With questions surrounding their defensive line, you’d think the Dallas Cowboys would be the first team interested in any veteran defensive line players who suddenly become available this offseason.Especially coming off the heels of a season were their defense ranked last in the league and the loss of All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware to the Denver Broncos. One of those newly available players is now former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Jason Babin, who was released by the team earlier this week. But according to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas, Cowboys officials have no interest in signing the 34-year old veteran.
“I’ve asked and was told no. I think his day is done and I think the Cowboys want to see what they already have. There’s something about Babin that just doesn’t fit. He has been in a ton of spots the last couple of years. Teams keep biting on his talent. The Cowboys are content with their defensive line mix. “
Babin was just cut by his third team in four seasons. But he is also less than three years removed from an amazing 18.0 sack season. Last year, as a member of the Jaguars, Babin recorded 40 tackles and 7.5 sacks while playing in all 16 games. In his nine-year career, Babin has a total of 63.0 sacks under his belt.
But Dallas seems content developing the current talent they have on their roster. Defensive ends Anthony Spencer and George Selvie are currently penciled in as starters for the upcoming season. Although, Spencer’s recovery from microfracture surgery might land him on the regular season Physically Unable To Perform List (PUP). If so, the earliest he could play would be Week Seven against the New York Giants.
If Spencer is unable to go, the Cowboys will undoubtedly turn to this year’s second round draft selection, Boise State defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. The young prospect shot up draft boards earlier this offseason after recording 120 tackles, 34.0 tackles for a loss and 20.0 sacks in two seasons as a Bronco.
Behind Lawrence at defensive end are Jeremy Mincey, Tyrone Crawford, Martez Wilson, Caesar Rayford, and 2014 seventh round rookie Ben Gardner. Both Mincey and Crawford could challenge for a starting role in 2014. But being a starter may have little importance on a Rod Marinelli-led defense that will focus on playing waves of defenders through frequent substitutions.
And with this much young talent on their roster, is it any wonder why the Cowboys front office isn’t interested in signing a 34-year old veteran?