After 11-game winning streak and a 13-3 record in 2016 season no one expected Cowboys (9-7) will miss the playoffs this season.
Last season Offensive Rookie of the Year wasn’t the same without 2016 NFL rushing leader who missed 6 games as the NFL had suspended him for being accused of domestic violence. The struggles continue even after Zeke’s return for the final couple of games.
Those struggles led to a ton of questions about this team and coaching staff, but it looks as though the changes to the staff will be minimal.
That means improvement will have to come in the form of players performing at a higher level. In an attempt to do that, Dallas may finally have to look at free agency. If they do, here are some potential targets who could fill a role in 2018 for them.
Jimmy Graham (Tight End)
Graham is a free agent and how nice would it be for the Cowboys to add a 6-7 target who is coming off what may be his worst season — but still had 10 touchdown grabs in that year.
Graham may be 31-years old now, but he still has the wheels and has proven to be a threat when used correctly. Maybe Jason Witten is untouchable and heart of this Cowboys team but Graham would be a huge plus for Prescott as a security blanket over the middle of the field.
Kony Ealy (Defensive End)
The Patriots waive former 2nd round Carolina Panthers pick near the end of the preseason. The Jets claim him even a few teams wanted Ealy — including the Dallas Cowboys.
With the Jets he finished with just 14 tackles, one sack and one interception. Dallas would be wise to again kick the tires and give Ealy a chance to move back into a four-man line where he can line up with his hand in the ground where he looked more comfortable.
He wouldn’t be a starter in Dallas — provided of course that Demarcus Lawrence returns — but he could provide a solid rotational piece who can even slide inside on third downs given his 270-pound frame.
Allen Robinson (Wide Receiver)
This move only happens if Dallas decides to part ways with Dez Bryant, who has been nothing short of disappointing since singing his five-year, $70 million contract just before the 2015 season.
That money seems like it would be better spent on a receiver five-years younger like Robinson, who could be on the market after missing all but one game in the 2017 season with a torn ACL.
The Jags could let him walk away as they’ve made a playoff run without him, and could decide to use the money elsewhere.
For Dallas, it’s a gamble worth taking as Robinson (won’t turn 25 until August) hit 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns with Jacksonville in 2016 season.