Cowboys News App [Android]

Cowboys 2022 Free Agency Activity is Still Far From Over

There's been a lot of frustration over the last few weeks as the Cowboys have seemingly sat on their space and allowed major like , , and Chandler Jones to pass them by. But if Dallas is staying true to their typical flow, that means there could still be other moves coming as we transition into April.

Looking back over the last couple offseasons, Dallas has a trend of sitting out during the first few weeks of and then players in April, May, and even June or July as the market cools and asking prices drop. Here's just a quick look back at some of those later signings.


Here you see three significant member of last season's roster all added in April or, in Hooker's case, much later later. Anger went to the while Neal and Hooker were occasional starters and key roleplayers on . Both Anger and Hooker are back in 2022 with new contracts.

Even a guy like Sprinkle, relatively insignificant, is still valuable for depth and usage. These roster-filling moves are typical once you get out of March and can generally get journeymen signed to minimal veteran deals.


I know I included a few late-March signings here but they still help make the point. The Cowboys waited for big names like Zuerlein and McCoy to sit in free agency for a while before striking. Unfortunately, both guys wound up proving why there wasn't much interest on the open market.

Dallas addressed several depth needs during the later waves of free agency in 2020, such as swing with Erving and backup QB with Dalton. These moves didn't come until shortly after the draft, which indicates the Cowboys were open to addressing these positions during that event but ultimately chose not to. We could see the same occur this year.


Dallas was focused on contract negotiations with , and and mostly ran it back with the same talent from their 2018 playoff team. They added on but other than that it was a very quiet offseason in terms of external free agents.

This was really the same story from 2017-2019. The Cowboys felt good about their core roster and would make a few minor moves early in free agency, but they were clearly focusing on developing young talent and leaned on the draft to reload.

~ ~ ~

Will the pattern from 2020-2021 continue this offseason?  Dallas still has an estimated $14-$15 million in cap space remaining; plenty of ammo to make some of later-wave free agency moves if they choose to.

The Cowboys could seek to shore up a few more positions before the draft. The team has historically tried to go into each draft without any obvious need, making left guard stand out as the spot where a veteran signing could happen before April's big event. Additional help at WR, TE, OT, DT, or LB are all on the table as well.

The last two years have also shown us where Dallas will wait until after the draft to deal with some needs. As teams fill their rosters with rookie talent the remaining veteran free agents only become more desperate, which is music to ' ears.

It will still be a surprise if the Cowboys make any kind of “splash” signing, especially with few players left on the market who would qualify. But if the last two years are any indication, Dallas isn't done with free agency just yet.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

COntinue Reading


Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

> Join our team...

-- COWBOYS ANDROID APP --Free Dallas Cowboys News App for Android