Cowboy failures in the offseason condemn Dallas for the 2022 NFL season Bleacher Report

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We haven’t seen a repeat of the NFC East team as a division winner since the Philadelphia Eagles from 2001-04, and that trend is likely to continue next year. The Dallas Cowboys have lost enough talent without replacing it properly to fall from first place in 2022.

They could have avoided some mistakes in the offseason, but Dallas made a bad decision in the passes. In addition, the team’s position on the structure of contracts will have the opposite effect if the front office does not get on the premium draft choice or does not use its limit ($ 15.5 million) wisely.

Owner Jerry Jones and CEO, executive vice president and player director Stephen Jones have agreed on two key draft needs, according to The Athletic’s John Machota.

“When asked this week, Stephen Jones mentioned a wide receiver, tight end and line of attack. Jerry Jones mentioned the pass-rusher, attacking the line and the tight end, ”Machota wrote last Friday.

Let’s start with Dallas ’biggest miscalculation in the outout.

According to Jan Rapaport of the NFL Network, the Cowboys thought they would be able to keep Michael Gallup and Cedric Wilson Jr. as the team planned to break up with Omar Cooper:

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From our coverage association: #Cowboys believe they may retain FA WR Michael Gallup and Cedric Wilson if they walk away from Omar Cooper.

The cowboys staggered by this plan. They exchanged Cooper and a sixth-round pick at the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fifth and sixth and re-signed a five-year, $ 57.5 million base deal with Gallup, but Wilson signed a three-year term. A $ 22.1 million contract with the Miami Dolphins.

Quarterback Duck Prescott has a main target at CeeDee Lamb, but he lost a receiver with two companies at 1,100 with an excess of yards and a few years of Pro Bowl with the Cowboys at Cooper. Say what you want about his failed 2021 campaign, but he immediately stepped up his attacking attacking team after the club acquired him from the then-Auckland Raiders before the 2018 trade deadline.

In the second half of 2021, Wilson established contact with Prescott, scoring more than 100 yards of admission in 12 and 18 weeks. Dallas will miss it as number 3, especially with the question mark in number 2 spot.

Gallup broke the ACL in January, and the Brady team thinks he could serve a few games to start the 2022 season:

With the current roster James Washington, whom the club has signed as a free agency, will have a chance to fill a big void in the vaudout. In 2019, he posted decent figures from the Pittsburgh Steelers, making 44 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns, but since then fifth-year pros have recorded 54 catches for 677 yards and seven touchdowns.

With 52.3 percent catch rateWashington may need a significant target share for production due to its inefficient catching passes, which is not ideal for Lamb, who has grown into the lead role and investment team at Gallup.

“Cowboys” “expressed interest” in DeVante Parker before “Dolphins” traded him for “New England Patriots”, according to ESPN’s Adam Schaeffer:

Until Gallup returns to action, Tight and Dalton Schultz may need to supplement Lamb as an option № 2 in the air attack. Dallas will probably add another post-catching tight end for insurance. Regardless, expect the Cowboys, who finished second in the pass in 2021, to get hit without Cooper and Wilson.

Perhaps the front office should have kept Cooper and restructured Ezekiel Eliot’s deal and left Tyrone Smith’s contract, which would have saved the team about $ 17.4 million each day. Above the hat.

The Cowboys lost a couple of key players on the offensive line as well. Left guard Connor Williams has signed a contract with the Dolphins, and the team has released Lael Collins, who signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals. In 2021, two attack linemen were played 1619 offensive shots and allowed three bags together, according to Pro Football Focus.

Although Williams and Collins have been battling penalties and the latter has missed 21 games in the last two seasons, the Cowboys may have to rely on Conor McGovern and Terence Steele to fill the left-back and right-back, respectively. which is a gambling activity.

As a brawler with a lot of experience on the right, Steele has made 27 starts in two seasons, but he will have to get a full-time job. It hits the depths behind Smith, who has missed 23 games since 2020 and at least three games in each of the last six seasons.

If Steele doesn’t move into the regular position smoothly or Smith continues to fight injuries, Prescott may have to use his legs a little more to compensate for the wobbly pass defense. In addition to this, ball carriers could see tighter running lanes on the back and edges.

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One of the teams that expressed interest in acquiring WR Devante Parker even before New England did so was the Dallas Cowboys, according to sources in the league. Dallas is not done looking for another WR.

In addition to key rebounds due to an attack that scored the most points and yards last season, Dallas also lost a pass-rocher to Randy Gregory, who changed his mind and signed with Denver Broncos at the free agency.

According to Ed Werder of ESPN via Jeff LegvoldGregory took an exception from the clause in the Cowboys contract structure.

“The point Gregory objected to – the revocation of a contract in the event of a fine / suspension for any drug offense or a breach of NFL personal policy – was not included in his previous contract with the Cowboys and was also not mentioned in Monday’s contract talks. lasted until midnight, a source told Werder, ”Legvold wrote.

Because of Gregory’s history of deviations, the Cowboys made the right decision to support the language in their deal. On the other hand, they fully guaranteed the new contract of Demarkus Lawrence (three years for $ 30 million), which worsens the team’s defense needs.

Edge Rasher Randy Gregory

Edge Rasher Randy GregoryTerrence Williams / Associated Press

Lawrence didn’t come close to matching the number of passes in his 2018 Pro Bowl season when he recorded 10.5 bags and 42 pressure defenders. In 2021, he underwent foot surgery, which cost him 10 games. Lawrence finished with three bags and 12 presses.

Dallas asked Lawrence for a pay cut, but he refused Calvin Watkins with Dallas Morning News. At this point, the Cowboys had to appoint him as a cut-off after June 1 to maximize his savings on his previous deal.

They could twice dive into the defensive end for the first four rounds to replace the falling pass-rocher, which is part of his season under 30. With the limited space in the friend’s office there would be a chance to prosecute veteran followers (after June 1) on smart and flexible contracts.

The Cowboys saved Dorance Armstrong and signed Dante Fowler Jr., who scored 4.5 bags and 17 pressures with the Atlanta Falcons last season. This is a patch on the post that requires extra help.

Head coach Mike McCarthy said The coaching staff will not move rookie of the year in defense 2021 Mick Parsons in defense after he led the team in bags (13) and pressure (47) last season. As a result, the Cowboys will need Lawrence to bounce back until someone appears on the opposite side to replace Gregory, who has registered six bags and 29 pressures in 2021.

The Cowboys can tweak their front seven with one or two more pass-rochers through a draft or free agency, but they have plenty of ground to make up for on the offensive side of the ball. If the team doesn’t trust Steele and McGovern in full-time starting roles, Dallas must tackle the offensive line and wide receiver at the start of the 2022 draft, reducing the error rate with potential choices in defense.

Meanwhile, in the Washington Commanders division, he improved in quarterback with Carson Wentz, and the Eagles, reaching the playoffs, added a pass-racer to Haasan Reddick, who recorded double-digit bags in two-time campaigns.

The league-leading resultant attacks of the Cowboys in the 2021 season will not look the same, and their defense requires a consistent front pass that complements Parsons. Because of these pressing issues, Dallas could lose the NFC East title and struggle to return to the playoffs in 2022.

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Maurice Motan covers the NFL for the Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter, @MoeMoton.

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