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Which Signing has been the Dallas Cowboys Best of 2020?

The and the rest of the are only a few weeks into the and a bevy of players have already found new teams through trades and signings. The next big event is the that will occur virtually April 23rd through the 25th. However, before we move forward, let's take a look back at all that the Cowboys have done.

Yesterday, Bleacher Report put out their list of the five best acquisitions of the NFL offseason so far. Unfortunately, the Dallas Cowboys didn't make the top five, but with going to the , to the , and Calais Cambell to the , it's been an eventful offseason. If the Cowboys were to make a move to sign a player like from the New York Giants or trade for of the , that would be a significant enough move to make waves, but they've yet to make that kind of a splash.

Their newsmakers have been more of the “value signings” in . Additions like , Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, , , and will help the Cowboys even if they weren't big splashes.

Of the Cowboys transactions this offseason, Gerald McCoy is the most significant. His signing provides and run from the interior that has been missing over the last couple of years. Though former 3-technique Defensive was an effective pass rusher in his time with the Cowboys, over the last couple of seasons, the Dallas interior struggled to stop the run that was most notable in their 2018 playoff loss to the .

McCoy is a better pass rusher than Collins and brings a significantly better ability at that should immediately improve the Cowboys defense. Getting better on the interior against the run helps at every level of the defense. Keeping the offensive linemen from getting to the second level and linebackers Jaylon Smith and will help them be more effective run defenders. Playing the run at a more effective rate will help put opposing offenses in longer down and distances allowing the pass rush to be more effective.

His pass-rush reputation will force opposing offensive coordinators to take note of him in their blocking schemes. While will still get double-teamed a lot, it should take pressure off of potential right players , Aldon Smith, Dorance Armstrong, or a rookie draft pick.

Gerald McCoy, though his contract won't take up a ton of cap space or make a lot of noise, his signing could be the steal of the offseason. Much like last year, the effect that McCoy will have will pay dividends throughout the season.

The Dallas Cowboys still have some work to do this offseason to build a legitimate contender, but Gerald McCoy goes a long way toward solidifying a defense that needed better interior play from their defensive tackles.

John Williams
John Williams
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