We are a couple months away from the start of the 2018 free agency period but we wanted to look at who have been the best Cowboys free agent signing of all time.
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No. 5 Terrell Owens
The deal: Three-year, $25 million, $5 million signing bonus
Reason he was a good signing: Production ... if only it was that simple.
Owens was released by Philadelphia after playing only seven games in 2005. Following a contentious offseason in which he was looking for more money, Owens came to the Cowboys and Bill Parcells.
On the field, it was hard to argue with what Owens did. He logged double-digit touchdowns in each of his three seasons with Dallas. And he put up more than 1,000 yards each year, too. Owens was the big-play wide receiver the Cowboys had lacked since Michael Irvin retired.
In 2007, T.O. had a Pro Bowl season with 81 catches for 1,355 yards and 15 touchdowns despite missing one game with a high-ankle sprain. In two playoff games - both losses - he caught six passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
T.O. had 11 100-yard games as a Cowboy but slumped badly in 2008 with only two, one of which was a 213-yard game against San Francisco during which the Niners chose not to play him aggressively. He had fewer than 40 yards receiving in eight games in 2008.
It's fitting that Owens ended up on both the best and worst lists because you cannot separate hisproduction from the distraction when talking about his time with the Cowboys.
Where he ended up: Spent 2009 with Buffalo on a one-year deal.
The deal: Five years, $22 million
Reason he was a good signing: Glover was one of the best defensive tackles of the decade. He helped anchor a young defensive line and was an integral part of the Cowboys' transformation from a 5-11 team into one that returned to the playoffs.
Glover played in all 64 games during his four seasons with the Cowboys. He racked up 21.5 sacks and forced five fumbles in that period. He was named to the Pro Bowl all four seasons, three of those as a starter.
The Cowboys had endured back-to-back seasons of 5-11 when Glover signed. His decision to play for Dallas instead of the better teams that courted him was a coup. It was a key step in getting the Cowboys' talent base back to where it could be competitive.
Where he ended up: Glover signed with the St. Louis Rams after his time in Dallas and played for three more seasons. He retired from football after the 2008 season and went on to earn his Master of Business Adminstration degree in 2012.
The deal: Five years, $35 million included a $12.999 million signing bonus (Jerry was superstitious about unlucky 13)
Reason he was a good signing: Jerry Jones loves to make big, bold gestures. This was the biggest of all.
The Cowboys' quest for a third consecutive Super Bowl title was thwarted by San Francisco. Sanders was part of the 49ers team that beat the Cowboys in the NFC Championship Game after the 1994 season and went on to win the Super Bowl. So what did Jones do? He raided the 49ers and signed Sanders for 1995.
This was the perfect marriage of style and substance. Not only was Sanders regarded as the best cornerback in the game, but also the Cowboys had lost starting cornerback Kevin Smith for the season to injury. Jones got to make a theatrical move that was also practical.
Sanders missed the beginning of his debut season in Dallas as he recovered from arthroscopic surgery but solidified the secondary the moment he arrived. He also returned punts and played on offense, catching a 47-yard pass in the Super Bowl that led to the Cowboys' first touchdown in a 27-17 win over Pittsburgh.
Sanders played in Dallas for five seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. He had 14 interceptions, averaged 13.3 yards a punt return and scored eight touchdowns in his time with the Cowboys (four on punt returns, two on interceptions, one on a fumble return and one on a reception).
Where he ended up: Sanders signed with Washington after his days with the Cowboys and played for one year before he retired. He came out of retirement in 2004 to play for Baltimore and wore No. 37 as an homage to his age. He retired again and went on to work for CBS Sports and NFL Network in addition to founding a charter school in 2012 that ultimately was shut down. Sanders was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Source: Sports Day · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency