This offseason is a pivotal one for the future of the Dallas Cowboys. The team has the ability to have a ton of cap space and they are picking in the top five of the NFL Draft. It also happens to be a time where they must determine what this team is.

Is it a team that is best fit to win under Tony Romo? Is it a team that is built to win under the future quarterback? Because this determination will influence what this team does in free agency and in the draft.

If they see this team as one that is built to win with their franchise quarterback then you can think back to when the Denver Broncos got Peyton Manning. Manning was reaching the end of his career and John Elway and the Broncos knew that when they signed him. In the offseasons following, the Broncos spent big in free agency and put together the team that has been to two Super Bowls under Manning.

If the Cowboys see this team as ready to win within Tony Romo’s window, then they better spend in free agency. There will be some players that can really fit nicely in Dallas and they have the cap space if they choose to use it.

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Demarcus Lawrence looks like a foundation piece for the Cowboys. He is part of the youth movement of the team while seeming ready to break out in a big way

The NFL Draft will also vary depending on when they think they are built to win.

If they want to win under Tony Romo, they may be more willing to plug a short-term hole that they didn’t fill through free agency. If they want to go long-term then they may take a better player at a position that they have less of a need in.

For example, Myles Jack wouldn’t be the biggest need pick, but he’s an ultra-talented player and can be a key component for the team for a long time. However, a player like Jalen Ramsey fits an immediate need and can make a major impact now and in the future.

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Myles Jack wouldn’t really fit a major need but can be a tremendous player in this league

The biggest factor will be free agency. If the Cowboys want to take the true best player available fourth overall then they better fill in the many holes that they have through free agency. There are some major holes on the team and if they are not filled then you really handicap yourself in the draft hoping to fill those needs.

I personally think this team is geared for life after Tony Romo. This is a really young team that has a lot of growing to do. Can they win with Tony Romo? Absolutely they can, but the team as currently composed isn’t ready.

If they can handle free agency and the draft well then they can get a team together that can be a serious threat under Romo and beyond if they hit on quarterback.

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of the Dallas Cowboys during the Cowboys 39-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys

I really think there is a potential dynasty brewing here and there are two things that need to happen for that to work out. They need to fill their many holes now if they want to win under Romo and they need to find their quarterback of the future if they want this talented roster to last.

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Nick Cocchiaro
I've been blogging about sports and music for almost eight years now. I also work in media relations for a New York sports team, so I understand the bridge between the outlets writing about a team and the team monitoring content. I hope to bring something new to Inside The Star, getting deep into draft work, breakdowns and I always come with a strong and passionate opinion. I'm very active on Twitter, so ask questions, comment on stuff, etc. and I will almost definitely respond to you in some sort of debate!

3 COMMENTS

  1. This team is neither long or short term and the reason they are in a 20 year slump. They have an organization that is such a mess that they are clueless. They continue believing that the 'HC' is a or someday will be a HC.. not going to happen. Even to the most casual fan you can see the man clearly doesn't have what it takes to win.

  2. I would love to see the Cowboys have a great team that makes it to the playoffs year in and year out. That's how I grew up. My Cowboys were in the playoffs from the time I was a kid until after I graduated from college. Hell, I thought it was my birth right for the Cowboys to be in the playoffs. It's been a generation now since we've had anything to get excited about save for the 2014 season. Even in the 80's when things went bad we had hope. The 90's brought us three rings and teams that will never be forgotten in the NFL. Since that last Super Bowl 20 years ago the Cowboys have had nothing. Last year was just God awful. I've lost faith. Not in the team. It's Jerry. He just infects everything with his ego.

  3. InsideTheStar.com UserThey continue believing that the 'HC' is a or someday will be a HC.. not going to happen. Even to the most casual fan you can see the man clearly doesn't have what it takes to win.

    You mean like that year he went 12-4 and won the division and a playoff game?

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