The Dallas Cowboys are currently looking for defensive line depth. On Tuesday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan during a radio interview that the team is not in a position to make a trade to address that need at this point:
“It’s pretty well known, I imagine, around the league, some of the issues we got with our defensive front. So if some other GMs or personnel people are sitting there saying, ‘I bet Dallas might be interested in this lineman,’ then their wheels are turning, too. That could still happen, but we’re not going to be in a position, and don’t want to give up a high draft pick to get a defensive lineman right now.”
If that is the case, Dallas will be looking towards the free agent market to find defensive line help.The Cowboys partially addressed this issue by signing former Green Bay Packer’s defensive end Jarius Wynn on Tuesday. But the biggest name available on that list is former All-Pro defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Although, Seymour makes a lot of sense for the Cowboys, the chances Dallas snags him are fairly slim.
The 34-year old Seymour is looking for one final payday. Most recently, he was approached by the San Francisco 49ers. But they could not agree on the financials. It is rumored that Seymour is looking for $5 million. The last team he played for, the Oakland Raiders, paid him $15 million a year. That’s a big commitment to give to an older player who was sidelined all but eight games last season with a hamstring injury.
Seymour is also considering out-right retirement. Right now, he is in Atlanta with his family trying to get his pilot license. But Seymour told CBS’ Jason La Canfora, he still wants to play, but only for a contender:
“It’ll be a family decision. I’ll continue to entertain offers up until Week 10, looking for the right situation.”
Dallas is in desperate need for immediate help along their defensive line. All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware could be out as much as 3-4 weeks with a strained right quadricep. They’ve already lost defensive ends Anthony Spencer and Tyrone Crawford to season-ending injuries. And it now appears All-Pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is also headed for the IR after spending the first six games of the season on the PUP list.
Defensive line coach Rob Marinelli has worked miracles along the D-line replacing All-Pro caliber players with no-names like George Selvie and Nick Hayden. Imagine what he could with someone like Seymour. Unfortunately, Dallas doesn’t currently have the cap space to sign him. According to overthecap.com, the Cowboys have just under $1.5 million available to sign free agents right now. On top of that, Dallas has recently leaned more towards signing unheralded, younger players with potential like Jarius Wynn over aging veterans. Although Seymour could help this team down the stretch, I’m not either side is enamored enough with the other to make it happen.