Dane Brugler, senior NFL draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, answered your questions about the upcoming draft and the Cowboys in a mailbag. Check out his responses below!
Which team has had the most impressive offseason so far?
Brugler: The Browns will be the most active team this offseason and that has already started with numerous trades, adding a veteran bridge quarterback (Tyrod Taylor), a starting caliber CB (Damarious Randall) and a talented receiver (Jarvis Landry). They still have $80 million in cap room and four picks in the top-35 of the draft, including No. 1 and No. 4. So the fun is just beginning in Cleveland.
The Rams also needed mentioned with what they did in the secondary, adding Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.
Have the Cowboys had the worst offseason of any NFC East team so far?
Brugler: That’s like the Cowboys starting 2-2 next season while the Eagles and Giants started 3-1 and saying the Cowboys had the worst start of the season in the division. Technically true, but it means nothing. The Cowboys haven’t been active up to this point, but I have no problem with that. They kept their best defensive lineman on the roster with the franchise tag and have discussed locking up the best guard in football. We’ll see what moves they make in free agency and the draft – that’s what will determine who “wins” the offseason and ultimately in the fall.
A lot of teams have made trades recently with later round picks as returns for established players. Does Dallas value those 5th-later round picks that much to not use them in trades?
Brugler: You get what you pay for. This is true in all walks of life, including the NFL. There’s a reason these players have been available for later picks, mostly the salary and cap-related hits that are attached. Some teams are in a position to make that work, but I don’t think the Cowboys are one of them. I get some fans are frustrated by the rest of the division making moves, but the Cowboys aren’t wrong with what they are doing. It’s not a situation where they are reluctant to trade day 3 picks, they are reluctant to add salary and older players when they need to re-sign players on the current roster and plug specific holes.
Will Richard Sherman be worth the money eventually spent on his next contract?
Brugler: The 49ers gave Sherman a hefty contract on the surface, but the devil is in the details. There are plenty of incentives in the deal based on performance (playing time, Pro Bowls, etc.), which is important for a 30-year old cornerback coming off a torn Achilles injury. For a team with excess cap room, it makes sense. If Sherman reaches those incentives, it should mean positive things in the W-L columns for San Francisco.