The Best of the Rest: A Look at the Remaining Free Agent

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Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) during warmups prior to playing the New Orleans Saints during the 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Avant

Avant was recently cut by the Eagles because as the fourth wide receiver, he was owed $4 million dollars. There hasn’t been much interest for the 30 year old veteran, so he shouldn’t command an expensive price tag. The Cowboys need depth at WR, and I think Avant would fit. He does not have much speed, but he has reliable hands and good route running ability. In addition, Avant was known for being a strong locker room presence in Philadelphia. However the biggest reason I think we should pick up Avant is because he does not have an injury history. Avant can come in to Dallas as a number 3 or 4 wide receiver and provide veteran leadership. If we need him to, he can play on the outside and can provide great depth behind Dez and Terrance Williams.

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  • Earl Robertson

    Of the 3 I would like for them to get Avant. He pretty good

  • Steve

    I hope Dallas signs none of the players on this list.

    Competition for Bernadeau should come through the draft. Beasley and Harris would have their growth slowed by Avant. Ed Reed should’ve retired after the super bowl. He has nothing left in the tank.

    If I had to take one it would be Brian Waters, hands down. I’m intrigued if they could get a player like Davin Joseph, who is 7 years younger than Waters, on a one year “prove it” type of deal. The reason is that I don’t think Waters will sign and go through camp (like last year).

  • David

    or here is a novel idea, maybe draft a legit FS in the 1st round and stop looking at has beens and small school mid round project picks.

    • PaulTX

      You’re really passionate about drafting a FS.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Just get younger. Reed is awful at this point. Don’t need Avant and don’t want him in front of Beasley or Harris. Waters… ok, but not happening since he hasn’t even had surgery on his torn bicep.

  • Falconer

    I like Waters and would sign him , also Iwould go after Jolly or Williams at DT from the Vikings , the rest of this list is

  • BradAustin

    I agree 100% with the idea to add a free agent guard, and Waters showed well for us. Apparently he really enjoyed playing for us as well, and still works out at our facilities. You’re dead-on about needing Bernadeau to cross-train for center and guard support. If he is starting he wouldn’t have the time to keep sharp at center. Lastly on guard, if we don’t get Zack Martin in 1st round to start at guard, the rest of the draft class is a big reach to find a high quality starter from Day 1. Very thin position.

    WR is very deep in this draft, all the way through the 4th round. That’s where I’d address adding a WR that could come in and play asap. Guys like Josh Huff, Michael Campanaro, and Bruce Ellington all would contribute right away and should be available past round 2. WR is too deep not to find a Day 1 contributor past round 2.

    FS is also a lot like guard in this draft. Past Pryor, Clinton-Dix, and Ward there’s not much there to exceed what Wilcox can already offer us. Not sure if Ed Reed is the right guy to bring in for a reasonable price or not, but a veteran would be the answer to help. Johnson, Wilcox, and Heath are all novices to the game still getting their feet wet, as not one has started a full season. Be nice to bring in a vet that has solid starting experience to help them learn to direct the defense. Sure we tried it the last 2 years, but both those guys were chumps before they even got here. Most of us knew they didn’t have starting talent.