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Roster holes filled, Cowboys can set up a pure draft board

NFL free agency is not over because, as Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones likes to say, player acquisition is a 365-day-a-year proposition.

But it certainly does slow down, especially with the draft approaching in a month.
If the Cowboys acquire Quinn, they will have used free agency the way they have intended: by filling holes in an efficient manner without using major salary-cap resources to get it done.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

The Cowboys have signed Randall Cobb, Christian Covington, Kerry Hyder and George Iloka to free-agent deals and retained Jamize Olawale, Cameron Fleming, Tavon Austin and L.P. Ladouceur while chewing up roughly $14 million in cap room.

Not only that, they have shored up the roster so they can go into the NFL draft not having to reach for a position.

Cobb is the biggest signing, but the cost was just a one-year, $5 million deal. Cobb can help replace the production lost by Cole Beasley’s departure in free agency to the Buffalo Bills. The Cowboys also re-signed Austin on a one-year deal, and his versatility can help the offense, too.2

The Cowboys signed defensive linemen Covington and Hyder to one-year deals. Maliek Collins is set to be a free agent, as well. Randy Gregory could be a restricted free agent, depending on when (or if) he is reinstated from his indefinite suspension.

Without a long-term deal with DeMarcus Lawrence, who has been given the franchise tag the past two years, will be in his final year with the Cowboys. A third year on the franchise tag would cost the Cowboys the quarterback number, which is nearly $25 million this year.

That’s not going to happen.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

This is considered an especially deep draft along the defensive line. Without a first-round pick because of the Cooper trade, the Cowboys will need to replenish the defensive front for the future, if not necessarily 2019.

“You can never have enough defensive line depth,” Jones said at the scouting combine.

The draft is also deep at tight ends, although T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant and Irv Smith Jr. should all be gone by pick No. 58. The Cowboys welcomed back Jason Witten from retirement and have Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers remaining from last season. They lost Geoff Swaim to the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency.