Updated: Oct 4
The Dallas Cowboys have started the season off 1-2 which is something they have only done 3 times since 2008. There are plenty of reasons why this is the case among those are bad coaching decisions, bad ref calls, and missed opportunities. But I would say the biggest reason is the defense and more specifically, the secondary. So here are 5 FA's the Cowboys need to consider bringing in
Now, I realize I just said that the big reason the Cowboys have started off worse than most years is their defense but I have a good reason on this one. TE Blake Jarwin tore his ACL on a non-contact injury VS The Rams. He was set for a big breakout year now that Jason Witten was finally gone but alas, things happen. Now the back up TE Dalton Schultz has taken over and to be completely fair has produced well for the team. But my concern is with the 3rd string, Blake Bell. He was brought in as a blocking TE so the Cowboys need another TE in there to not only teach these guys but be a productive member of the TE group. His past two seasons have been ended by ankle injuries but before that when he was completely healthy in 2017 he put up 807 yards (3rd most in career) and 3 TD's. If they could bring him in for a reasonable price this offense would only be better with Delanie Walker.
You saw this coming. The Cowboys starting Safeties as of now are Xavier Woods and Darian Thompson/Daryl Worley alternating. Xavier Woods has proven in the past that he can be a playmaker on defense and so have Daryl Worley and Darian Thompson. But this season they have done next to nothing but give up big plays and miss tackles and that was under display more than ever VS the Seahawks. Earl Thomas did take a step back in his quality of play last year with the Ravens but it's absolutely no secret that he is much better than the Cowboys current options at Safety. But the report is that teams know something the public doesn't know of how Earl is in the locker room so if it doesn't happen I get why.
This is another case of there are just better options for the Cowboys at Safety in Free Agency. In his last two season in Carolina he was a big part of their defense. He is an incredibly efficient tackler having 130 tackles in 2019 which was #2 among Safeties only behind Buddha Baker. His coverage skills are a little lacking but I don't see it as a huge deal as he plays SS. The only reason I could see the Cowboys not wanting to sign Eric Reid is Jerry Jones and his stance on the National Anthem. But, in a year centered around Social Justice and with Dontari Poe already taking a knee I don't get why that would be an issue. I think I'd actually rather the Cowboys sign Eric Reid over Earl.
The Cowboys defense is giving up 127.7 rushing yards game on average which is 23 in the league. The D-line has some big names on it and some under the radar guys that can really stop the run like Antwaun Woods but one more big man like Damon Harrison could really take the run stopping defense up a notch and improve it. He played through injuries while in Detroit so his stats don't look up to par to his time in New York but if he can stay healthy he can be a valuable run stuffer for this team. Plus he lives in the DFW area so he could give the Cowboys a discount to stay near his family and make good money.
Miami cut Reshad Jones earlier this year in March to free up cap space mainly but also he just couldn't stay healthy. Since 2015 he's had 11 significant injuries most of which forced him to miss time. But through those years he was still able to be a productive member of the secondary having 12 interceptions and 407 tackles over those years. He definitely wouldn't be en every down Safety for the team but as a rotation player I think he could work very well. He knows how to tackle efficiently and can be a ball hawk in the right defense. His price tag shouldn't be high at all either so low risk high reward with a guy like this.
The last time we had the chance to see Clay Matthews was on the LA Rams being a role playing guy and that's exactly what I think the Cowboys should bring him in for. He had 8 sacks, 11 QB hits, and 2 forced fumbles last season and if the Cowboys can bring him in and have him be that kind of guy for a reasonable price then it's the perfect choice to give this LB core some extra boost. Both Leighton Vander-Esch and Sean Lee are out for a good while and Jaylon Smith paired with Joe Thomas have been a good pair but one extra guy like Clay could be perfect. Joe Thomas has proved to be an amazing tackler so Clay would be the definition of a role playing guy in Dallas. Plus Mike McCarthy coached him in Green Bay for 10 years so maybe a potential reunion with his old HC could bring the price down.
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