The Dallas Cowboys have yet to make a splash in free agency. It seems unlikely that changes, given how the Cowboys typically operate in free agency.
Dallas did make some notable moves on Wednesday, though.
First, the move to release veteran punter Chris Jones was made. Cutting Jones saves the Cowboys $2 million this offseason. His performance has dropped over recent years, so the move is not very surprising.
Then, the Cowboys opted to re-sign one of their many defensive backs that are up for free agency. Dallas watched Chidobe Awuzie sign with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the week. Wednesday, the team reached a deal with fellow 2017 draft class member Jourdan Lewis.
LEWIS SIGNS THREE-YEAR DEAL WITH COWBOYS
Lewis and the Cowboys have reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The deal will pay Lewis $5.5 million per season with $8 million in guaranteed money, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
CB Jourdan Lewis is returning to the Dallas Cowboys on a 3-year deal worth a max of $16.5 million, including $8M guaranteed, per his agent @VIPSports_Mgt.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2021
The contract is basically a one-year deal with ways that Dallas can get out of it without much harm. That gives the Cowboys a little bit of security heading into the upcoming draft, but it does not lock the team into much of a financial burden.
Dallas drafted Lewis out of Michigan with the 92nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. That class also included the aforementioned Awuzie and safety Xavier Woods, who is also up for free agency. The trio played many significant snaps in the Cowboys secondary over the last four seasons.
The Cowboys re-signed cornerback and special teams specialist C.J. Goodwin earlier in free agency.
We are still waiting to see whether or not the Cowboys go out and add a notable outside free agent to its defense. Keanu Neal, Patrick Peterson, K.J. Wright, and Richard Sherman are a handful of free agents that have been linked to the Cowboys this offseason.
Jourdan Lewis has flashed at times with the Cowboys, and Dallas must feel like he has earned a second contract with the franchise. Perhaps Dan Quinn feels like Lewis is a good scheme fit in his defense.
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