3 Offseason Moves the Cowboys Will Regret

Three offseason moves that the Dallas Cowboys will regret.
Three offseason moves that the Dallas Cowboys will regret. / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are constantly under pressure to succeed every year, but find new ways to come up short. Many eyes will be on them in the 2022 NFL season to see if they can finally make some postseason noise, which is why they've spent the offseason improving their roster.

Some of the Cowboys' moves are already looking good on paper, while others have left something to be desired. In fact, Dallas could end up regretting some of their offseason moves a lot sooner than some think.

Here are three offseason moves that the Cowboys will regret.

Dallas Cowboys Offseason

1. Trading Amari Cooper to Cleveland

The Cowboys freed up a lot of cap space this offseason by trading stud wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns for a fifth-round pick. Although Dak Prescott still has CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup and rookie Jalen Tolbert in the WR room, the veteran gunslinger was 28-16 with Cooper in the lineup compared to 3-6 without him since 2018. Cooper can be boom or bust at times, but his production will be tough to replicate after recording over 3,800 yards in 56 games with the Cowboys. Dallas should still be explosive on offense, but they're far worse off without Cooper.

2. Not Trading Up in the 2022 NFL Draft

Many people expected the Cowboys to target a wideout or defensive help with the 24th overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft. Instead, they drafted former Tulsa offensive tackle Tyler Smith. It's frustrating to know that cornerbacks Trent McDuffie and Kaiir Elam were taken within three picks ahead of Smith, while WR Treylon Burks was still on the board at No. 19 before the Tennessee Titans took him. It's not to say that Smith won't be a valuable player one day, but Dallas clearly ignored a need that should've been addressed if they truly hope to be among the upper echelon in the NFL.

3. Franchise Tagging Dalton Schultz

The Cowboys franchise-tagged tight end Dalton Schultz this offseason after he recorded 78 catches, 808 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Having said that, $10.9 million for Schultz is an absolute overpay. He's a solid TE, but he also benefited from opposing defenses focusing on Cooper, Lamb and Gallup. Now Cooper's gone and Gallup is recovering from a torn ACL, meaning the opposition will likely focus more on Schultz now. The Cowboys should have worked on paying the 25-year-old less because some extra money could've been used to flesh out other positions or even retain a free agent that got away, like Randy Gregory. Either way, the Cowboys could come to regret this move unless Schultz continues to improve.

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