Offseason Outlook: Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys joined the NFL in 1960 when Clint Murchison Jr. hired Tex Schramm (general manager), Gil Brandt (player personnel director), and Tom Landry (head coach) to build a football team. It was just a handful of years later, in 1966, when the team went on a winning rampage and collected 20 consecutive winning seasons. The Cowboys became perennial playoff contenders and went to the Big Game five times during that period (bringing home two Lombardi Trophies in ’71 and ’77).

The team’s success blossomed again in the early ’90s under head coach Jimmy Johnson who had quite a few players who would eventually become football legends, including Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. This crew won it all in 1992, 1993, and again in 1995 under coach Barry Switzer.

The Cowboys’ results haven’t been quite as grand in recent years (three Divisional Round losses in the last decade), but the squad has plenty of youthful players and experienced veterans to give the NFC East their best this upcoming season.

The Cowboys Offseason

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The Cowboys don’t have loads and loads of cap space to play around with (they’re at $19.1 million, 22nd in the NFL). However, they have plenty of players already on the squad who have proven to make an impact in the past. Quarterback Dak Prescott, for example, enters his third year with the club after putting up more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in each of the prior seasons.

Ezekiel Elliott will again take charge of the backfield, and hopes are high he’ll rampage through defenses as he did before (remember, he got the rushing title his rookie season with 1,631 yards). Also on the offensive side, Dez Bryant has been with the Cowboys for his entire seven-season career, and while his production has been down relative to earlier years, he’s still a treasured part of the team. Veteran Jason Witten has restructured his contract, giving the team more cap space, and he’ll remain a Cowboy through 2021 as a result.

During free agency, Dallas has worked primarily on the offensive side of the ball, which could mean they’ll focus more on defense in the draft – this notion is bolstered by several offensive players they’ve recently picked up. They’ve also seen defensive players like Anthony Hitchens and Orlando Scandrick part ways to join new teams, so it’ll be fun to watch what goes down in the draft this year.

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Hangin’ With Your Boys

While the Dallas Cowboys have 20:1 odds to win it all next February 2019, there is a ton of offseason left to make some big moves and get the team gelling before the 2018 season kicks off (and don’t forget the draft). As you watch the 2018 NFL draft (which incidentally takes place at the Cowboys home field, AT&T Stadium), make sure you’re fitted out with some new authentic Cowboys goods from Fanatics.com.

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