Yesterday, on the Sports Guy’s outstanding new site, Grantland, Bill Barnwell broke down the types of free agents that teams should avoid. Like most things written for Grantland, it is definitely worth the read. This year, we probably won’t have to worry about the Cowboys taking big free agent risks. With their cap situation and the need to re-sign several players, they probably won’t be able to make too much of a splash in free agency. Still, you can’t put anything past Jerry.
Let’s suspend reality for a second and pretend that the Cowboys will actually have a chance to sign some big name free agents. There are a lot of guys out there that can really help this team, but there are some that they would be better off to avoid. Here are my top three free agents that the Cowboys should stay away from:
There has been a lot made about the Cowboys trying to sign the biggest free agent on the market, but Asomugha comes with red flags. To start with, he’s going to be over-priced. In this day in age, the top free agent in any market inevitably receives an exorbitant contract and very few actually return an appropriate amount of value to the team that is paying them. Ask the Redskins how Albert Haynesworth’s deal has worked out. It’s not that Asomugha wouldn’t be a big help to the Cowboys, it’s just that his contract would be an enormous cap burden for years to come and will limit the organization’s flexibility. Plus, while they could certainly use an improvement in corner play, the Cowboys have more pressing needs, like signing a couple of safeties.
Randy Moss coming to the Cowboys is not a realistic possibility, but he’s worth mentioning for a couple of reasons. First of all, I believe that Jerry still holds great regrets over not drafting Randy when he had a chance, and, whenever Jerry wants something, he’ll usually get it. That said, Stephen would throw a conniption fit if Jerry tried to sign Randy. Also, because of that history between Moss and the Cowboys, there will always be speculation that the team is interested in him. However, even if everything else made sense, there is no room for Randy. I’d love to have him over Roy Williams, but, like with Asomugha, the team has so many other pressing needs. Not to mention, it’s highly doubtful that Randy would accept a role as a number three receiver.
Ray Edwards, Jason Babin, Mathias Kiwanuka, and any other big name d-lineman that I might be forgetting.
Defensive line is an area that is flying under the radar a little, but the Cowboys will have to make some moves there. Jason Hatcher, Stephen Bowen, and Marcus Spears are all free agents. While it looks like Spears will be playing elsewhere, the ‘Boys have an eye on re-signing Hatcher and Bowen. And that’s exactly what they should do. In his article, Barnwell specifically mentioned Babin as a guy to stay away from, but his logic also applies to Edwards and Kiwanuka. It seems to me that all of these guys have benefited greatly from their systems and having great teammates. Edwards in particular wouldn’t have been the same player without Jared Allen. However, more than anything, none of the available defensive ends fit with the Cowboys system. The best fits for them right now are Bowen and Hatcher.