Today’s post is the final installment of a three-part series looking at possible, cheap free agent options for the Dallas Cowboys. In case you missed the first two parts, you may review them here:
We are all aware that the Cowboys have many needs, especially when it comes to improving the defense yet they have the least amount of money to afford being a major player in free agency. Part one attempted to address the defensive line, looking at low cost options such as Paul Soliai in an attempt to bring in a big bodied run stopper and Henry Melton as a versatile plug and play type for the entire line. Part two looked focused on the secondary and guys like Walter Thurmond, III as a replacement/depth provider in the thin corner back unit and Nick Collins as a veteran safety option.
In part three, we’ll take a look at some players to help out the last major area of need for Dallas which is the linebacker unit. Currently, this is what the Cowboys are working with…
- A twenty-six year old borderline Pro-Bowler who cannot finish a season on the field.
- A twenty-five year old who’s play fluctuated from above average starter to being benched in favor of a limited journeyman.
- Another twenty-five year old who’s ceiling likely is being a marginal third down pass rush threat and otherwise decent three down player.
- A free agent pick up last year who “earned” the third starting spot, largely by default
- A seventh round draft pick who only started to show signs of getting it in the final two weeks of the season…
- and a bunch of special teams only caliber options.
Needless to say, the depth and talent pool is shaky here as well. As previously stated in each of the other two columns, I strongly support the use of draft picks in all three areas of the defense. I do believe that the line is in most need. It would also be nice if the Cowboys could solve their decade long conundrum at safety as well but the linebacker unit should not be overlooked either. In all reality, the best defensive player available in each round should be the choice made, regardless of position.
Just in case that’s not an option, here are four free agents who could strengthen the depth of this unit and therefore, help make the defense better.