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Dallas Cowboys 2024 Offseason

It’s been an underwhelming start to the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys to say the very least. I want to go from the beginning of it all (post-WC loss) to right now (Day 6 of NFL Free Agency). 

Let’s travel back to January 15th, the day after the 48-32 blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers at home in the Wild Card Round of the 24 NFL Playoffs. Dallas got dominated from start to finish, despite it ultimately only being a 2-score deficit. After the game, I don’t believe ONE Cowboy fan, or even NFL fan, wanted Mike McCarthy to remain as HC of the Dallas Cowboys. Everybody wanted Dallas to hire someone like Bill Belichick, or maybe Mike Vrabel, possibly Jim Harbaugh. But that’s when we forgot that Jerry Jones runs our organization, and shockingly, Jerry opted for Mike to return as HC. 

After the HC rumors slowed down, eyes were then shifted to DC Dan Quinn, who had himself a horrific performance in the Wild Card, giving up 41 defensive points to the youngest team in the league. Quinn was also then not liked by Dallas fans, and after rumors that he would be staying in Big D also, he ultimately took the final HC position in Washington. Dallas ultimately brought in former Minnesota Vikings HC Mike Zimmer as their new DC. 

Coaching aside, and focus shifted on players. A report came out early before free agency (March 11th) that superstar free agent LT Tyron Smith was unlikely to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys. Although nothing was official, Cowboy fans were devastated, as they should’ve been. Although he’s dealt with injuries his whole career, Smith has been a CRUCIAL piece to that Dallas OL for the past decade. 

Free agency begins on Monday, and Dallas fans are making their wishlists for free agency, maybe Derrick Henry, maybe Patrick Queen, maybe Saquon Barkley. But yet again, the fans forgot who’s running the team: Jerry and Stephen Jones. So Day 1, Dallas loses starting RB Tony Pollard, starting C Tyler Biadasz, and DE Dorance Armstrong. Of course us fans are already freaking out, because we knew it would be ANOTHER offseason of silence, but this time, it’s even more frustrating, because before free agency, Jerry Jones said that Dallas would be going “all in” in the 2024 offseason, and us stupid fans fell for it, and he’s laughing in our faces now.

Finally on Day 3, the Dallas Cowboys are on the board with their first free agent signing, in poaching veteran LB Eric Kendricks from the San Francisco 49ers. A much needed upgrade, because a couple days later, LB Leighton Vander Esch gets released off a failed physical. So Dallas has one signing to reunite the LB with Mike Zimmer, his former HC in MIN. 

But it’s then back to crickets. No other free agent additions since Kendricks’ signing, 2 releases (Michael Gallup and Leighton Vander Esch), and no rumors or reports of anything expected to happen. Still crickets from the Dallas Cowboys, and it’s quite frustrating.