Dallas Cowboys: Top 3 Free Agents To Target This Offseason
Now that Jerry Jones himself has stated the obvious, it looks like it might be an interesting offseason in Dallas after all.
While the media has been discussing it for months, the owner and general manager of the Cowboys said he knows it will be difficult to sign both wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back DeMarco Murray to long-term deals if the team wants to remain active in free agency and add building blocks to the 12-4 team from this past season – a season in which the team made the playoffs and won the NFC East.
"It's going to be a challenge," Jones said. "Is it financially reasonable? No. Is it possible? Yes.
"But if you just looked at it from dollars and cents, it probably doesn't look reasonable. You have to figure out how you get there, but at the end of the day you realize it's going to be costly to have both of those players."
For now, Bryant seems to be the higher priority. He led the NFL with 16 touchdowns and had more than 1,200 yards receiving for the second consecutive season.
Teams across the lead are lining up, salivating to see if the ‘Boys really do let one of the studs on offense walk.
If the Cowboys can't reach a long-term agreement with Bryant, Jones has said they will use the franchise tag on him, which will pay the receiver about $12.5 million in 2015.
Murray's deal is trickier because he carried the ball a league-leading 392 times. History says running backs who carry the ball that much decline quickly. Jones doesn't want to get stuck with a declining player who has a huge salary.
Jones said he's not interested in restructuring a contract like quarterback Tony Romo's deal, which will count nearly $27 million for a luxury item. He would do that only for a player he thinks would put the Cowboys into the Super Bowl.
"In general, loading up on one player in an area that just requires good, solid consistency might not be the way to go," he said.
The Cowboys look to still be a major player in free agency. There are still other team free agents the team must concentrate on (Doug Free at right tackle) and should be in the market to bolster a defense that had injuries, but was much better in 2014. Here are three free agents the team should concentrate on this off season.