So far, as a free-lance, the two biggest movements involving the Cowboys have occurred at the same place.
The team lost a productive slot machine receiver to Cole Beasley. They replaced him with Randall Cobb.
In the world we live in now, we like to compare everything. So it's only natural to stay here and wonder if the Cowboys really improved or got worse with the subtraction of Beasley and the addition of Cobb.
Of course, we will not really know it before the start of the season, but why wait until then? Let's try to project that now.
On paper, it seems that Cowboys have a better offer.
Cobb is slightly younger than Beasley, who turns 30 next month. Cobb will be 29 in August.
Cobb has better stats, capturing 470 passes for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns in 105 career games. Beasley has 319 for 3,271 and 23 touchdowns in 103 games.
Oh yes, and Cobb is also cheaper, signing for only $ 5 million per season while the Beasley deal exceeds $ 7 million a year.
However, nothing is as simple as it seems. The teams do the necessary homework on all these guys. There is a reason why the Beasley market is much higher. The Bills guaranteed $ 14 million from his contract and the Cowboys even offered him a contract worth about $ 6 million per season. That's more than the one-year, $ 5 million contract that Cobb accepted.
The market value of Beasley was therefore higher, even if it was a year older and worse statistics.
The reasoning must be based on availability. Beasley has only missed one match in the last five years. It was the final of the 2017 season in Philadelphia, when the Cowboys had already been eliminated from the post-season. Yes, he may have his share of bumps and bruises, but he finds a way to get to the field.
As for Cobb, the veteran did not have the chance to avoid injuries. Last year, he played only nine games and tackled hamstring problems. In fact, Cobb has not played a full season of 16 games since 2015.
That's why the success of this signature, compared to Beasley, will depend on Cobb's overall health. When he was on the field, he was a better player and more productive than Beasley, who had his best season in 2016 with 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns. Cobb had a year at the Pro Bowl in 2014, catching 91 balls for 1,287 yards and 12 scores.
Cobb averages 11.8 yards per shot, compared to 10.3 Beasley points, which is one of the reasons why the Cowboys have been able to gain more play potential with the former Packers receiver. Of his 41 career touchdown passes, 13 were 30 yards or more. Beasley had just two more catches than 30, including the remarkable take he made in the 2018 season final against the Giants to win the game.