The Dallas Cowboys will need to find a productive safety in free agency or the draft if they do not re-sign their own players.
The Dallas Cowboys could find their next starting safety in free agency as this pool of players is seemingly a little deeper than those in the past. The team will likely attempt to re-sign their defensive backs before diving into the market but if better options are out their the Cowboys could be in a position to make a move.
The Cowboys could find themselves in the market for several new safeties as they will have several players at the position hit free agency. The team could potentially find quality starters for seasons to come in free agency as several talented defensive backs should be on the market.
Both safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox will hit free agency and it is unknown whether or not Dallas will look to re-sign either player. It would be beneficial to bring Church back as he has looked terrific in this defensive scheme. Wilcox may be coming off of his best year but he still struggles in coverage and has been a bit slow at development.
The options for Dallas on the open market could be very impressive especially if star Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry manages to hit the open market. If that were to happen I would expect the Cowboys to make a decent run at the Pro Bowl player. Berry is the definition of an elite safety so he would be worth every penny.
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There are several other players who are soon to be free agents that could help this team as well. The first player would be Arizona Cardinal’s safety Tony Jefferson, who could come in an potentially start for Dallas. He has been a dependable player in both coverage and stopping the run. Jefferson may not be the best safety on the market but he should be fairly productive wherever he lands.
Next up would be Green Bay’s Micah Hyde who has been a versatile defensive back during his time with the Packers. He can play both corner and safety but has his share of struggles when it comes to coverage.
Last season, Hyde got a ton of reps at multiple positions so he could be a little more productive in the upcoming season thanks to the added experience. His market value is fairly unknown but his versatility should land him a nice payday.
Lastly, we have the Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald who could hit the open market. McDonald is a hard hitter who can strip the ball from opposing players but also can struggle in coverage. He would compete for a starting job if the Cowboys signed him during the free agent period.
There is also the notion that the Dallas Cowboys should just re-sign the players they have as an added couple of years in the same system should only improve their production. Last season, Church seemingly earned a new deal with the club but I would not be surprised if they added some extra insurance at the position during the offseason.