The Dallas Cowboys have a few crucial needs entering this upcoming off-season.
With Dallas not one to be very active in free agency, most of the moves they make will come in the draft. It is there that the Cowboys will look to fill a few major weaknesses on this football team.
Dallas isn’t desperate for starters, but they do need depth at both wide receiver and linebacker. If they plan on going with linebacker in the first round, they will likely feel they must shore up depth at a position that lacked it in 2017. With the injury past of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, along with the uncertainty with free agent Anthony Hitchens, no one would blame Dallas in drafting a LB with that first pick.
Wide receiver is another position that we saw in 2017 as a need!
Dez Bryant might be getting paid as an elite option, but he is not performing as one. Since signing his current five-year, $70 million contract, Dez has battled both injuries and lack of chemistry with Dak Prescott.
Dez says he isn’t going to take a pay cut, and Jerry Jones has said he will not be releasing his All-Pro wide receiver. That leaves us with Bryant playing out his current contract or seeing Dallas sign him to an extension. Under his current contract, Dez has a huge cap hit in 2018. If Dallas goes the extension route, they could find some cap space with some creative terms.
Tensions between Brice Butler and Dez Bryant likely takes one out of the mix in 2018!
Brice Butler will likely not be back in 2018. Butler’s recent comments about wanting to start and performing better than Dez likely guarantees that. Butler may have been a deep threat option for the Cowboys. However, Dallas didn’t use him as much as he would have liked. Averaging over 21 yards a catch, I would agree with Butler that he wasn’t used nearly enough in 2017.
Terrance Williams did not catch a single touchdown during the 2017 season.
Dez Bryant did not eclipse 100 yards once.
Cole Beasley did not have a game with more than 4 receptions.
A lost year for the Cowboys WRs.
— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) January 1, 2018
#Cowboys biggest player quandary this offseason: what to do about Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, both had career lows in average per catch. They're also first and second in salary, combining for $29 million – 18% of cap.
— Ed Werder (@EdwerderRFA) January 1, 2018
The Cowboys might look to offense with that first-round pick. If Alabama star wide receiver, Calvin Ridley is available at the Cowboys pick, it would be tempting to grab him. Ridley might just be the next Julio Jones with his ability on the football field. Another option in that first-round could be Colorado State’s Michael Gallup. He hasn’t received the same coverage as Ridley, but he has the chance to be a solid pick for someone in the first-round of April’s draft.
WR is a position guaranteed to see Dallas draft in April!