Cowboys News: Aikman speaks, rivals making necessary changes, free agency targets

The Cowboys’ division rivals are starting to take action, altering their coaching staffs and thereby philosophies and schemes. Hires within the division will challenge the Dallas coaching staff, will they force America’s Team to shift their strategy?

The first Mel Kiper mock draft of the season is finally upon us. His picks for the NFC East may be an indication that fireworks are in store for next season. Often forgotten, primarily because of Dallas’ normal plan of inaction, free agency comes first. Will any of the free-agent runners in this class be on the Cowboys roster?

A former Cowboys quarterback sends multiple messages to the Dallas front office, but will they listen? The impact, or lack thereof, of the 2023 rookie class is in stark contrast to the success of another NFC team which made the championship game. All that and more in this edition of Cowboys News and Notes.

10 best free-agent RB options for the Cowboys in 2024 :: Cowboys WIre


With very little cap space going into the running back room, the Cowboys will likely add a stable of options in 2024. Getting a peek at who the available players could be of interest will be widely debated. No matter the player, traditional team building has often paired a rookie runner with a veteran presence. Which guy do you prefer?

Blueprint creator in Philadelphia? :: Adam Schefter

Here's how free agency could impact each position for the 2024 Cowboys :: Cowboys Wire


Implications of a free agent acquisition can have both negative and positive effects on a roster. Before thinking of a name you believe would make a difference in Dallas, understanding what you have may be worthwhile before making assumptions. Where would the limited cap dollars be wisely spent?

Troy Aikman ‘pretty shocked’ at how Cowboys’ season ended: ‘I really liked this team’ :: The Athletic


Former Cowboys and Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman revealed his true emotions about how abruptly things ended for Dallas. Criticism from the former player is hardly new. His thoughts about current Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott may surprise you but are they in line with what fans are asking for?

ESPN's Mel Kiper ships Cowboys OL as NFC East goes all offense in mock draft :: Cowboys Wire


Hope builds when the prospect of adding another player capable of contributing in Dallas becomes available. While free agency has been more window shopping than a spending spree, the draft has been the only real source of talent acquisition. Who do the experts think will be available to Dallas with the 24th pick and the rest of the NFC East?

NFL Draft Blog | 2024 :: Home Station


With only four fan bases left standing, the majority of the league is already underway with their draft preparations. Dallas is no exception but before the names start flying, understanding what the final tally of selections could end up looking like. Will it be enough to allow for some breathing room in the War room? The projected compensation picks could almost give Dallas a full hand.

5 most cost-effective players on Cowboys 2024 roster :: Blogging the Boys


The Cowboys have a ton of decisions to make this offseason when it comes to financials. However they are starting at a handful of starters who are going to be paid below market value. That list is headlined by WR CeeDee Lamb and CB Daron Bland, but also includes left guard Tyler Smith, TE Jake Ferguson and even starting LB Damone Clark.

Crazy Lions stat makes Cowboys awful 2023 draft look even worse :: The Landry Hat


ESPN ranked the Cowboys 2023 draft class the worst throughout the entire league. While that ranking hurts, an NFC team, that is still playing, is showing everyone what a handful of rookies could do to reinvigorate a City. What team and players have presumably leapfrogged the Cowboys in young talent and can they improve enough for 2024?

Does Troy Aikman think Jerry Jones-led distractions are holding the Dallas Cowboys back? :: Fort Worth Star Telegram


Troy Aikman believes Dak Prescott can bring a championship to Dallas. praising a player and criticizing how things are done in Dallas can both be true. See what the Hall of Fame quarterback is talking about when he says distractions.

Boomer Esiason Says Commanders Next Head Coach Is a ‘Lock’ :: Heavy


The Cowboys were able to stymie Detroit’s offense for much of their Week 17 victory, but what Ben Johnson has done with Jared Goff over the last two seasons has been amazing. It appears some think the marriage to try and transform Washington is already arranged.

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