We’re a week into what is official free agency in the National Football League and to date the Dallas Cowboys have focused on retaining their own players over anything else.
Dallas brought back 11 players, the latest of which was Pro Bowl punter Bryan Anger, and signed two starters in James Washington and Dante Fowler. Obviously, the intensity of things as far as the free market is starting to fade, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see some moves in confidence from the brains of the team between now and the draft.
There’s always the potential for Dallas to bring in new faces, but also for them to continue signing some of their own. The latter happened on Wednesday when it was reported by Professional Football Network’s Aaron Wilson the Cowboys bring back defensive lineman Carlos Watkins. the Dallas Morning News added that it is a one year contract.
Dallas signed Watkins to a one-year deal in 2021 and he’s been playing well, contributing inside a defensive line that has had great success together. It certainly makes sense to bring it back low and we’ll see what the final price is eventually, but it shouldn’t be too high.
Watkins is the second defensive lineman Dallas has brought into free agency so far (not including DeMarcus Lawrence, though he signed a “new contract”), the other being Dorance Armstrong. Brent Urban is still waiting in the wind, so maybe Dallas could bring him back as well.