The Cowboys are clear Super Bowl contenders in 2016, but don’t expect them to be in the running for the “offseason Super Bowl” award by being a player in free agency.
No team in the NFL has more invested in the top of their roster than the Cowboys, and no team pushed more money off from 2016 to try to compete. There is little to be gained by releasing players outside of Tony Romo, whose release would free up $5.1 million, so restructures will be the name of the game.
Restructuring Tyron Smith has become an annual event, and expect Travis Frederick to join that party this year. Extending Jason Witten would also help their cap situation and should be considered. Those moves should give Dallas a chance to consider re-signing Terrance Williams, Terrell McClain, Barry Church and Brandon Carr, all scheduled for free agency this offseason.
Pro: The Browns traded the No. 2 pick to Philadelphia last year, traded the No. 4 pick to Buffalo in 2014 and traded the No. 6 pick to Atlanta in 2011. Cleveland also has that No. 12 pick, so this is another opportunity to stock-pile talent.
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Con: It’s always a good idea to have more draft picks, but in those three instances, the Browns have become more recognized for the player that was drafted in that spot, whether it was Carson Wentz (2016), Sammy Watkins (2014) or Julio Jones (2011). That would be amplified if the No. 1 pick the Browns let get away becomes a star.
Elite Youth Washington Redskins Jersey Pro: Trubisky waited his turn at North Carolina, and he finished with 30 TDs and just six interceptions. Trubisky played his high school ball in Mentor, Ohio, and is a life-long Browns fan. He wants to go to Cleveland, and that’s going to evoke comparisons to Bernie Kosar. Is Trubisky the Browns’ quarterback savior?