Dallas Cowboys: Three defensive predictions as free agency wanes

After the majority of Dallas Cowboys free agent agreements have been reported, reading the tea leaves unveils three likely predictions.

After new free agent additions, the Dallas Cowboys defensive line is pretty well set at three of four spots. Yet, right defensive end temporarily remains unsettled. Tyrone Crawford will be healthy again. Randy Gregory has reportedly applied for reinstatement and would likely be less risky under the new CBA rules.

Some feel Dallas can’t count on a reinstated, rusty Gregory. 2018 proved that’s not quite the case. Gregory was suspended for nearly two years before his 2018 return. After Week Three he recorded a QB hit, sack, or both in 10 of 11 games.

With Crawford and likely Gregory on hand, signing a high priced veteran will be too rich for their blood. Also, drafting an end below the 16th overall pick rarely provides an instant impact rusher. It is possible at Pick 17, but risky with bigger holes to fill.

Expect a mid range veteran signing the likes of a Michael Bennett type and also middle rounds draft consideration. Other than that, it’s likely Dallas won’t spend their high value resources at right end.


Multiple reported new additions and re-signings in the defensive front seven nearly comprise a formidable Sunday unit as is. The same goes with adding a notable upgrade at safety in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

Dallas now has three starting caliber, experienced corners. Though each has posted enough bad film to preserve concern in the fan base. The one thing the Cowboys should desire most in the draft is an elite level corner.

There will be a solid option available at Pick 17, though a better overall player at another need position may fall in their lap too. If the Cowboys choose to wait at corner, it’s hard to believe it would linger beyond the second round.


Safety is decently staffed for 2020. However the three top players all become free agents after this season. With no significant fit at strong safety by the top three, it’s a good bet Dallas will address that spot in the first three rounds.

It’s hard to tell how costly Xavier Woods will be in a re-sign scenario next year. But the Cowboys also can’t keep vastly upping the cap hits of every starting rookie who’s discount, rookie deal expires.

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Entering next offseason with no starting veterans under contract, the team should value having a talented second year safety with playing time under his belt to remove one hole from the position group. There are worthy options in the first three rounds.