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Cowboys made push to sign Super Bowl champion “Difference-Maker.

Jan 22, 2024 #Dallas cowboy

“The Dallas Cowboys are being begged to sign arguably the best player at his position. As Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox suggests, Dallas should consider signing Kansas City Chiefs defenseman Chris Jones.

The 29-year-old Jones will be a free agent this season after agreeing to a new one-year contract shortly before the start of the season. Knox’s argument is simple: The Cowboys defense is average and Jones is the NFL’s “most important” player at defensive tackle.

“In losses to the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers (in the playoffs), Dallas’ defense was impressed with its ground play,” Knox wrote.

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“Adding a top defensive tackle like Chris Jones from the Kansas City Chiefs would help the Cowboys strengthen their run defense up front. Dallas just used a first-round pick on Michigan defensive tackle Mazi Smith, but Smith has always been a developmental prospect.

Why the Cowboys need a player like Chris JonesDallas’ defense ranked 16th in rushing yards and 15th in yards per attempt allowed.

In the three aforementioned losses to those elite teams, the Cowboys allowed an average of 193 rushing yards per game. For perspective, the worst rushing defense in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals, allowed 143.2 rushing yards per game. In other words, yes, the Cowboys defense and lack of quality stoppers are their biggest problem this offseason.There is no doubt that Jones will remain among the elite as he enters his age 30 season in 2024. He just earned his fifth straight Pro Bowl selection and second first-team All-Pro selection after recording 30 tackles and 10.5 sacks.

“Cost could prevent Cowboys from signing Chris Jones”According to Pro Football Focus, Jones posted an 84.1 defensive rating and a 90.3 pass rushing rating during the 2023 season. His defensive rating ranked ninth and his pass rushing rating ranked ninth. is ranked third among all defensive tackles. There is no doubt that Jones will be a hot commodity and one of the best free agents on the market.

The big question, though, is: How much will he make as a free agent? According to Spotrac, his market value is $28.1 million per season, for a three-year total of $84.6 million.

That would make Jones the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the league. Entering the 2024 offseason, the Cowboys don’t exactly have a lot of salary cap space.

According to Spotrac, Dallas is $11 million in the red against the salary cap and ranks 26th in the league. They will have to clear cap space and make some roster moves to have a chance to sign Jones.

“Jones would immediately make a difference against the run while boosting Dallas’ pass rush,” Knox writes. “It would be a challenge to clear space for the signing, but the 29-year-old should be at the top of the Cowboys’ wish list.”Additionally, the Cowboys’ main goals this offseason include signing Dak Prescott and CeeDee Lamb to contract extensions.It’s clear that despite Dallas’ talented roster — they have the second-most Pro Bowlers with seven — they’re still missing that little something to get over the hump. The addition of Jones – who led the Chiefs to two Super Bowl victories – could be the “difference maker” the Cowboys desperately need.

If Jones is willing to take a discount on his next contract, or if Dallas is able to make moves to free up enough cap space to sign the two-time Super Bowl champion, the Cowboys would be addressing their biggest weakness.

DJ Siddiqi covers the NFL for Heavy.com, focusing on the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He covered the NFL and NBA for Forbes, ClutchPoints, CBS Sports, 24/7 Sports and Bleacher Report before joining Heavy. Read more about DJ Siddiqi

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