The Dallas Cowboys had a lot of moving parts this offseason, upgrading in a few locations and seeing a dip in talent at others. It’s still difficult to say what the net result will be, just because we’ve seen a lot of long-term production replaced by relative unknowns.
In this slideshow, I will focus on seven potential upgrades the Cowboys made in the 2014 offseason. But how do we define "upgrade?" For the purposes of this analysis, the general formula will be Value of New Player minus Value of Old Player, and I’ll be considering on-field talent, age, long-term outlook and contract situation.
If I were to look at the Cowboys’ addition of defensive tackle Terrell McClain—an acquisition that didn’t make this list—for example, I’d compare McClain to the man he’d be replacing if he starts, Nick Hayden, and examine their projected contributions, age, and so on. The greater the difference between the subject and the player he’s replacing, the higher he’s ranked on this list.
Without further ado, here are the seven biggest upgrades for Dallas in 2014.