April 1: A day for fools to be duped, two weeks till taxes are due, and most importantly, the end of the third week of NFL free agency.
For the NFC East, the NFL’s most painfully average division, free agency is time to restore fan faith. It’s a chance to draw a little attention to successful past deals via open cap space and then to dispense with it efficiently. For the Dallas Cowboys, it was destined to be a quiet period. The loss of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher and the signing of Henry Melton all went down in the first 10 days, and it’s been ho-hum ever since.
Not so much for the rest of the division. NFC East mediocrity and unpredictability do limit how much we should read into these moves as good or bad. But that’s no fun. Here are the free agency grades for the Cowboys’ divisional opponents.