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Is the Cowboys’ Approach to Free Agency Limiting Success?

It's no secret that the are not very active in , choosing instead to draft and develop players while veteran players on manageable contracts. Every now and then the team will make a splash in the market, like in 2019 when they sent their first-round pick to the then for . Aside from that, the Cowboys have had a very conservative approach to signing talent.

In an that we finally saw the Cowboys and Dak Prescott agree to a deal, a deal that had more than a $15 million difference in the cap hit, it wasn't too hard to conceive the idea that they could use the extra cap room to acquire talent. However, it looks like more of the same in Dallas.

Senior reporter Josina Anderson tweeted out the Cowboys' approach to free agency will stay the course.

The Cowboys used to be known for 's high spending and flashy moves. Sometimes they would hit, like the signings of , , and . Sometimes they would miss like trading for Receiver or Adam “Pac-Man” Jones. In either instance, they showed they were willing to go any and all routes to compete.

In recent, more conservative years, the Cowboys have had some success by making the post-season, but have yet to even make it as far as to the game.

Looking at recent winners and even the teams that participated in the conference , they all drafted, made key trades, and signed outside . For example, look at the effect the made signing last , going from 7-9 to win it all the next season, or how good the Browns have become over the past few seasons adding players like Jack Conklin, , and , leading to their first playoff appearance since 2002.

Drafting and developing your own talent is important, and what should be the first focus since that's where these relationships have started. However, when you limit your approach to team building, you're limiting your team's success.

Jerry Jones is a shrewd businessman, but even he should know you got to spend money to make money, and the Cowboys haven't spent enough.

Shane Carter
Shane Carter
Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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