5 safeties the Cowboys could dive into free agency for

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Xavier Woods, Dallas Cowboys
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Talk about having déjà vu. As we enter another offseason, the Dallas Cowboys’ refusal to spend once again has everyone asking the same questions we asked last year. We can probably go further back than that if we are being totally honest with ourselves.

Today officially marks my one-year anniversary of contributing to the hat and to commemorate this milestone, I am going to talk about the first topic I ever wrote about.

Question marks remain about quarterback Dak Prescott and a space-eating defensive tackle, which I intend to get to, but today I want to go over the safety market that could be saturated to the point where the Cowboys almost have to make a move.

The team could opt to re-sign safety Xavier Woods but his comments about not going full speed did not sit right with many and a change of scenery would probably benefit both parties.

Safeties come in all different shapes and sizes so I implore you to not make the same mistake I did when evaluating the position. I used to want the prototypical size and length but undersized players like Arizona’s Budda Baker has shown me that size is just a number.

With that said, I am looking to see which safety can excel in both cover one and cover three. Those are the main coverages new Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn likes to run. With Cowboy’s safety, Donovan Wilson steadily improving, the position that needs the most attention is a free safety that has the range to roam the back end of the defense.

This year’s safety market has the different sizes I eluded to earlier but the position is surprisingly youthful. All five safeties we are going to go through are all either entering or have just entered their prime football years.

Sure, some of the candidates might not be available but that is still top be determined by their current ball clubs. The franchise tag for the safety position might be too high for some teams to apply especially with the uncertainty of a smaller salary cap.

Either way, there should be plenty of opportunities for the front office to fill what feels like a need that has lingered for longer than I could have imagined.