Eight Free Agent Safeties The Dallas Cowboys Could Sign

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Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) chases in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. The Seahawks win 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins strong safety Reed Doughty (37) chases in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field. The Seahawks win 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Reed Doughty

Doughty is an eight year veteran who has spent his entire career as a member of the Washington Redskins. He is currently the highest rated safety available as ranked by ESPN. Doughty was one of the Redskins most consistent players recording an average of 78 tackles per year in the last three seasons. And all while playing in every single regular season game during that same timespan. Labeled early on as an overachiever, Doughty is a smart, crafty veteran who will make a solid contribution on any NFL team. But he lacks range and playmaking abilities in coverage, as he’s only recorded three interceptions in his eight years as a professional.

Cowboys angle: Doughty sounds like a nice fit for Dallas. Although not the ideal ball-hawk the Cowboys so desperately need beside Barry Church, it sounds as if Doughty is not going to make many mistakes to hurt you either. If Wilcox struggles during the regular season once again, a veteran like Doughty could be the cork Dallas would need to temporarily stop the bleeding in the defensive backfield.  Plus, it never hurts to have a former NFC East opponent in your locker room when going up against his old team twice a year. The only thing that might hold the Cowboys at bay is the fact that the 31-year old Doughty suffered two concussions last season.

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