Could the Dallas Cowboys find a potential free agent bargain in former Green Bay Packers defensive back Micah Hyde?
The Dallas Cowboys postseason game against the Green Bay Packers was memorable for many reasons. Obviously, the heartbreaking 34-31 loss following a clutch 36-yard pass from Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers to tight end Jared Cook is the lasting memory for many.
But from the ashes of a devastating Cowboys playoff loss could emerge a glimmer of hope for the future. And that’s due to the play of then-Packers defensive back Micah Hyde. The 26-year old posted four total tackles, a sack, two pass defends and one interception against Dallas in that postseason matchup.
Now, Hyde is a free agent. And according to one source, he may be the biggest bargain in the open market.
“Hyde isn’t often discussed among the top free agent DBs but he deserves to have his name mentioned,” wroteA Swiss army knife in the secondary, Hyde can do it all: play center field, cover the slot, move down into the box, blitz the quarterback. There isn’t much he can’t do on the football field, and he’s a valuable special teams guy who can return punts and kickoffs. Oh, and he just turned 26 years old.”
Hyde recorded 58 total tackles, nine pass defends, three interceptions and 1.0 sack last season. He was a fifth round selection by the Packers out of Iowa in 2013. The durable defender has only missed one regular season game during his four years in the NFL.
The Cowboys value position flex. And the 6-foot, 197 pound Hyde can fill several of the holes Dallas’ secondary could presumably have as three of their starters are currently free agents. Those players include safety Barry Church and cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.
There is little doubt that adding a player like Hyde to the Cowboys roster would be an upgrade. But at what cost? Dallas is not known for making splashy signings in free agency as of late, opting instead to build their roster through the draft. But with 21 players from their 2016 roster currently free agents, the Cowboys brass may not have a choice.
A player like Hyde would seem to give the Cowboys the most bang for their buck due to his position flex and special teams contributions. If Dallas and the four-year defensive back can find financial middle ground, I believe Micah Hyde would make an excellent addition to the Cowboys depleted secondary.