5 Free Agents the Dallas Cowboys Should Sign in 2014

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Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dexter McCluster – RB Kansas City Chiefs (2010 NFL Draft, Round 2)

Dexter McCluster could join a somewhat crowded Dallas backfield that already includes starter DeMarco Murray, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, who is expected to be healthy for the coming season. Phillip Tanner is an unrestricted free agent and I don’t expect to see him back.

McCluster is the kind of player that the Cowboys lost when Dunbar, an unrestricted free agent following next season, was lost for the year following a Thanksgiving Day victory over the Oakland Raiders. The former Mississippi standout would seem to be an ideal fit in a Dallas offense that’s sure to keep on passing the ball as though its life depends on it.

McCluster’s career statistics won’t “wow” you anymore than his time in the 40-yard dash at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine. However, he’s valuable as a pass-catcher out of the backfield and he would also add a dire need on special teams, primarily as a punt returner.

Dallas Cowboys assistant director of player personnel Will McClay appeared on KRLD-FM earlier this week. The Dallas Morning News captured the following:

One of the first things we look at is speed. You got to be a good football character and the character has to fit in to what we do in our environment but we’re looking at speed. We want to build the team speed and depth with good football players.

His time at the ’10 combine aside, let’s not confuse McCluster with a tortoise or anything. The four-year veteran can definitely run.

So, here’s a good way to boost the speed department on a team that seems to be getting older and slower each passing year. At just 25 years old and appearing to be on the inexpensive side of the free-agent market, McCluster might be a wise investment and a sure thing given his veteran status. There’s no reason to believe that he wouldn’t be good for at least three or four more years of solid production in numerous ways.

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