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Evaluating The Cowboys NFC East Division Rivals
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After finishing in first place in the NFC East in 2016, the Dallas Cowboys will look to retain their NFC East title in 2017. Dallas added plenty of new players over the offseason via the NFL Draft and free agency, but so did the Washington Redskins, New York Giants, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

In order to get back to the playoffs and make a run at the Super Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys must focus on beating the three teams they will see most.

New York Giants

The Giants were the one team last year the Cowboys could not figure out.

In two meetings with the Giants, the Cowboys lost both games. While neither lose was a blowout, when two of your three regular season loses come from the same opponent it calls for a bit of concern.

Key Free Agency Additions

  1. D.J. Fluker - OT
  2. Brandon Marshall - WR
  3. Shaun Draughn - RB
  4. Devin Taylor - DE

The Giants added multiple players via free agency this offseason with the four listed above being the most important. The Giants offensive line has been the team's Achilles heel over the past few seasons.

Giants at Cowboys Trash Talk Begins With Janoris Jenkins, Dez BryantD.J. Fluker is a former first round pick who had a roller coaster of a career with the San Diego Chargers.

Brandon Marshall was brought in to be a compliment to the team's number one receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. There is no question that Brandon Marshall has seen better days, but adding him into the mix with an already high-powered offense makes the Giants offense tough to defend.

Shaun Draughn and Devin Taylor were also signed by New York this offseason. While Shaun Draughn isn't a flashy player he has just as much chance to win the starting running back job as second year player Paul Perkins, or rookie Wayne Gallman.

Devin Taylor was a late signing for the team, just last week. Taylor is a veteran player who plays the run very well and will be a good rotational player behind often inured Jason Pierre-Paul.

Key Departures

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DT Johnathan Hankins #95 (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

The departure of Johnathan Hankins could come back to haunt the Giants, especially in their match-ups against the NFL's leading rusher, Ezekiel Elliott.

  1. Johnathan Hankins - DT
  2. Marshall Newhouse - OT
  3. Victor Cruz - WR

Hankins was one of the top run defenders in the league last year, and a main reason the Cowboys struggled to get things going on the ground against the Giants.

The Giants offensive line wasn't very good, to put it nicely. Losing Marshall Newhouse doesn't help. Newhouse was by no means an elite offensive lineman, but when you lose something you don't have much of to begin with, it definitely hurts.

When healthy, Victor Cruz has been causing the Cowboys problems for years. Luckily for Dallas, they no longer have to deal with the salsa dancing slot receiver anymore. Cruz signed with the Chicago Bears after getting pushed down the depth chart by second year player Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall.

Key Draft Picks

Evan Engram

TE Evan Engram

The Giants covered a lot of their holes in this draft, while also ignoring some of their biggest weaknesses.

  1. Dalvin Tomlinson - DT
  2. Evan Engram - TE
  3. Wayne Gallman - RB

The signing of Dalvin Tomlinson to replace Johnathan Hankins was a smart move by their front office. Hankins was a valuable player on defense last year and losing him to the Indianapolis Colts made Ezekiel Elliott a happy man.

One of the strangest picks in the first round was Evan Engram to the Giants.

Evan Engram has all the talent in the world, but he's not a traditional tight end. All signs from the coaching staff -- and sources around the league -- point to Evan Engram being asked to play as a true tight end limiting his ability to reach his full potential.

Wayne Gallman was a great value pick for the Giants in the fourth round. Gallman is a three-down back who has no problems blocking, running the football, or catching the ball out of the backfield.

Gallman and Perkins will likely battle for first team reps and may even end up splitting carries throughout the season.

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QB Eli Manning #10, QB Dak Prescott #4 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Summary and Record VS Dallas Cowboys

The Giants will decline in 2017. Their offensive line is a huge weakness and, while the offensive weapons are there, the team struggled offensively last year.

The additions of Brandon Marshall and Evan Engram look like great picks for New York, but with no clear-cut running back and a weak offensive line, I expect both the offense and the defense to take a step backward.

The Cowboys will win the first game of 2017 at AT&T Stadium against the Giants and lose their game on the road later in the season. The Giants and Cowboys will be in a season long battle for the NFC East Division title.

Washington Redskins

The Redskins had a very good offseason in my opinion. They made good moves in free agency and had one of the better drafts.

The Cowboys were 2-0 against the Redskins last year, both tough games.

Key Free Agency Additions

Terrell McClainThe Washington Redskins lost both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson in free agency, but made a point to fill their spots quickly by signing Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick.

