5 free agents the Cowboys should finally wise up and sign

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Earl Thomas, Safety

Seven games into the season, and the Cowboys remained unsettle at their safety position. The Cowboys signed veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix this offseason. But the former first-rounder was outshined by safety Darian Thompson in training camp and subsequently released before the start of the season.

Thompson started alongside safety Xavier Woods for the team’s first four games before being benched. He was replaced by former 2019 sixth-rounder Donovan Wilson, who has started the past three games. But the 23-year old’s play has also been underwhelming.

While there were some early rumblings that cornerback Daryl Worley could play safety, the veteran was released earlier this week for his continued poor play. And former practice squad member, safety Steven Parker, played 36% of the defensive snaps In Washington last weekend.

Ranking dead last in both scoring defense (34.7) and rushing yards allowed (178.3), the Cowboys desperately need a spark if they going to right the ship. Dallas parted ways with Worley, defensive tackle Dontari Poe, and traded pass rusher Everson Griffen this week in an effort to improve.

The next step is to add some free agents to key position. And the first call Jerry Jones should make is to former Baltimore Ravens’ safety, Earl Thomas. The seven-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl-winning safety is seating at home after his exodus from the Ravens has seemingly left him without much outside interest.

Both the Cowboys and Thomas have been linked for years. And if the team was worried about the veteran defender’s current level of play, his departure from Baltimore, any locker room or off-the-field issues, those worries would seemingly pale in comparison to the current situation in Dallas.

With the 2-5 team severely underperforming on the field, anonymous players calling the new coaching staff in Dallas unprepared and not very good at their jobs, the coaches themselves “simplifying” their scheme and harping on lack of execution, the Cowboys’ culture is a bloodbath of finger pointing.

Adding a proven-winner to this locker room who is also a playmaker in the secondary seems like the perfect fit. And at this critical point of the season, something needs to change. Honestly, what do the Cowboys have to lose by signing Earl Thomas right now outside of paying his salary for the next nine games?