Safety Patrol: The Dallas Cowboys Endless Search For A Safety

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jason Avant (81) is tackled by Dallas Cowboys free safety Barry Church (42) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

When former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson retired from playing football back in 2004, the team desperately searched for someone to be a force in the secondary. They tried with players like Roy Williams, Ken Hamlin, and even Brodney Pool for like a day. The Cowboys even had a chance to draft Seahawk Pro-Bowl safety Kam Chancellor, but they went for a scrub player in Akwasi Owusu-Ansah. Now they have a solid player at the free safety position with Barry Church, but they need help at the other spot. While Church is good at playing in coverage, he lacks the skills to be a great hitter, a skill needed in the Tampa-2 defense. Where can we find the next Woodson? Where can we just find a serviceable safety? Here are the options from free agency, the draft, and from the team itself.

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