Around the league you’ll hear a lot of talk about whose going to do what during the offseason. One of the biggest buzz’s I’ve heard is the possibility of slapping a franchise tag on wide receiver Miles Austin. In a way this could be a good idea, but ultimately I think this is a wrong move.
There are quite a few free agents for the Cowboys this year, though most restricted I think the franchise tag could be used more wisely elsewhere.
Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, Marcus Spears, and Gerald Sensabaugh all highlight names that the organization needs to consider retraining. Hatcher and Bowen have allowed for a good defensive line rotation while Sensabaugh solidified a safety position that has been lacking since Roy Williams rookie year.
So what to do?
I think the answer is as simple as you might be thinking. Hatcher and Bowen are low bucks players who can work things out within the organization on their own. Spears, to me, can be replaced though it would stink to see him go. Sensabaugh still leaves a possible upgrade situation at safety through the draft but you have to like what he’s done.
Final Answer… Tender Spears or make a small offer to him, Sign Bowen or Hatcher to deal (if not both), Franchise Sensabaugh, and ink Austin long term. This would give the best value while impacting the teams future play.
What do you guys think would be a good way to handle this offseason?