Reports surfaced today on a Pro Football Weekly report that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will target veteran safeties in free agency. It is an obvious move for the team to make after they passed on drafting a safety in the NFL Draft this past April.
The safeties who currently hold a spot on the Cowboys roster are Alan Ball, who is expected to actually move back to cornerback this season, Gerald Sensabaugh, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Barry Church and Danny McCray. The names on the roster leave a lot to be desired. Outside of Ball and Sensabaugh, the safety group lacks any significant experience.
That is why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and owner Jerry Jones are expected to search for a veteran at the position during the free agency period, whenever it resumes. According to the Pro Football Weekly report:
We have heard for months that defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has targeted some veterans to go after, players who will fit his scheme, and it only makes sense to think that former Raiders S Michael Huff could be one of them. Ryan coached Huff when the two were in Oakland together a few years back. Sources say Ryan has Jerry Jones’ ear and that the owner will target a veteran of his choosing at the position.
While the move doesn’t come as a big shock, it is a very welcomed report. A guy like Huff is an instant upgrade at the position and he can use his veteran status and experience to help groom the younger talents.