It was yet another disappointing season for America’s team. The Dallas Cowboys finished 8-8 and in second place in the poor NFC East. This was a team that started out 3-0 and had Super Bowl expectations coming in. That will be the case again next season because they’re the Cowboys and the league is waiting for them to be contenders.
If Dallas wants to return to a place they have not been since 1995, they must handle some business in the offseason. They have already completed one big move that was a long time coming. Jason Garrett was fired as the head coach and Mike McCarthy was brought in as his replacement. That is just step one.
Here are three other moves that the Cowboys must make.
3. Add Secondary Talent in Draft
The Cowboys need to be aggressive. This applies to both free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. Dallas holds the 17th pick in the draft and they need to use it on help in the secondary. It is almost certain that Byron Jones is going to be gone in free agency. This is a big loss on defense for the Cowboys and something they must address.
Dallas could have a chance at landing Grant Delpit in the first-round. The LSU safety is a player with an incredibly high ceiling. He can turn into an All-Pro player if put in the right system. Yes, Delpit is a safety and will not replace Jones at corner, but his talent is too good to pass on. There will be corners in later rounds that will be worth taking.
2. Find a Way to Re-Sign Amari Cooper
Both Cooper and Randall Cobb will be free agents in March. Michael Gallup is an up-and-coming receiver but he is not a No. 1 option. Outside of those three, the Cowboys’ depth at wide receiver is non-existent.
Cooper is 25-years old and a proven No. 1 receiver. In 2019, he caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards and eight touchdowns for the Cowboys. The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Cooper if they do not use it on Dak Prescott. They could also place the transition tag on their star receiver which would allow them a chance to match any offer. The easy solution is to just sign him to a deal.
1. Give Dak Prescott his Money
Is Prescott the perfect player? Not in the slightest. But he is a great leader who handles every situation with class. Prescott and the Cowboys are a great match. Dallas cannot make the mistake that the Washington Redskins made with Kirk Cousins and waste time with a franchise tag.
Signing your quarterback to a long-term deal is a huge weight off the shoulders of the entire organization. The Cowboys cannot afford to play in 2020 with Prescott’s contract hanging over his head. This is the No. 1 thing that Jerry Jones must get done.