Dallas Cowboys Named One of the NFL’s Biggest ‘Losers’ for the 2024 Offseason

On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys had one of their busiest days in free agency of the offseason. The Cowboys announced they had signed two defensive studs from the UFL. It’s no wonder the Cowboys were recently named one of the biggest losers for the 2024 offseason.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was going “all in” to keep the Cowboys’ core group of players intact for the upcoming season. The team used all kinds of excuses, including an inflated market, as a reason for not spending money in free agency.

The Dallas Cowboys didn’t go all-in

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October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) after the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As previously discussed on GH, the Cowboys didn’t even bother keeping their core, citing money issues:

But core players like Tony Pollard and Tyron Smith left in free agency. Jones was asked about the loss of left tackle Smith to the New York Jets. According to Clarence Hill Jr. with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Jones said the Cowboys couldn’t afford to keep Smith on the team for the 2024 season.

Jones was concerned that Smith would be given too much incentive this season. The Cowboys plan to try offensive guard Tyler Smith at left tackle.

The Cowboys haven’t added to their core players

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June 5, 2024; Frisco, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs through a drill during practice at the Ford Center of the Star Training Facility in Frisco, Texas. Mandatory credit: Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Jones could have freed up cap space to add or retain key players by extending the contracts of Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons. At the time of this publication, all three players have yet to be signed to a contract extension.

The Dallas Cowboys were declared the ‘loser’ of the offseason

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October 11, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones adjusts his tie before being honored with the 1964 national championship team before a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Alabama defeated Arkansas 14-13. Mandatory credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Jones with The Athletic wrote that Jones’ decisions this offseason have made the Cowboys one of the league’s “losers” before the 2024 season:

Jerry Jones handled the offseason sparingly. The Cowboys’ most notable signings were the return of Ezekiel Elliott and the addition of linebacker Eric Kendricks (both on bargain deals). Meanwhile, the Cowboys lost Tyron Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Tony Pollard and Dorance Armstrong and failed to draft a running back. It’s hard to see Dallas defending the NFC East after Philadelphia’s active offseason.

Cowboys fans better prepare for a long season. They should be talented enough to compete for a Wild Card spot, but they are far from a Super Bowl contender. Jones’ strategy to rebuild the team this year may not have been wrong, but his message to the fan base was.

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