It is kind of, like that honey do list all of us who have a significant other deals with on a weekly basis. Seriously, below are the moves and decisions I hope this franchise makes to give the team the best chance at moving past round one of the playoffs.
1. Restructure Amari Cooper to provide a 12 million dollar cap savings and allow us to keep our best receiver with the team and likely the remainder of his contract which expires in 2024. If not they better look into a trade to gain a premium pick to draft and groom a replacement as CeeDee Lamb would be the only wide receiver of experience under contract.
2. Release DeMarcus Lawrence. Although in a world with a cap, it would be great to have him but the defense showed it could thrive without him especially at the cap hit it would cost.
3. Let Dalton Schultz walk. He is the tight end version of Laurent Robinson (some Cowboys fans might not remember) but unless Schultz asking price is about 7 million, there is no way he warrants a return. Dalton benefited from playing with a great wide receiver trio and duplicating those numbers elsewhere is not likely.
4. Let Leighton Vander Esch walk. Nice player, good person but cannot stay healthy and is not an ideal player for this scheme. Might look better in Pittsburgh, Cleveland or Cincinnati.
5. Let Connor Williams walk. No real argument here. He needs a fresh start and Dallas need to create a real chance for a running game
6. Let Michael Gallup explore free agency. Handle it as the Ravens do ask him to get your offer last to see how many teams want to load up on a person who suffered two serious injuries last season.
7. Replace Dalton Schultz with one of the following players: Davin Njoku, O.J. Howard, Hayden Hurst or Evan Engram. All three have the physical skills to shine in a pass first offense.
8. Release, extend or trade Anthony Brown. Nice player but need cap relief from this deal as they look to save money moving Brown makes sense with Kelvin Joseph showing some nice plays during his limited time on the field after recovering from injury.
9. Release Blake Jarwin and save 5 million. Nice player but a cap savings works out better than what he brings to the table. Teams seems ready to let Sean McKeon contend for the second tight end (at a much cheaper price).
10. Expect to lose Cedrick Wilson. He proved to be a great fourth receiver but did not capitalize on his catches when he ever moved up the depth chart.
11. Sign Adam Humphries to a nice two-year deal as your third receiver. Humphries would bring steady hands, return ability and that Cole Beasley moving the chains type of catches back to the team.
12. Sign James Daniels C/G from the Chicago Bears. Daniels can play both guard and center at a starter level and allows flexibility come draft day.
13. Resign Randy Gregory, Jayron Kearse, Keanu Neal, Brent Urban, Bryan Anger, Jake McQuaide, Dorance Armstrong and Malik Hooker. Obviously letting Lawrence leaves makes Gregory that much more a priority. Gregory and Kearse feel to be the only must resigns the rest of the guys should be brought back on mutual friendly deals with the idea that guys from the last few draft classes (Odighizuwa, Cox, Joseph, Wright, Fehoko, Ball, Farnick and Gholston). They will need to lean on some of the players who had redshirt years last season to step up and take over starting spots. Similiar to in college when underclassmen replace departing seniors and junirs.
14. Some free agents to consider signing should include (Will Hernandez OG NY Giants, Tre’quan Smith WR New Orleans, Harrison Phillips DT Buffalo)
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