  1. Terrelle Pryor - WR
  2. Terrell McClain - DT
  3. Brian Quick - WR
  4. Zach Brown - LB

Terrelle Pryor was quite the surprise for Cleveland last year after making his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. The 6'4 wide receiver is a tough player to defend due to his size and his speed down the field.

The Redskins also signed veteran wide receiver Brian Quick, who spent his last five seasons with the St. Louis Rams. Quick struggled to get much going with the Rams, but will look to have a career year with his new team.

You hate to see one of your team's players leave to join a division rival but that's exactly what Terrell McClain did.

After a great year playing the 1-technique in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme, McClain was signed by the Redskins to play in their 3-4 scheme. I'm not quite sure his fit with Washington as he's neither a true nose tackle nor a 3-4 defensive end.

I'm curious to see how McClain plays this year in his new scheme.

Zach Brown may have been the Redskins' best signing of the offseason. After struggling to stop the run in 2016, Washington went all-in on one of the better run stuffing linebackers in the NFL.

Zach Brown had six games where he registered double-digit tackles for Buffalo last year. While Brown faces some competition before he can take over as the starter, he could be a huge upgrade for the Washington Redskins in 2017.

Key Departures

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WR DeSean Jackson #11, CB Morris Claiborne #24 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

While the Redskins did a great job adding talent to their roster with free agency and the draft, they also lost a lot of their players in free agency.

All of these guys were starters for Washington.

  1. DeSean Jackson - WR
  2. Pierre Garcon - WR
  3. Chris Baker - DT/DE
  4. Ricky Jean Francois - DE

DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon played huge roles in the Washington offense last year and were two of Kirk Cousins' favorite targets. The Redskins are relying heavily on the development of Josh Doctson and Terrelle Pryor, but both players have huge shoes to fill in the Cousins-led offense.

Chris Baker was one of, if not the best player on the Redskins defense. Ricky Jean Francois was a starter on the defensive line for just about half of the season. Both players were leaders and played consistently good football on a rather disappointing Redskins defense.

Both players will be missed.

Key Draft Picks

Jonathan Allen

DL Jonathan Allen

As I mentioned above, the Redskins had one of the better drafts this year. Getting former Alabama DL Jonathan Allen with the 17th overall pick is an absolute steal, but to match that with former UCLA CB Fabian Moreau in the third round? Sheesh.

  1. Jonathan Allen - DE/DT
  2. Ryan Anderson - OLB/DE
  3. Fabian Moreau - CB
  4. Samaje Perine - RB

Jonathan Allen will likely step in and fill Chris Bakers' role as the team's do-it-all defensive lineman.

Allen had some shoulder concerns that pushed him down draft boards and right into the Redskins' lap. The Cowboys offensive line must be on their "A" game every time they line up against Jonathan Allen.

The Ryan Anderson pick was one of the few head-scratchers of the Redskins' draft.

Ryan Anderson is an outside linebacker/defensive end hybrid who will likely play as an outside linebacker in Washington's 3-4 scheme. Anderson isn't a great pass rusher and isn't quick enough to cover sideline to sideline in the running game and passing game. I am very curious to see what role Anderson will play in Washington.

The Fabian Moreau pick broke my heart. Moreau was one of my favorite players leading up to the Draft. Moreau injured his pectoral bench-pressing just weeks before the NFL Draft and started sliding down draft boards immediately.

Moreau was viewed as a late first, early second round pick before the injury. Moreau is sticky in coverage and has excellent instincts. The Redskins have another great corner to match with pro bowler Josh Norman once Moreau is healthy.

The Redskins' running back carousel continues to spin, but the team may have found their RB1 in the fourth round in this years draft.

Samaje Perine fits the Redskins ideal of a north to south power runner. Perine is a powerful runner who won't offer much as a receiver. Perine will likely be in a camp battle with Rob Kelly for the #1 running back spot, but don't be surprised if he wins.

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Summary and Record VS Dallas Cowboys

The Washington Redskins will struggle on defense this year. Losing Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois will prove to be big loses.

I can see the offense also taking a huge dip in production after losing their top two receivers in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon. With no real established running game, a lot of projection at the wide receiver position, and a young inexperienced defense, the Redskins could be in for a tough season.

I see the Cowboys sweeping the Redskins in their two regular season games.

The Redskins consistently struggle to deal with Cole Beasley and now they have a Beasley clone to worry about, too. With Ezekiel Elliott likely to improve -- along with Dak Prescott -- the Cowboys should have no problems against the Washington Redskins.

