Free agency always provides plenty of fireworks. Dallas Cowboys fans have been treated during owner Jerry Jones’ era, as he has never been shy to open his wallet to add players.
The team has recently adopted a more conservative approach in free agency, so for nostalgia sake–here are the top five free agent signings in Cowboys history.
5. Offensive Tackle Marc Colombo
Colombo was a former first round pick by the Chicago Bears where he only started seven games in three seasons.
The former Boston College tackle was signed by Dallas during the midseason in 2005.
From 2006-2011 Colombo started all but eight games at right tackle.
He was the enforcer, attitude, and leader of the line.
Colombo was also the anchor for the 2007 and 2009 offensive lines that helped the offense break franchise scoring records.
A rare three-contract player, Colombo’s small price and high play make him an easy choice for the list.
He is now employed as an assistant offensive line coach with the Cowboys after spending last season in the scouting department.
4. Offensive guard Leonard Davis
After six seasons of playing offensive guard and tackle for the Arizona Cardinals, Davis signed a 6 year, $49.6 million contract with the Cowboys in free agency.
The deal made the bulldozing lineman the highest paid player in the entire league.
Davis moved permanently back to guard, a move that defined his career.
Davis went on to start all 64 games in his four year Cowboys career.
In that time, the Texas alumni went to three Pro Bowls.
He, like Colombo, was a huge piece in the 2007 and 2009 offenses that put up prolific numbers.
Davis was also named to the All-Pro second team in 2007.
3. Defensive Tackle La’Roi Glover
Glover was one of the best free agent deals in Cowboys history, although it often goes unnoticed because he spent his four seasons on bad teams.
The defensive tackle played in all 64 games while accruing 124 tackles, 21.5 sacks, and 5.5 forced fumbles. Outrageous numbers for an interior pass rusher.
Glover was named to the Pro Bowl in all of his four seasons, the only player in Cowboys history to do so.
He was also selected to the All-Pro teams in 2002 and 2003.
Due to scheme fit, the team let Glover go after the 2005 season, but he had one of the most productive stints of any free agent in team history.
2. Wide Receiver Terrell Owens
The controversial receiver made Dallas his home in 2006 when he signed a 3 year, $25 million deal with the team.
Over the next three seasons, Owens went on to shatter many franchise records.
He recorded over 3,500 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns in that time. The team went to the playoffs twice in his three seasons.
Like every other stop during his career, the on-field was never the issue for Owens.
Eventually the team felt his off-field antics were no longer worth his production.
Prior to the 2009 season, the wide receiver was released despite signing a lucrative extension not long before.
Owens’ statistics alone made him a great signing.
1. Cornerback Deion Sanders
After being one of the biggest reasons why the Cowboys couldn’t complete the 3-peat in 1994, Jones and the front office decided to make him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL by handing Sanders a 5-year, $30 million contract.
In Sanders five seasons as a Cowboy he intercepted 14 passes and scored seven touchdowns on defense and special teams.
His biggest contribution was bringing the 90’s team their third Super Bowl victory in four seasons.
Bringing the greatest cornerback of all-time was the best free agent get for an owner who who never shy about spending to help his team win the big one.