By: Joe D.
According to early reports, their have been three to four teams who have contacted Gerald Sensabaugh in the early stages of free agency. The Dallas Cowboys placed a 2nd round tender on Sensabaugh. This means that the Cowboys can match any contract offer of another team, or if the Cowboys elected not to match, they would receive a second round draft pick from that team.
Similarly, last year it was Miles Austin who received a 2nd round tender and there was some serious interest displayed by the NY Jets. My opinion at that time is that Austin was an unknown factor. He had talent and speed but minimal production on the field. When he was on the field he fumbled every other touch (rookie year on kickoff returns), and he was hampered with injuries. Reports are that the Cowboys would have matched the Jets offer; in retrospect, this would have been an ideal situation. Presumably, Austin would have had a similar year as last year and he would be locked up for another 3 or 4 years making a salary of a mid-level player (not a star player).
If I were the GM of the Cowboys in 2009, I would have packed Austin’s bags for him. The fans would have acted in kind for me the following year. I would have screamed from the Greyhound bus that he was all potential and never produced on the field.
This brings us to Sensabaugh. Sensabaugh played well for the Dallas Cowboys in 2009. He could cover tight ends and wide receivers, he was a competent tackler, and he wasn’t solely responsible for any one loss the way Roy Williams (safety) had been in the past.
Based on my “analysis” of the 2010 draft, I don’t like any of the safeties in the 2nd round, and there are too many questions regarding the safeties in the 1st round to warrant being taken in the 1st round.
To answer the question posed in the title, no, it is not worth a 2nd round pick in an incredibly talent laden draft if we lose Sensabaugh. Don’t fall in love with the unknown. Don’t disregard the known simply because it is unspectacular. It’s the same policy many of us use for our wives.