FRISCO - Almost as if they are doing a public service, Dallas Cowboys sources are whispering to us that they do not expect to be top-shelf shoppers in 2021 NFL free agency. Yes, they have some cap room, but much of it is already earmarked for relatively mundane moves. And yes, they can make more room, but such moves come with inherent risk as well.
Armed with that understanding, the 'Locked On' podcast plows on and has some clever paths the team can take toward improvement.
From the dreamy idea of Bengals defensive lineman Carl Lawson to the deep evaluation of Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright to the maybe affordable idea of safety Malik Hooker, hosts Marcus Mosher and Landon McCool analyze the options on defense.
Who is attractive? Who fits? Who can make their teammates better?
Yes, the idea of Dalvin Tomlinson of the Giants is broached as well - though again, we caution Cowboys Nation that he's about to have a robust market waiting for him.
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And then a similar exercise on offense, where the Cowboys can argue that they already "won'' free agency with the signing of QB Dak Prescott. Of course, doing so - as monumental as it is - does not yet make Dallas better; it just means Dallas is "as good'' as it was with Dak.
Or, at least, that's the hope.
Are there ways to use free agency, though, to also upgrade the Cowboys on offense? What are the tendencies of personnel boss Will McClay? (Did he not ever like Johnathan Hankins at defensive tackle?) And will the coaching staff - now including defensive coordinator Dan Quinn - have a powerful draft-room voice?
Dig in to "Locked on Cowboys.''