Cowboys Face Free Agent Decisions After Playoff Loss

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The Dallas Cowboys lost to the LA Rams on Saturday, ending the season for Dallas in the Divisional Round in NFC playoffs. The Cowboys finish the season 11-7, but will have many questions to answer this offseason, with most of them concerning free agency.

Demarcus Lawrence will be the biggest concern for Dallas in the Summer, with the pass rusher looking to test the free agency market. Lawrence is one of the league's most effective 4-3 pass rushers, racking up 24.5 sacks in the last two seasons for Dallas. Lawrence is only 27, and a pass rusher of his caliber will be offered huge contracts by multiple teams, with the Browns, Raiders, and Vikings all rumored to be interested.

Despite being rumored with free agent departures, it is likely that Dallas will be actively pursuing big name players themselves, with the wide receiver position being an area that needs improvement. The Cowboys added Amari Cooper midseason from the Oakland Raiders, and Cooper has produced since arriving in Dallas. Cooper caught 53 passes for 725 yards and 6 touchdowns in just 9 games with the Cowboys. Cooper has proven that he can be the go-to guy in Dallas, but slot receivers Cole Beasley and Tavon Austin are set to become a free agents, leaving more holes to be filled. Randall Cobb and John Brown are on top of the Cowboys shortlist of wide receivers that they are looking into this free agency.    

The offense won’t be the only side of the ball that is looking to improve, with Earl Thomas rumored to be high on the Dallas wishlist in the offseason as well. Thomas was a trade target of the Cowboys during the season last year, but the deal was unable to come to fruition, with Thomas going down with a season ending leg injury. Nonetheless, Thomas played his college ball at Texas, and the player has made it clear that he would love an opportunity to play for Dallas. Thomas knows that Dallas has been interested, and it seems that Earl Thomas will be playing in the Dallas secondary next season.

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