If we think back to the beginning of the 1990’s, it is easy to remember that the Dallas dynasty all began in late August of 1992 when Jimmy Johnson made one final trade that brought a veteran defensive pass rush specialist named Charles Haley from the 49ers to Dallas to complete the rebuilding process of America’s Team.
That situation is very similar to the one facing our 2012 Dallas Cowboys. As well as the defense played Saturday night against the Rams, the more I watch the this team play while superstar OLB Demarcus Ware rehabs his hamstring, it is painfully evident that another pass rusher is needed immediately to complete the rebuilding process of Rob Ryan’s defense.
I believe that the Cowboys should pull the trigger on make a deal with the Indianapolis Colts for OLB/DE Dwight Freeney. The Cowboys could send CB Mike Jenkins and a late draft pick to Indianapolis for Freeney who could come in as a pass rush specialist opposite Ware and take this defense to the next level.
The deal makes perfect sense due to the fact that Mario Butler has played so well as the 4th CB that the Cowboys can afford to trade the soon to be free agent Jenkins who the Colts were interested in just months ago. Freeney is also a soon to be free agent at the end of the year and won’t be back with the rebuilding Colts, so from a contract standpoint the deal makes perfect sense. Freeney is a seven time pro bowler and has 102.5 career sacks. Just think how dangerous this defense will become when offensive coordinators have to block someone else the DeMarcus Ware coming off the edge in passing situations, it is a deal that makes perfect sense.