Dallas Cowboys Wise to sit out Initial Free Agent Market?

With the unofficial start to happening at around 3 pm central time yesterday, the NFL went into spending mode and threw money all over the place. It looked like the opening of an Apple Store when they a new iPhone. Over the last 24 hours, teams lined up and gave players a boat load of money that had , including me, curious at when the Cowboys might jump into the spending spree.

Aside from a that nobody had ever heard of, the Cowboys have been pretty much absent from the unofficial start of free agency.

As we assess the Cowboys inactivity, it’s easy to get frustrated as we see names like , Lamarcus Joyner, and set the market for the position. Each of them got $10-$14 million per year in their respective contracts, which should tell you everything you need to know about what Earl Thomas’ price tag.

Jane Slater from the , reiterated yesterday that the Dallas Cowboys aren’t going to be overpaying anyone, even DeMarcus Lawrence, as they attempt to keep the core of this team together.

While it may be difficult to watch the rest of the NFL make additions to their , we shouldn’t be surprised by the Dallas Cowboys inactivity. They don’t jump into free agency head first anymore. Call it the effect.

Since became the and Stephen Jones took on a more vocal role in the management of the team, the Dallas Cowboys have been reluctant to take chances on high-priced . Instead, they’ve opted to sign their own players and build through the draft. And, in reality, that’s worked. The Cowboys have been one of the best drafting teams in the NFL in the last five or six years.

While we’d all like the Dallas Cowboys to make a splash and sign Earl Thomas, they’re sticking to a plan that has been good to them in the past. They don’t have a lot of bad contracts killing their cap, but at the same time, teams that typically get roasted for making bad signings, like the , continue to find ways to be active in the market. Teams that are typically spenders in free agency, the and the , continue to spend money in free agency.

It’s hard to argue with a plan that has worked as well as it has over the last five years. Since 2014, the Cowboys have won three East titles and been to the of the three times as well. Sure, those aren’t Super Bowls, but you have to get to the playoffs to have a chance to compete for a .

The Dallas Cowboys have built a fantastic team that has a lot of really nice players on and . They are only a few pieces away from being legitimate contenders for a Super Bowl in 2019. Though I’d like to see them bring in Thomas to play safety, it’s hard to argue against their free agency plan.

Yesterday’s spending was out of control. The Cowboys, like they always do, are sticking to their and will make smart signings in the coming days and weeks after the market has cooled off. We can only hope that the market for Earl Thomas drops in temperature and he comes to Dallas at a rate less than the reported $15 million per year.

While it may be frustrating to watch the Dallas sit on their hands while their division rivals get better, the bigger frustration is watching this team play hard ball with players they’ve helped to develop in DeMarcus Lawrence and . This team might be able to afford watching Cole Beasley walk in free agency, but they need DeMarcus Lawrence. Like need, need. I believe that they’ll get a deal done with their leading pass rusher, but they need to make it happen sooner than later.

What do you think?


Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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