Step one of the Dallas Cowboys offseason is complete. On Monday, they finally signed Dak Prescott to a 4 year, $160 million dollar deal that will pay him $75 million in year one.
Next up: Free agency.
The free agent negotiating period begins on March 15th and free agents can begin signing on the 17th.
It is hard to map out how much salary cap space the Cowboys will have since the NFL hasn’t officially announced what the salary cap will be. All we know at this point is that the floor will be $180 million. That is higher than teams were expecting.
With the draft not being until the end of April, that gives the Cowboys plenty of time to address a lot of their needs in free agency to be able to pick the best player available in the draft.
Over the past few years, the Cowboys philosophy has been to go to the very bottom of the free agent list and sign guys that no one else wants to lower priced deals and that plan has fell flat on its face. Last year they signed, HaHa Clinton Dix, Dontari Poe, Daryl Worley, Everson Griffen and Gerald McCoy. None of those guys finished the season on the roster.
That leads me to the draft and with the Cowboys picking at 10, there will be plenty of options. I have my eyes set on one particluar prospect so far…Kyle Pitts, tight end out of Florida.
I know, I know.
“The Cowboys don’t need a tight end in the first round.”
“The Cowboys need defense.”
“We have Blake Jarwin and Dalton Shultz.”
I get all of that and I agree that the Cowboys need to fix their defense. But lets face it, you aren’t fixing this defense through one draft and I don’t see picking Pitts blocking you from getting day 1 contributors on defense. With 10 picks in the 2021 draft and free agency starting soon, the Cowboys will still have plenty of resources to invest in the defense.
When you pick at 10, you can’t afford a miss and based on what I have seen on the defensive prospects, I think there is a real chance you pick the wrong guy if you pick a corner.
I don’t see that with Kyle Pitts.
Pitts is a 6-6, 246 pound matchup nightmare. As a Junior in college, he accumulated 43 catches, 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in 8 games.
Mel Kiper Jr. said in all his years of scouting players, he has never had a tight end rated this highly and calls him a combination between a receiver and tight end.
Todd McShay said Pitts is “just different than every other player that I’ve ever watched in college football. 50-50 balls are like 80-20 when you’re throwing it to Kyle Pitts.
Last year, the Cowboys couldn’t pass on Ceedee Lamb because he was the best player available and if Kyle Pitts is available at 10, he will be the best player available. Picking Pitts would send your offense into another stratosphere.
Think about it.
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