Philadelphia Eagles

With rookie Carson Wentz leading the charge, the Eagles struggled last year finishing the season 7-9, last in the NFC East.

The Eagles spent a ton of resources giving Wentz as many weapons as possible and the excuses for him should be silenced if he struggles again this year.

Key Free Agency Additions

Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Vs. Bears: Can Cowboys Slow Down Alshon Jeffery?

WR Alshon Jeffery #17 (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Eagles were not shy in adding plenty of offensive talent in free agency.

  1. Alshon Jeffrey - WR
  2. Torrey Smith - WR
  3. LeGarrette Blount - RB
  4. Timmy Jernigan - DE/DT

Alshon Jeffrey is looked at as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL when healthy. And that's the big question for Jeffrey, can he stay healthy?

Jeffrey has dealt with his fair share of injuries and was handed a suspension at the end of last season for failing a drug test. Another question with Jeffrey is if he can be successful in Philadelphia's offense.

Jeffrey has had a majority of his success as a vertical-threat receiver. Carson Wentz doesn't like throwing the football deep, like at all. Wentz had one of the worst YPC (yards per completion) percentages in the league last year at 6.2. Jeffrey is a very talented receiver, but will likely have to change his style of play in order to make a difference in the Eagles offense.

Similar to Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith's success comes in vertical plays. Smith is one of the most dangerous deep ball receivers in the league. But in an offense that rarely lets the ball fly, how much of an impact will he make?

LaGarrette Blount was a late signing by the Eagles, and a big one. Blount, who was with the Patriots in 2016, led the league last year in rushing touchdowns.

The Eagles haven't had a consistently good running game since LeSean McCoy left after the 2014 season. Blount, while scoring plenty of touchdowns last year (18), didn't have a great season. Blount finished with 1,161 yards on 299 attempts for a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry average, his second worst average in his eight year career.

Timmy Jernigan was a signing the Cowboys front office didn't want to see. Jernigan was one of the best 3-4 run-stuffers in the game last year with the Ravens. Jernigan came over in a trade just before the draft to fill the hole left by Bennie Logan.

Jernigan will likely start at one of the defensive tackle spots in Philadelphia's 4-3 scheme and get more reps as a pass rusher.

Key Departures

Dallas Cowboys Sign CB Nolan Carroll,Cowboy fans are very familiar with Nolan Carroll's departure from Philadelphia, seeing as he landed in Dallas and has already made the wrong sort of headlines.

  1. Nolan Carroll - CB
  2. Bennie Logan - DT
  3. Connor Barwin - DE
  4. Chase Daniel - QB

Carroll was one of the better players in the Eagles secondary last year, and with the lack of talent and inexperience I was surprised they allowed him to walk.

The Eagles will miss Bennie Logan, especially when they play the Cowboys. Bennie Logan is one of the best run defenders in the league and offered a decent amount of pass rush from his position.

Logan took care of a lot of the dirty work along their defensive line and will certainly not be missed by Cowboys Nation.

Connor Barwin isn't the same Connor Barwin from five years ago, but he still is a very talented player as a situational pass rusher.

Barwin was third on the team in sacks last year, behind both Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox. Barwin was the veteran along the defensive line that ranked 16th in the league in sacks last season.

Chase Daniel barely saw the field last year so you're probably wondering why I included him on this list, I did so for two reasons. 1) Carson Wentz took his fair share of hits last year and 2) I'm not sold on Carson Wentz being the franchise guy that Philadelphia so desperately wants him to be.

Now that's not to say 30-year-old veteran Chase Daniel is, but he has had success in the league when he was asked to play.

Key Draft Picks

Derek BarnettThe Eagles took Derek Barnett out of Tennessee with the 14th overall pick in the draft to try to fill the void at defensive end. Barnett was one of the most productive pass rushers coming out of college in quite some time.

  1. Derek Barnett - DE
  2. Sidney Jones - CB
  3. Rasul Douglas - CB
  4. Mack Hollins - WR

Barnett isn't overly athletic, but very smart and he has good technique. He isn't fast but he explodes off the snap, which he has a good feel for. Barnett is still very raw and must develop more of a pass rush-move arsenal other than his ability to bend and his hand usage.

Sidney Jones -- once looked at as a first rounder -- was the Eagles' second round pick. Jones tore his Achilles at his pro day and will likely need a red shirt year to get back to full strength.

In the third round the Eagles drafted former West Virginia CB, Rasul Douglas.

