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Cowboys tried to make free-agent splash but can get better with ripples, too

From ESPN - March 16, 2018

FRISCO, Texas -- That it happens every year shouldnt be a surprise, but somehow it still does.

Free agency is two days old and the Dallas Cowboys have done nothing.

NOTHING!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS? JERRY JONES JUST DOESNT CARE ANYMORE!!! ALL HE CARES ABOUT IS HIS MONEY!!! IM NEVER GOING TO WATCH ANOTHER GAME!!! I CANT BELIEVE HE FIRED TOM LANDRY!!!!

Except its not really nothing. DeMarcus Lawrence was retained on the franchise tag at a cost of $17.143 million. David Irving was given the second-round tender as a restricted free agent. There is the tiniest of chances the Cowboys top two defensive linemen wont be on the team in 2018.

But that doesnt count to a lot of fans. The Cowboys already had Lawrence and Irving, and they were only so good that Dallas finished 9-7 in 2017. Well, would the Cowboys be better in 2018 without them?

Just about everybody wants splashes. The kind of splash a 350-pound offensive lineman would make from the high diving board.

The Cowboys tried to make that splash as the market opened. They were deep into the fray with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who took a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Their offer wasnt far off, but Watkins opted for Kansas City.

Had the Cowboys landed Watkins, the reaction would have been outrageous.

JERRYS A GENIUS!! HES ALL-IN!! ITS SUPER BOWL OR BUST!! NOW THIS IS DAK-FRIENDLY!! HOW 'BOUT THEM COWBOYS?

And maybe then everybody would have noticed Watkins has one 1,000-yard season in his career and he caught just 39 passes for the Los Angeles Rams last season.

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