The Dallas Cowboys continue to make moves early in the offseason, signing many players to the roster on Tuesday.
Among the signings were veteran offensive lineman Chuma Edoga and veteran running back Ronald Jones.
Edoga has spent his career with the New York Jets and the Atlanta Falcons, starting 13 games. He only played in two games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Dallas signs him to help provide depth along the offensive line as someone who can play both guard and tackle.
Jones is a two-time Super Bowl champion who began his career in Tampa Bay and moved to Kansas City after Leonard Fournette supplanted him. His role has been diminishing in recent years, but Jones is a player who can help fill the backup running back position after Ezekiel Elliott’s release.
Both Edoga and Jones get one-year deals a day after visiting the team, while linebacker Travin Howard, who also visited the Cowboys Monday, remains unsigned.
Dallas also re-signed running back Rico Dowdle after a couple of injury-plagued seasons. Dowdle joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina in 2020.
Defensive end Dante Fowler is also back after collecting six sacks as a rotational player in 2022.
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch and safety Donovan Wilson also signed deals to return last week.
The team also upgraded its receiving corps by trading for wide receiver Brandin Cooks over the weekend.
Dallas sent a 2023 fifth-round draft pick and a 2024 sixth-round draft pick to the Houston Texans for the ninth-year speedster with six seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards.
Free agents have also been leaving Dallas; tight end Dalton Schultz is the latest. Schultz signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans on Monday after spending the first five years of his career with the Cowboys.
The 2023 NFL Draft in Kansas City is just over a month away, causing avid fans and experts to alter their predictions according to the latest insights.
The Cowboys have the 26th overall pick in the first round of the draft, and here is what some of the national experts believe Dallas will do.
Josh Edwards — CBS Sports: Luke Musgrave, Tight End, Oregon State
The Cowboys are thin at tight end, so it would make sense to draft one. NFL.com has Musgrave ranked as the No.3 tight end in this draft class, although, at this point, Musgrave is more potential than production. He has the prototypical frame and athleticism of an NFL tight end, but he only scored twice on 47 catches in college.
Brentley Weissman — The Draft Network: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia
Smith is a versatile player who can be deployed in various ways on defense. Mainly used as an edge defender at Georgia, he is a little undersized for the position in the NFL. That has not stopped players before, and Smith has the college production to warrant a first-round selection.
Ian Cummings — Pro Football Network: Josh Downs, Wide Receiver, North Carolina
Downs could be an option if Dallas wants to add more playmakers to the offense. He finished his career third in receptions, second in touchdown catches, and fourth in receiving yards in North Carolina history.
Trevor Sikkema — Pro Football Focus: Bijan Robinson, Running Back, Texas
Robinson had an illustrious career at Texas, and many analysts have him as their top running back on their draft boards. Dallas’ running back room is suddenly crowded, but Robinson would still stand out and create a solid 1-2 punch with Tony Pollard if drafted by the Cowboys.
Mel Kiper Jr — ESPN: Adetomiwa Adebawore, Defensive End, Northwestern
Kiper points to a strong performance at the NFL Combine as his reasoning for locking Adebawore into the first round. Kipe also says his side could move him inside at the next level, which would fit well with the Cowboys.
Todd McShay — ESPN: Dalton Kincaid, Tight End, Utah
McShay has Dallas selecting many experts’ top tight end prospect. Kincaid had an exceptional career at Utah, leading all active FBS tight ends in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. That kind of player may be what Dallas needs as Dalton Schultz leaves for Houston.
Daniel Jeremiah — NFL Network: Mazi Smith, Defensive Lineman, Michigan
Jeremiah points at Dallas’ need for a defensive tackle and a unique blend of size and power from Smith. Smith emerged as a leader on the defensive front for the Wolverines and finished his career with 88 tackles and six sacks.