Douglas had a great senior season at West Virginia and a really nice week at the senior bowl. He's a long corner that is primarily looked at as a zone CB. Douglas isn't overly athletic and is still very raw with his technique, but he may be one of the most talented defensive backs on the Eagles roster to start the 2017 season.

The Eagles added plenty of receivers this offseason in free agency and the later rounds of the NFL draft. Still unsure of their plan.

If Carson Wentz was the gunslinger type of quarterback that had success throwing the ball deep down the field I would understand, but he isn't. Mack Hollins, similar to Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith, was used primarily as a vertical threat at North Carolina. Hollins is a slower, less physical clone of Alshon Jeffrey.

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Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by James D. Smith/Dallas Cowboys)

Summary and Record VS Dallas Cowboys

If Carson Wentz has completely changed how he plays the game from 2016 to 2017, my opinions on adding Alshon Jeffrey, Torrey Smith, and Mack Hollins could certainly change, but for now they just don't make much sense for this team.

I liked the addition of Derek Barnett, but I'm not sure he has much of an impact right away. Same goes for Sidney Jones. But two years from now we may consider Sidney Jones one of the biggest steals from this draft.

The Eagles didn't do as much to their secondary as I thought they would and I think that is certainly going to come back and bite them.

The Cowboys win both games against the Eagles this year, and I predict the Eagles really struggle again this year. Carson Wentz -- to me -- is not a franchise quarterback, and I haven't been a fan of his since he declared two years ago.

The Philadelphia defense lost some key pieces to their defense and the pieces they added to their offense don't fit with their offensive game plan.

The Dallas Cowboys went .500 against their division rivals last year. Losing both games to the Giants, splitting the games with Philadelphia (the loss came in a meaningless game), and sweeping the Redskins. With a lot of new faces in the division, we will see who will run the east in 2017.


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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

Brian Martin

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Should Cowboys Sign This RFA to a Contract Sheet?

Fortune favors the bold. It's a rough translation of an old Latin proverb and the mantra I believe the Dallas Cowboys should indoctrinate this offseason.

I think it's time the Dallas Cowboys start to make a few bold moves. I truly believe they are close to competing for a championship title and one or two offseason moves could increase those odds. One such move would be to sign restricted free agent (RFA) Shaquil Barrett to an offer sheet.

It's expected that the Denver Broncos will place a second-round tender on Barrett and I think the Dallas Cowboys would be wise to explore the possibility of signing him to a contract sheet. If Denver declines to match the offer, the Cowboys would then send them their second round draft pick as compensation.

You on board?

Probably not at this point, but let me try to explain why I believe this is a good move on the Cowboys part, even if it is an uncharacteristic one.

You see, the Cowboys could definitely use someone to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and I think Shaquil Barrett could be the solution.

I know it sounds like a lot to give up a second round draft pick, but the Cowboys have been deplorable at drafting players in the second round the past decade. Sean Lee, DeMarcus Lawrence, and possibly Jaylon Smith have really been the only "hits" the Cowboys have found in the second round. That's simply unacceptable!

So, why not use that second rounder to acquire a player who is already a proven commodity in the NFL?

Shaquil Barrett

Denver Broncos OLB Shaq Barrett (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

I know the first thing a lot of you are going to do is to look up Shaquil Barrett's stats to see what he has accomplished in the NFL. But, stats don't always show the big picture.

You see, Barrett has been stuck behind some pretty talented pass rushers in Denver, so his statistics aren't going to jump off the paper. But, when given the opportunity he has proven he deserves a larger role. That's where the Dallas Cowboys come in.

The Broncos probably don't have the money to keep Shaquil Barrett if the Cowboys sign him to a contract sheet. It doesn't necessarily even have to be a big money contract offer. The Broncos simply don't have the salary cap to do much, especially considering they are still looking for a starting quarterback.

I honestly like the idea of the Cowboys going after Barrett. You may have forgotten, but he gave a healthy Tyron Smith fits last season.

With an injured Shane Ray, Shaquil Barrett got the start against the Cowboys in 2017 and finished the game with two quarterback hits, six QB pressures, and five stops. No other player found that kind of success against Tyron Smith all season, even when he was banged up.

Unfortunately, when Shane Ray returned, Barrett's usage on defense declined. That's why you can't always judge a players productivity by statistics. You have to judge him more on a per-snap basis, and if you do that you will discover he was very effective as both a pass rusher and run stopper.

