The Cowboys made “splashes” all throughout the 2020 NFL Draft, which understandably took away some steam from their free agency moves. Especially moves which occurred after the draft was already complete.
But Dallas' signing of offensive lineman Cameron Erving should not be overlooked. A savvy move to bring in a veteran with real game experience is one thing, but Erving has the ability to be used as both a swing tackle and guard if needed by the Cowboys.
Erving signed a one year deal with the Cowboys back in May. He comes to Dallas after spending his last three seasons in Kansas City, where he most recently started eight games at left tackle during the Chiefs' Super Bowl season.
Erving won't be pushing La'el Collins for a starting job, of course, but he can fill in nicely in the Cameron Fleming role after his departure to the Giants this offseason. A former first round pick back in 2015, there's nothing but upside for the Cowboys in this deal.
Maybe Erving can find his footing while being in the same room as a couple of future Hall of Famers in Tyron Smith and Zack Martin. Maybe if Smith needs to miss time during the season due to his back, Erving can jump in at left tackle and not cause a catastrophic breakdown of the entire offense (looking at you, Chaz Green).
Or, maybe not. But given that Erving is on a one year deal, that would be fine too.
This Cowboys roster is filled with a perfect mix of young talent and experienced veterans, so much so that they seem uniquely fit to stay the course during such a turbulent offseason.
Of course their stars are their stars, but having players like Erving (a Super Bowl champion) to fit in as depth pieces is the key to building that complete championship roster.