Offseason Overview: Cowboys Look to Move Past Playoff Letdown

Owens makes a catch vs New England

Franchise Player: S Ken Hamlin (tendered at $4.396M).

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)

• RB Tyson Thompson (not tendered as RFA) lost his job as the primary kickoff returner and was not a part of the regular offense.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• RB Marion Barber (tendered at $2.562M with 1st- and 3rd-round picks as compensation) is looking for a long-term deal.

• DE Chris Canty (tendered at $2.017M with 1st-round pick as compensation) is looking for a multi-year contract extension similar to the five-year, $20.5 million deal that nose tackle Jay Ratliff got.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• CB Pacman Jones (trade Titans).

• LB Zach Thomas: FA Dolphins; $19M/4 yrs, $1M SB; 2008 cap: $1.25M (deal can void after 2008 season).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• LT Flozell Adams: Potential UFA; $43M/6 yrs, $13M SB/$15M guaranteed; 2008 cap: $3.6M.

• G Joe Berger: RFA; $927,000/1 yr.

• TE Tony Curtis: ERFA; terms unknown.

• LS L.P. Ladouceur: Potential RFA; 5 yrs, terms unknown.

• CB Evan Oglesby: ERFA; $520,000/1 yr.

• C/G Cory Procter: ERFA; $520,000/1 yr.

PLAYERS LOST

• LB Akin Ayodele (traded Dolphins).

• S Keith Davis: UFA Dolphins; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• TE Anthony Fasano (traded Dolphins).

• NT Jason Ferguson (traded Dolphins).

• FB Oliver Hoyte (released).

• RB Julius Jones: UFA Seahawks; $12M/4 yrs, SB unknown.

• CB Nate Jones: UFA Dolphins; 2 yrs, terms unknown.

• CB Jacques Reeves: UFA Texans; $20M/6 yrs, $4M SB.

Following last seasons nightmare loss to the Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoffs, the Cowboys seem more determined than ever to get to the next level in 2008. The team did not make many free agent offseason moves, but the two moves they did make were done to shore up their defense, as they signed released vet Zach Thomas to play LB, and traded for troubled CB Adam “Pacman” Jones, who can be an impact player if he stays out of trouble and is allowed to play this season. They lost RB Julius Jones, but drafted another Jones – Felix Jones from Arkansas. Nothing they lost this offseason cannot be replaced, and they realize that.

The Cowboys put up 365 yards of offense, but still want more, and with a running game with first-round pick Jones and Marion Barber, it should take some pressure off that passing game. Tony Romo should be poised and focused after last seasons failure to get back to the playoffs and further this time, and the defense can be better with the leadership of Thomas and if Jones can give them something, this unit can be solid. All in all, this is still one of the top 2-3 teams in the NFC. Now they have to go out and prove it.

Offseason Grade to Date: B


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3 Responses to “Offseason Overview: Cowboys Look to Move Past Playoff Letdown”

  1. Andrew says:

    Maybe Tony Romo should stop having his girlfriends come see him play in clutch games??? Maybe that might help a bit…..haha.

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  2. Russ Loede says:

    Dallas Is Going To Finish 3rd in the Best Division In The NFL!

    NFC East Will Take Down Dallas All Year Long In ’08 – Mark It Down!

    Russ

  3. Ron says:

    maybe the eagles should first try to win a game because they suck and then if they can do that maybe get there first superbowl win i like on the hands of jerry jones and i see five rings so yea you can shutup now