I believe Barrett is ready for a full-time role. Yes, he has been used as a standup 3-4 OLB with the Broncos, but he has the required traits to put his hand on the ground and maintain his effectiveness.

The downside to all of this is the Dallas Cowboys would have to give up their second-round draft pick, but draft picks are sometimes overvalued anyways. Shaquil Barrett is probably better than anybody the Cowboys could draft in the second round, so I say pull the trigger.

Should the Cowboys sign Shaquil Barrett to a contract sheet?


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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

Brian Martin

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Could Former Division Rival be Cowboys' OG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs, offensive guard is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the offensive line with a new starting left guard is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their defense. But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the coaching staff give Chaz Green another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 free agency just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential free agents they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into "bargain shoppers".

There are a few intriguing free agent options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the New York Giants, Justin Pugh.

Justin Pugh

New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both right tackle and offensive guard for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back injury. This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury history.

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?


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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Dallas Cowboys Wishlist: 2018 Free Agency Edition
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Sadly, we can't wake up on Sundays to NFL football. The Dallas Cowboys are not on TV every week for us to watch them play. To make matters worse, we'll have to wait until September to get real football from our favorite team.

But that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about until then! For the die-hard Cowboys fan, the offseason should be quite entertaining. Free agency will begin in March, and it should be an intense one for Dallas.

They need to handle a tight salary cap while trying to add a bit of help for this football team. Recently, Inside The Star Contributor John Williams wrote an in-depth piece about the Cowboys' cap situation and how they can manage to get things done, despite having little cap space right now.

Last season, I wrote a weekly Cowboys Wishlist about things I wanted to see for each game. Now there are no games, but I decided to write a special edition for this upcoming free agency.

Cowboys en Español: El Futuro de David Irving y DeMarcus Lawrence

Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving, DeMarcus Lawrence (Kevin Jairaj / USA TODAY Sports)

Wish #1: Keep The Rushmen

The front office will have one hell of a challenge trying to retain all of its free agents. The two most important ones may be their two defensive linemen. If they can keep them, DL won't be a top need heading to the Draft.

Lawrence is one of the biggest names in free agency this 2018, but the Cowboys should find a way to keep him from ever being available.

If they're able to franchise tag him, that'd be the way to go since he's only had one elite season in his four-year career and they may not want to sign him to a huge long-term deal and risk not seeing the same guy next season.

David Irving is a more polarizing player, with off-the-field issues. However, he's been a very disruptive guy and he has the chance to be a unique player. His talent is really out of this world. Keeping him and Irving would give this franchise a top defensive line for the first time in many years.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Wish #2: Pay Anthony Hitchens

When healthy, Sean Lee is one of the NFL's top linebackers. He is simply an outstanding player who's always around the ball and seems to know where the ball is going before the opposing coach even calls the play.

The problem is, he has a lot of trouble remaining available. Anthony Hitchens is a guy who's found the way to step up every time the General is out, and he's shown a great progression as a player year after year.

Lee will be 32 by the time the season starts, giving Dallas something to think about. Hitchens is a guy capable of starting and competing in the NFL. If the front office finds a way to keep him, they'll be getting closer to being less "Sean Lee-dependent."

Wish #3: Get Seattle Seahawks' Earl Thomas

When we talk about a potential big name addition to the Dallas Cowboys, we're usually a bit pessimistic. This team isn't one that makes splashes like this, but Earl Thomas to Dallas makes a ton of sense. Former Seahawks' defensive coordinator is now the Cowboys' defensive backs' coach.

With Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis (and maybe Byron Jones moving to CB), this team will have a promising secondary. Add Earl Thomas, and it will go from "promising" to "great" in a heartbeat.

The Cowboys could not only have a top DL, but a top secondary if they're able to get this veteran.

Let's hope the Cowboys listen to Thomas and they go get him.

A Case For Dez Bryant Remaining a Dallas Cowboy in 2018

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Wish #4: Get Dez Bryant to Take a Pay Cut

When I started writing this, I wanted to add a "get this wide receiver in FA"... but I won't. A few weeks ago, I wrote a case in favor and one against Dez Bryant remaining a Cowboy in 2018. Personally, I would be fine with him parting ways with the team.

However, I'm aware of how hard it can be finding a replacement for a guy like #88. The biggest issue with Dez is definitely his cap hit. He hasn't justified the money he's being paid on the field as he should be.

If they can get him to take a pay cut, it may end up being the ideal scenario for the Dallas Cowboys.

It'll be a very interesting offseason, and here at Inside The Star we'll continue to provide you with content about it all.

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