Another premier defender has made his case for wanting to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
With recent reports swirling about how the New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams would like to be traded to the Dallas Cowboys, another player has reportedly thrown his name into the mix.
According to Tony Pauline, free-agent pass rusher Jadaveon Clowney is looking to sign a one-year “prove it” deal with a playoff contender, and the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints are at the top of the list. The Cowboys front office should absolutely look to bring Clowney aboard the team for the 2020 NFL season.
After the Dallas Cowboys lost defensive end Robert Quinn this offseason to the Chicago Bears, a hole opened up on the defensive line. The front office tried to add some relief to that hole on the defense by adding defensive end Aldon Smith this offseason.
With that being said, Smith has not played a down in the league since the 2015 season and is far from a reliable choice to start throughout the whole season.
Why Clowney makes sense on the Dallas Cowboys:
Clowney came into the NFL with high expectations after being drafted first overall in the 2014 NFL draft. While he has shown flashes of being one of the most tenacious edge rushers in the league, he has yet to produce a double-digit sack season in his career. His lack of consistency and his high asking price coming into free agency is part of the reason why he has yet to be signed to an organization.
There is no doubt that Clowney could provide an immediate impact on the Cowboys defensive line. The defensive line would include Clowney and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on the outsides with defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe in the interior. With a very talented linebacking core behind them, the Cowboys would have a case for the most talented front seven units in the league.
For a team that has question marks in the secondary of their defense, there is no better way to help them than by having a premier pass rush. The Cowboys should create cap space, sign Clowney to a one-year contract as a rental and help their ability to contend for a Super Bowl title in 2020.