The Dallas Cowboys endured another painful end to the 2021 NFL season. While all year they looked like a real force, when it came to the knockout stages, they faltered.
However, there are still positives to the season as their attack runs through and Dak Prescott seems unhindered by injury last season. Hiring Dan Quinn has greatly improved the defence, which is important in making the team more competitive.
Now that the season is over, the Dallas Cowboys seek free and draft agency to further improve their team to try to make it to Super Bowl LVII. While the defense has improved quite a bit over the past year, there is still room for improvement. Here are three ranked freelance agents in no particular order that the Dallas Cowboys can look to bring in a win.
#1: Stephon Gilmore, Winger
While the Dallas Cowboys’ defense improved dramatically from 2020 to 2021, there’s still room for further improvement. While the Cowboys know how to take the ball away from opponents’ fouls, they concede a lot of yards and fail to finish the fouls.
That’s where Stephon Gilmore comes in. Bringing in the best defensive player of 2018 will give Dallas the ability to limit half the field as well as threaten the rotation. Trevon Diggs is excellent at sending the ball far away, but he shoots too far away. That’s not going to happen to Gilmore and he’s more than capable of tracking the team’s number one receiver across the field.
#2: Chandler Jones, Edge
The Los Angeles Rams proved that there really is no such thing as too many downhill people. The combination of Aaron Donald and Von Miller proved important in Super Bowl LVI. If the Dallas Cowboys can bring in Chandler Jones, he will be in line with Demarcus Lawerence and Randy Gregory.
While five of Chandler Jones’ 10.5 bags appeared in the first game of the season, he still showed himself to possess a superb passing ability. While the Cowboys certainly don’t have to struggle with quick passers, the addition of another elite full-back will make their side job easier. If they get both Jones and Gilmore this spring, the Cowboys could become a real force in 2022.
#3: Russell Gage, Wide Receiver
Russell Gage had to get promoted this year for the Falcons. With Julio Jones leaving for the Titans and Calvin Ridley dealing with injury issues, Russell Gage is their main man. He certainly has come a long way, bringing in 66 catches from 770 yards and four touchdowns. He’s not the team’s number one pick and he won’t be in Dallas but he will produce after Amari Cooper.
This pick depends a lot on what the Cowboys do with Cedrick Wilson and Michael Gallup. While Gallup has stated his intention to stay in Dallas, the same cannot be said of Wilson. Russell Gage will be a solid #3 receiver and will also be relatively cheap but it’s likely the Falcons will want to keep Gage in Atlanta.
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