Players the Cowboys Should Consider Signing: The Dallas Cowboys entered free agency with around $20 million in cap space after releasing a few players and restructuring contracts. The big move the Cowboys made this offseason was re-signing quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term extension keeping him in Dallas for the next four years.
Other than that Dallas has been known for re-signing their guys and then waiting for players’ salaries to drop and then making moves during the second or third wave of free agency.
After losing starting quarterback Chidobe Awuzie to the Bengals and safety Xavier Woods to the Vikings Dallas still has some holes to fill and there is plenty of talent still out there. Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford retired after eight seasons in Dallas. The Cowboy’s defense was awful last year, there just simply is no other way to put it.
Last offseason the Cowboys signed some veteran defensive players in free agency, but none of them made a major contribution. It would be wise for Dallas to consider bringing in a few of these veterans before the draft to pair with incoming young talent.
CB Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman has been one of the best cornerbacks in the league over the past decade. After being released by Seattle many believed that the former All-Pro cornerback was done…but then he went to San Francisco and put together some solid years.
Dallas has a very inexperienced cornerback room at the moment with second-year corner Trevon Diggs the most talented corner on the roster. Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn also coached Sherman in Seattle and knows his skill set very well. Sherman would instantly provide a boost to the Cowboys defense.
LB K.J. Wright
In 202 the Dallas Cowboys linebacker did not play very well. Leighton Vander Esch missed a significant part of the season with a broken collarbone and Jaylon Smith had a difficult time shedding blocks and clogging holes in ex-defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme.
Similar to Sherman K.J. Wright used to play under Quinn in Seattle and is familiar with his scheme. Wright would add a veteran presence to the Cowboys defense along with an athletic linebacker with a nose for the football.
S Malik Hooker
Last week the Cowboys hosted Malik Hooker and two other safeties for visits at the Star. Hooker is coming off a torn Achilles and has struggled to stay healthy since being drafted out of Ohio State. If healthy Hooker can be the deep centerfield safety that the Cowboys haven’t had in a long time.
Hooker tweeted that the visit went very well and Cowboys nation was excited. So far nothing has been agreed upon by either side, but if medicals check out Hooker and the Cowboys could be a match made in heaven.
DT Geno Atkins
Last offseason Dallas signed defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. McCoy tore his quad during the first padded practice and Poe came into camp and the season overweight and out of shape. Neither player contributed to the Cowboys leaving it up to young players to step up.
Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore are two of the Cowboy’s top contributors at defensive tackle, but veteran help could always be needed. Atkins was released by Cincinnati this offseason and would provide an upgrade to the defensive front if healthy.
Atkins is coming off a down year where he did not play much due to injury, but he is still an eight-time pro bowler. If the money is right Atkins can come to Dallas on a cheap contract with the potential to help a young and inexperienced front.