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3 Players the Cowboys Must Avoid in Free Agency

By michael obermuller
The Dallas Cowboys need to avoid these three free agents this offseason.
The Dallas Cowboys need to avoid these three free agents this offseason. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

For head coach Mike McCarthy, year one with the Dallas Cowboys was a complete and absolute failure. The silver lining is that the NFC East is perhaps still the most up-for-grabs division in the entire NFL, and the Cowboys will have franchise QB Dak Prescott back under center.

Jerry Jones and the Cowboys will have to shake off the injury-ridden 2020 campaign and regroup this offseason, and to do this they cannot let the past dictate their future. The free agent market is full of talent, but it is important to sign the right players, not just the ones that make headlines.

With that said, here are three free agents that Dallas should avoid signing this offseason.

3. Sean Lee, LB

Sean Lee
Re-signing Sean Lee doesn't make a lot of sense for the Cowboys. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Sean Lee has done the Cowboys a great service over his career, with 11 strong seasons in Dallas, but it's time to get younger on the defensive side. Whether via the draft or free agency, the team should move on from Lee, who only started two games in 2020. They can easily upgrade on the verteran's production at linebacker, and it shouldn't cost too much to do so.

2. Gerald McCoy, DT

Gerald McCoy
The Cowboys should not attempt to bring back Gerald McCoy after two poor seasons in a row. / Quinn Harris/Getty Images

There is a rumor that Dallas might roll the dice on Gerald McCoy again in 2021, after the former All-Pro defensive tackle missed the entire 2020 season with an injury suffered in training camp. This would be a terrible idea, especially when younger players like Larry Ogunjobi and Dalvin Tomlinson are available. Even if you want to stick with a veteran, someone like Ndamukong Suh is probably the safer choice than McCoy, who is now 33 coming off a torn quad.

1. Keanu Neal, SS

Keanu Neal
Dallas should avoid signing an injury risk like Keanu Neal. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The main position that the Cowboys need is probably a safety, but Dallas must make sure they sign the correct player here. They need someone consistent and reliable, and Keanu Neal is not that. The former 2016 first-round pick played 15 games in 2020, but only four from 2018-19. With the amount of injury woes that the Cowboys have had in recent years, they should not spend a chunk of their cap on another injury risk like Neal. A veteran like Kenny Vaccaro or Jaquiski Tartt may not be as flashy, but it may be a more lucrative signing in the end.

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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.