The Dallas Cowboys have a safety in need, and there’s Reshad Jones indeed.
There is speculation as to if and who the Dallas Cowboys might switch from cornerback to safety this season. Some people still have questions about the safety position even after the addition of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
A former Pro Bowl talent in Reshad Jones remains on the market well after the beginning of the free agency signing period. Should the Cowboys pursue the safety?
Every team wants the best talent on their team to make sure they have a good season. Reshad Jones is a good talent that remains on the market and could fill a need on the Cowboys roster.
Right now, they have Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who are both free safeties. To back them up are free safeties Darian Thompson and possibly having Daryl Worley switching between corner and safety. There is no strong safety to be found on the team.
Jones spent 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins as one of the few bright spots on the roster. With limited help throughout the years, he has three 100+ tackle seasons along with two Pro Bowls.
With the Cowboys defense shifting to a more aggressive scheme, Jones fits the mold. He has big-play potential with six defensive touchdowns. And let’s not forget how good he is at crushing receivers.
The only downsides regarding Jones are that he is heading into the season at 32-years-old and he has had injury problems throughout his career. In only four of his 10 seasons, he played all 16 games.
Continuous injuries heading into his mid-thirties is a concern. Luckily for the Cowboys, they won’t need to have him play a large portion of snaps because of Clinton-Dix and Woods.
But the Dallas Cowboys are tight on cash, right?
The Cowboys have $11.2 million remaining after the official retirement of center Travis Frederick. Jones should not be making close to $11 million if he signs in Dallas.
Clinton-Dix signed a one-year $3.75 million contract with Dallas. With that in mind and all the injury risks, Dallas can sign Jones to a one-year deal worth anything from $3 million to $4 million.
Do the Cowboys need him? Probably not; however, it would not hurt at all to add a great talent and veteran presence to help out Woods and the young cornerbacks. Maybe this is the kind of stability at safety people like The Landry Hat’s Michael H. Vu has been waiting for.
Jones is still a very good safety. His age and injuries are the only concerns, which do bring down his value. Low interest from other teams would also convince Jones to take a one-year “prove it” deal, which the Cowboys would greatly benefit from.
Seeing the safety put on a Cowboys uniform is not far fetched at all. If owner Jerry Jones and head coach Mike McCarthy want him, they can go out and sign him. It would be one more signing to help this very talented team make a deep playoff run.