The NFL world truly never sleeps, and this year’s free agency period is serving as a reminder.

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots wasted no time to upgrade their roster. The Patriots added tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, forming a really good duo for Cam Newton and company. New England also inked wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.

Kansas City added offensive guard Joe Thuney to help protect Patrick Mahomes. Top pass rushers have flown off of the board. The wide receiver market hasn’t seen much action, as teams debate spending money versus adding a pass catcher through the draft.

One team that is making some solid additions in free agency shares the division with the Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Football Team will be defending their NFC East crown in 2021, and it appears that the team is not going to sit back and allow other teams to get better.


William Jackson III
Nov 15, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool (11) is defended by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson (22) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 36-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The major move of the offseason was the Dallas Cowboys re-signing Dak Prescott. It made Prescott a very rich man, while it also gave the Cowboys security at the most important position in sports. Dallas has the best quarterback in the division by a longshot.

Washington, however, is hoping that the moves that they are making this offseason will help offset some of the difference. The Football Team inked veteran journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick is known for his gunslinging style of play and gives Washington’s offense much more upside than either Kyle Allen or Taylor Heinicke.

The flip side, Fitzpatrick’s aggressive nature often puts his teams in unfavorable situations. He has thrown double-digit interceptions five times since the 2015 season. Fitzpatrick likely gives the Washington offense a higher ceiling, but the floor lowers as well. That might be a risk worth taking for the Football Team, as they know they will have to score points to beat the Cowboys.

Furthermore, Washington went out and added one of the top available cornerbacks on the market: William Jackson III. Jackson III, a Houston product, developed into a formidable defensive back with the Cincinnati Bengals. Pro Football Focus ranked him as the 16th best player on the 2021 free agent market.

Dallas, of course, possesses one of the elite wide receiver corps in all of football. You would be hard-pressed to find a better trio than Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb. Signing Jackson III gives Washington another corner to throw at the Cowboys in hopes of slowing down a high-powered passing attack.

Jackson will form a solid trio at corner alongside Kendall Fuller and Jimmy Moreland. That, along with the star-studded defensive line that the Football Team has, should create more resistance against the Cowboys offense.

Additionally, Washington is looking to add an offensive playmaker this offseason, be it through free agency and/or the draft. Kenny Golladay will likely command a price tag that is too expensive for Washington, but Curtis Samuel or Will Fuller could find themselves in the Burgundy and Gold. That would give Washington another solid option alongside Terry McLaurin and Antonio Gibson.

All in all, the Dallas Cowboys are certainly the team to beat in the NFC East. Washington arguably has the best overall roster in the division, but the Cowboys are far superior at quarterback and wide receiver. The Football Team is doing its best to counter Dallas and compete for the division title in 2021.

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