By Carden Hedelt AKA MBIIIEffect
After addressing needs at defensive end by signing former Charger Igor Olshansky and former Falcon Keith Brooking, there’s one position that needs filling after the departure of long-time Cowboy Roy Williams: safety. Our defensive backfield has been iffy to say the least since the departure of Darren Woodson. There are two ways to go about doing this. First, there’s the route that Landry Hat has already commented on, moving impressive rookie cornerback Orlando Scandrick to safety. I’d be alright with that, but I’d rather look into free agency to find a sure-fire fix to solidify our secondary. Here are a few names that Jerry Jones should be taking a long, hard look at.
Atari Bigby, Green Bay: The Packers have already tendered an offer to Bigby. Should the Cowboys top that offer and sign Bigby, we’d have to send them a second-round draft pick. It’d be worth it, though. Injuries slowed him through the 2008 season, but if he could return to the form he was in during the 2007 season (86 tackles, 9 deflections and 5 picks) it’d be well worth it.
Dawan Landry, Baltimore: So we didn’t get Ray Ray. But that doesn’t mean we can’t raid the Ravens before the 2009 season starts. The Ravens low-balled Landry and will only pay him one million dollars should he stay a Raven. If we come in with a better offer and the Ravens don’t match it, all we would owe Baltimore is a measly fifth-round pick. With the departure of Jim Leonard and Bart Scott, it’d be hard to imagine the Ravens letting Landry slip through their claws. Still, it’d be nice to have a Landry in Dallas again.
Darren Sharper, Minnesota: The former Viking is an unrestricted free agent and the veteran would be a leader in the defensive backfield. It wouldn’t be as flashy a move as Landry or Bigby, but I think this is the move to make. It would save Jerry a draft pick, money that we need to re-sign DeMarcus Ware and, better still, Sharper would provide some stability in our defense. Sharper would also make one hell of a mentor for Pat Watkins, the speedy 6-5 safety that has never really developed under the mentorship of Roy Williams.