The Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL are now in off-season mode after the New England Patriots and Tom Brady won their 6th Super Bowl. Teams are preparing for the draft and outlining what they plan to do in free agency. While it is not expected for the Cowboys to be active in free agency, they could be busy when it comes to re-signing and extending their own. Today, we are going to take a look at a few of the Cowboys key free agents and see if the Cowboys should keep them or let them go.
Demarcus Lawrence – KEEP
Demarcus Lawrence embraced playing on the franchise tag in 2018 where he made $17.143 million. He embraced the tag and looked at it as a way to break the bank this off-season if he went out and earned it. He finished the 2018 season with his second consecutive season with over 10 sacks. While the official number for the 2019 tag has not been made official, it would be over the number he made this past season. So far, this off-season he has hinted that it would not be the same if he were to be franchised again. To sign Lawrence to a long term deal, the number is going to have to be somewhere between Khalil Mack ($23,500 per season) and Von Miller. ($19,083 million)
Cole Beasley – GO
Cole Beasley has been very productive and a safety blanket most of his time here in Dallas. After a career high in catches, yards and touchdowns in 2016, he has seen his production slip the last couple of seasons as the defenses have locked in on him more and he has made it known that he wants more opportunities. This off-season is when the Cowboys should say goodbye to Beasley in attempt to make the offense more explosive in the passing game.
Tavon Austin – GO
There was some excitement after the Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin last off-season. Things did not quite materialize as Austin spent most of the season injured. Austin will turn 28 in March and has never lived up his potential in the NFL. For that reason, it would be wise for the Cowboys to let him walk and bring in a younger player to fill his role.
Geoff Swaim – GO
Tight end was a sore spot for the Cowboys in 2018. The combination of Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Rico Gathers left a lot to be desired for the majority of the season. With the Cowboys expected to target a tight end in the draft and Schultz and Jarwin under contract for 2019, it is likely that Swaim is not back with the Cowboys.
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