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    Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?

    LIII is in the books, and the Dallas Cowboys can look back on a better-than-expected 2018 campaign. Having won the East with a 10-6 record and bowing out to eventual finalists , the Cowboys' young team can look ahead to 2019 as a chance to take another step forward.

    The is now upon us, with the NFL free agency period opening in the middle of March and the NFL Draft coming around at the end of April. Until those times, experts, pundits, and fans are left to assess their teams and predict their activities in the running to the start of next season.

    The Dallas Cowboys are in a precarious position, with the team exceeding expectations, still being very young and having plenty of cap space, but also having many top-end players set to become free agents and being without a first-round pick in this year’s draft. There does, however, appear to be a way for the team to make and solidify their place atop the and potentially go on to win in the Conference Finals.

    Lock Down the Big Guns

    Can the Cowboys Become Legitimate NFC Conference Contenders this Offseason?
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    Many see DeMarcus Lawrence as the top potential this spring, so the Dallas Cowboys need to do everything in their power to lock down the 26-year-old .

    Vice President has emphasized the team’s target of retaining their own stars, per Star-Telegram, with Lawrence, , , , and perhaps being in the discussion for long-term deals.

    As it stands, the team will have roughly $48.5 million in cap space for next season, which leaves plenty of space to re-sign their top players. They look set to let go of , , and quite possibly , among others, leaving a need to add reinforcements.

    Adding New Talent

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    One of the most heavily rumored moves for Dallas in this free agency is picking up native Texan and former Legion of Boom linchpin Earl Thomas, per Forbes.

    Against the Rams in the and throughout the season, the Cowboys lacked a defenseman who could make plays on the pass. Thomas is one of the notorious ball hawks in the league, boasting 28 career interceptions, three of which came in just four games of last season.

    If the Cowboys can re-sign their stars while keeping some space for an Earl Thomas-sized contract, which clocked in at $10.4 million in 2018 for the , their of going all the way next season will significantly increase.

    Right now, the expected names of the and lead the odds to win the next Super Bowl at +750. Behind them, the Rams sit at +900 having suffered a suffocating defeat in this year’s Super Bowl. Much further down are the Cowboys at +2500 right now with redbet. If they re-sign Lawrence, pay their young stars, and bring in Thomas, they’ll shoot up the table of favorites.

    Then, there’s also the additions in the draft to consider.

    The Cowboys may be without a first-round selection, but that may end up working in their favor. Round one of the is set to be laden with defensive selections according to most , with a few quarterbacks sprinkled around and a minimal selection of offensive weapons. If the Cowboys re-sign Lawrence, they’ll be looking good at defensive end, so should then turn to giving Prescott another weapon in the , which will also help to keep defenses honest and give Elliott more room to operate.

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    As stated, the NFL is a passing league, and Prescott exploded once he was given a viable option in Amari Cooper. Michael Gallup is expected to take another step forward next season, but just in case, the Cowboys can add another strong receiving option in the draft thanks to the strength of the defensive class. A.J. Brown of will almost certainly go in the , but exciting talents in D.K. Metcalf, Parris Campbell, , and could all still be available when Dallas rings in during the .

    Improving Dallas' pass options and pass will go a long way toward improving the team and allowing them to push on to a bigger and better campaign in 2019.

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