interested in the Kareem Hunt case, which is why I thought I would attempt to crawl inside his head to decipher what he could possibly be thinking.

The Kareem Hunt case is interesting though on so many different levels. There is actual video evidence of the altercation thanks to TMZ, unlike the hearsay with Ezekiel Elliott that ended up looking more and more like a witch hunt by the NFL and Roger Goodell. You can bet that could be one of the reasons why Jerry Jones' interest has been piqued, but I can guarantee he's not the only one watching closely to see how this plays out.

Before I get too off-topic, let me get back to the elephant in the room. Why is Jerry Jones "keeping a very close eye" on the Kareem Hunt case? Let's jump into his thought process to determine what he could possibly be thinking…

Considering an Ezekiel Elliott/Kareem Hunt Tandem?

Ezekiel Elliott, Kareem Hunt

Dallas Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott and FA Kareem Hunt

Since Jerry Jones isn't shy about adding "troubled" players to the Dallas Cowboys roster, there have already been quite a few people who believe Kareem Hunt will eventually end up with the organization. I highly doubt it happens, but a Ezekiel Elliott/Hunt tandem in the Cowboys backfield would be something dreams are made of, not to mention really fun to watch.

No offense to Rod Smith or any other running back on the Cowboys roster, but they don't really have someone who is capable enough in the eyes of the coaching staff to cut into Zeke's heavy workload. Pairing Hunt with Zeke would give Dallas a two headed monster and give them the best RB duo in the league. That would fit right into their run first mentality.

Hunt of course is looking at least a six-game suspension. Jerry Jones would have to be comfortable with the backlash he would receive by bringing him aboard, but we've seen him make such moves in the past. I definitely believe it's something that has crossed his mind. As a football movement makes sense, but it without a doubt hurts the Cowboys brand and their public image.

Kareem Hunt an Ezekiel Elliott Replacement?

Kareem Hunt

FA Kareem Hunt

We are getting to the point in Ezekiel Elliott's career the Dallas Cowboys have to start considering whether or not they want to sign him to a long-term extension. It could be as early as this upcoming offseason, or they could wait until after 2019. Adding a young, talented, and cost-effective RB like Kareem Hunt would be a shrewd/savvy move on the Cowboys part.

Like I mentioned earlier, Hunt is looking at least a six-game suspension and could quite possibly end up being for an entire season. That means he's not going to cost a lot when/if he's able to return to the NFL and is still young enough to make any contract he signs pay off. Sounds like a win-win for a team who is willing to bring him aboard.

About the time Hunt is able to return to the league just so happens kind of coincides with when the Cowboys have to make a decision about Elliott's long-term future with the organization. This is a no-brainer from a business standpoint, but we all know that there are other factors involved here. But again, I wouldn't be surprised if this is something that hasn't crossed the mind of Jerry Jones.

Seeing How the NFL and Roger Goodell Handle Things

Jerry Jones, Roger Goodell

Jerry Jones and Roger Goodell (Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News)

I personally believe that this is the reason why Jerry Jones is going to keep a close eye on the Kareem Hunt case, although the other two reasons certainly make sense. I just think he still hasn't put the entire Ezekiel Elliott suspension drama behind him and really wants to see how Roger Goodell and the NFL handles things this time around.

We all know that Zeke's suspension was based on nothing more than hearsay. The NFL's lead investigator even recommended he shouldn't be suspended and that was after interviewing the accuser six times, something that hasn't happened once in Hunt's case. The entire investigation was poorly handled and drawn out, which made the verdict that much more hard to swallow.

I think Jerry Jones has kind of been waiting for another chance to voice his displeasure with the NFL's ability to investigate and punish players of wrongdoing on a consistent basis. This could be the exact kind of opportunity he's been waiting for and you can bet that he won't shy away from voicing his opinions on the matter. In fact, I'm a little surprised he hasn't done so already.

Why do you think Jerry Jones is watching the Kareem Hunt case closely?



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Randy Gregory Is Looking Like We Always Thought He Could

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Cowboys Need More From Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton

Much of Cowboys Nation had the proverbial pitchforks out when Randy Gregory was penalized for roughing the kicker after a key third down stop last Thursday night. Those same fans were understandably upset when Gregory was then penalized again, this time for lining up in the neutral zone and negating a sack fumble.

It was frustrating to see, and as head coach Jason Garrett said after the game, those plays were essentially turnovers committed by Randy Gregory. Because of these frustrating penalties, combined with his bone-headed personal foul all the way back in Carolina and his history of suspensions, people around the league have called Gregory a "dumb" player, or have suggested the Cowboys are wrong for giving him so many chances.

People have been wondering when the Cowboys' patience for Randy Gregory will pay dividends on the field.

I'm here to tell you that they already are.

Since returning against the Eagles four games ago, Gregory has compiled 3 sacks and 4 quarterback hits. Only DeMarcus Lawrence has been consistently better than Gregory as a pass rusher since he got healthy, and the production difference between the two isn't as large as you'd expect.

Of course, Lawrence receives much more attention from pass protection schemes than Gregory does, but if Gregory can continue to pressure quarterbacks and win his 1-on-1 matchups, things may begin to open up a bit more for Lawrence.

Gregory's calling card heading into the 2015 draft was his pure pass rushing ability. He's the athletic weakside edge rusher fans have been clamoring for for years. And while it took a while for him to get here, he's finally showing signs of playing like the athletic freak and football player he can be.

Gregory's hands, burst, and bend are special, and it was unfair to expect him to put everything together so quickly after not being around actual football for basically two whole seasons. But now that he's healthy and appears to be comfortable in his role, we are seeing more and more productive rushes from Gregory each week.

While Tyrone Crawford has been solid overall, Gregory has become the unquestioned pass rushing RDE, getting healthy and productive while Taco Charlton was injured and inactive. As a pure pass rusher he's clearly the 2nd best defensive end on the roster, behind the All-Pro caliber Lawrence, and looks primed for a Pro Bowl season in 2019.

This Sunday Gregory will take on Jason Peters and the Eagles offensive line. While he hasn't played enough to really have trends against any opponent, if he does have one it is against Peters. In 2016 Gregory tallied 7 tackles and a sack against the Eagles, and he also sacked Carson Wentz just a few weeks ago.

So in those two matchups, we have seen Randy Gregory at his best. As the Cowboys hope to take another step towards wrapping up an NFC East title, they certainly hope Gregory can continue this trend on Sunday afternoon.



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