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2016 Redskins Opponent Free Agency Recap: Cowboys

Posted Mar 30, 2016

Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda recaps what the Redskins' 2016 opponents have done in free agency so far. Today's look is at the Cowboys.

Redskins.com's Stephen Czarda recaps what the Redskins' 2016 opponents have done in free agency so far. Today's look is at the Cowboys.

While the Washington Redskins don’t know when 15 of their 16 games during the 2016 regular season will take place (their game against the Cincinnati Bengals has been confirmed for Oct. 30 at Wembley Stadium in London), they do know who they will be facing already.

To refresh, the Redskins will play the following opponents:

  • 2016 Home Games: Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.
  • 2016 Away Games: Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals (London), Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.

While teams are still making some moves in free agency, here’s a look at what the Redskins’ opponents have done to date since Super Bowl 50, starting with a look at some of the moves the Dallas Cowboys have made:

The Cowboys’ biggest splash so far certainly got Redskins fans talking, as they pried away longtime Washington running back Alfred Morris on a two-year deal.

Morris set the Redskins’ single-season rushing record in 2012 with 1,613 yards, 200 of which came against the Cowboys in an NFC East-clinching victory in Week 17 that year.

In his four seasons with the Redskins, Morris started every regular season game, totaling 1,078 carries for 4,713 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Three times he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, while also appearing in two Pro Bowls.

Cowboys general manager and president Jerry Jones says for now, though, Darren McFadden, not Morris, will be Dallas’ starting running back.

Along with Morris, the Cowboys are bringing back running back Lance Dunbar as well.

Dunbar missed most of the 2015 season with a torn ACL and MCL, but is a dual-threat out of the backfield, as he's recorded 52 receptions in 41 career appearances.

The Cowboys have also re-signed cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Kyle Wilber along with Cedric Thorton, who started 45 games for the Eagles over the last three seasons.

Claiborne, a 2012 first-round pick, is certainly a talented player, but the LSU product has dealt with injuries in each of his four seasons.

Wilber has spent his entire career with Dallas. He’s been mostly a backup during his time, but has appeared in every game over the last three seasons with 15 starts.

On March 24, the team announced the signing of defensive end Benson Mayowa, who has played for both the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders.

The team also announced on March 30 the signing of offensive lineman Joe Looney. 

Looney, a fourth-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012, was most recently with the Tennessee Titans. 

The Wake Forest product started a career best six games last season.

The team doesn’t appear interested in taking on Greg Hardy again at this time, though.

Hardy didn’t live up to expectations during the 2015 season, as he totaled just six sacks in 12 appearances following a four-game suspension to start the season.

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