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Mailbag: Best moves Cowboys didn't make?


Everybody talks about the moves the Cowboys didn't make during free agency that they would have liked to have seen. But is there a move the Cowboys didn't make that you are glad they didn't do? Like signing a "must have" free agent or not re-signing a Cowboys player they let go? – Walt DeBell/Troy, NY

Nick Eatman: The phrase "hindsight is 20/20" doesn't really apply because the offseason isn't that far in the rearview mirror. Not easy to answer this one right now but I'll take a stab at it. What about the first round of the draft? I was one raising my hand to take Graham Barton at 24 but the Cowboys moved down to 29 and ended up with Tyler Guyton. While it took almost 24 hours to see it play out, it appears they were able to get another comparable center in Cooper Beebe in the third round and still get Guyton. Who knows? Barton might be the best center in the NFL but the two-for-one deal seems to be the better move right now.

Patrik: It's difficult to answer this question in June, months before any of the former free agents hit the field with their new teams, but I will go ahead and say I was totally fine with the Cowboys deciding to not pay Tyler Biadasz top dollar to remain starting center in Dallas. For as solid as he was, including a Pro Bowl season in 2022, he took steps backward in 2023 and there was always going to be a chance they could upgrade the position in this year's draft; and so they eventually did with the call to grab Cooper Beebe. And from the perspective of outside free agents, those who were still calling for the signing of OBJ could not possibly land a bigger side eye from me, seeing as I wasn't in on him during the courting process in his last free agency stint, so count me out in 2024 as well. That orange isn't worth the squeeze.

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