3 players the Cowboys will regret not signing in free agency
It looks like the Dallas Cowboys went 0 per 1000 signing free agents they either had an interest in or should have watched and overlooked for various bad reasons. To the dismay of Cowboys fans, Jerry and Stephen Jones continue to make head-scratching decisions for this team. Give the Joneses some credit, understandably they didn’t want to shell out giant contracts to guys like Von Miller. But there were several affordable or price-worthy players that Dallas simply couldn’t or didn’t have.
Last week, the Cowboys expressed interest in trading for WR DeVante Parker, but they lost to the New England Patriots. Instead, they “delighted” Cowboys fans by signing an undrafted deep running back with zero NFL career starts on Friday. Joy!
In this article, we’ll talk about three players the Cowboys will regret not signing in free agency. These players would have added starting-level talent to the roster had the Joneses not been blindsided by a deep dive into the bargain bin.
3 players the Cowboys shouldn’t have given up in free agency
3. Mark Glowinski, G, New York Giants
Losing guard Connor Williams (who, to be fair, wasn’t fully wanted due to penalties) should have been enough of a concern for the front office. When they also decided to consider offensive tackle La’el Collins a cut after June 1, the need to get help on the offensive line as soon as possible should have increased. Instead, the Cowboys made no attempt to get at least one veteran to help the offensive line.
If the Joneses wanted to shop in the bargain bin, then fine. They didn’t have to choose Terron Armstead or Ryan Jensen. But there were several other offensive linemen available that would satisfy the cheap budget. Mark Glowinski, who was previously with the Indianapolis Colts, is one of them.
Let’s talk price first. Williams and Collins ended up signing contracts worth more than what Glowinski received. Williams signed a two-year deal worth over $14 million and Collins signed a five-year deal worth $50 million. Glowinski went to rival NFC East New York Giants (which obviously adds insult to injury) for three years and $20 million.
The seven-year veteran is versatile and has been durable over his last three years at Indianapolis. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound guard has experience both left and right and has played in 59 games over the past four years. Of those 59 games, he started all but four. Last year, he earned an overall PFF rating of 70.1 and a block rating of 70.6.
Plus, unlike good old Williams, he only had of them penalties and only allowed two sacks on the season. The Giants have now added Glowinski and Jon Feliciano to the offensive line while the Cowboys haven’t added… anyone.
At just 29, Glowinski would have brought four years of experience with one of football’s best offensive lines. Dallas could have gotten all of this affordably (by most people’s standards).