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Pass Or Fail? Dallas Cowboys Earn Mixed Free Agency Grades

It’s offseason grading time.

We may still be in the midst of the offseason, and still do have the biggest player acquisition event to go, but it’s time to grade some free agency moves.

Bleacher Report released their consensus expert grades for each team’s free agency moves this week, with the Cowboys earning mixed reviews. Getting Dak Prescott extended earned them some slack, but BR was far from impressed with the rest of America’s Team’s signings.

“Dallas misplayed the Prescott saga—and paid the price…But it was still a signing that had to be made. Now the issue is yet another big contract on the books, which means that Dallas has to hit on low-cost signings like Neal to stay competitive in the NFC. An offensive line that struggled in 2020 is also essentially untouched—there’s work to do in the draft.”

Overall the Cowboys earned a consensus grade of a C+, passing mostly because they were able to extend Prescott, but earning lower grades for their other signings. Most notably, the Cowboys added safeties Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee in an effort to nearly completely turn over the position from last year.

Will Kazee be a better option than Xavier Woods was last season? Will Keanu Neal play with Donovan Wilson or will he take away from his snap count? We can’t be sure, but there’s no doubt that change was severely needed at the position.

The Cowboys also added defensive lineman Tarell Basham, which Bleacher Report named their worst move of all of free agency. I disagree with this assessment of Basham, who I believe will provide much needed depth as a rotational piece across the defensive line.

One signing they did not discuss was offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe. The veteran swing tackle should push the young Brandon Knight and Terence Steele during camp, providing strong competition at a position of need.

The Cowboys had awful injury luck across the offensive line last season, and adding Nsekhe helps to provide an insurance policy behind their starting five.

Overall, a C+ feels like a fair assessment of the Cowboys free agency. They didn’t break the bank on any new additions, or add any big names to their defense. But they did add some solid players at positions of need to help give them flexibility in the middle rounds of the draft.

Oh and most importantly, they locked up quarterback Dak Prescott. We can’t forget that.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. A grade of C smh who writes this stuff, we need people with football knowledge to write stuff…this is slander, obviously it a writer for the Giants or Eagles, just stop!!!

  2. Prescott not worth the price tag. This season will prove that. When the Cowboys decide to stop overpaying for under-producing , then and only then will they be relevant. Overall, they need a new GM – good luck with that. OBTW, diehard Cowboy fan from the Staubach days.

  3. Dak led (3) Top5 Offenses since being drafted.
    If not hurt last year… very likely would’ve been #1. Once DAL applied Exclusive Franchise Tag… they essentially valued him as a Top5 QB… and by rule, was required to pay him as such.

    To say Dak is not worthy of his compensation is envious BS!

  4. I don’t want to argue but Staubach fans should know he himself said Dak should get paid as did Troy Aikman

  5. Dak getting paid was the right move. The offense struggled bad when he was hurt. Now none said a word when QBs like Mat Stafford got his money and he surely didnt deserve it. Tannehill got paid only because Derrick Henry is a beast and ran the Titans to the AFC Championship game last year. It wasn’t because Tannehill did anything spectacular. And dont get me started on Cousin. No one says one word about white QBs getting paid but as soon as a black player wants his money people label him as, not a team player. Stop it.

  6. I have to agree Dak deserved to get paid as he’s kept the offense amongst the tops in the NFL. I believe there are a few things that can improve, 3 & outs especially early in games and feildgoal to touchdown ratio in the red zone. If we can manage to solidify the offensive line that will open up the running game again. If you combined that with Dak’s ability to be a record setting QB those 2 things should result in more wins and possibly that covited Super Bowl appearance baring injuries. If we can do the above we would win even with the production or lack there of from last years defensive as no matter what happened on defense the offense would be too good to be stopped. Signing Dak was the first piece and again now we just need to address the offensive line.

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