5 safeties the Cowboys could dive into free agency for

Denver Broncos free safety Justin Simmons Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Justin Simmons

The Denver Broncos are going to have a huge decision to make very soon regarding safety Justin Simmons. The safety just completed the 2020 season under the franchise tag and is the only franchised player represented by agent Todd France that did not suffer a season-ending injury this past season.

The other two are quarterback Dak Prescott and Pittsburgh’s pass rusher Bud Dupree. Why do I bring that up? I would imagine it is only going to be that much more difficult to get a deal done by that current team. The Prescott negotiations might also prevent the Cowboys from even having preliminary talks.

The give and take that will no doubt happen for the Dallas Cowboys in the Prescott negotiations will have an underlying effect if the Cowboys want to jump into the Simmons sweepstakes.

Simmons the player is a larger safety that has the range to play the back end but can also be used to disguise and interchange coverages the way it is intended to in a Quinn defense.

He also has the ability to come up and provide run support but the best trait he carries is he has experience playing special teams. It feels like an anomaly to see star players play special teams but Simmons can provide that if needed.

As a young teenager, I would always see Cowboys safety Darren Woodson in on special teams plays and it made me want to do the same when I got to football practice. I always thought that if a star player can play on that side of the ball then nobody has an excuse why they can’t.

That type of mentality is sorely needed in Big D and although times have changed with most bigger name players no longer on special teams, a willing player that would is a great way to change the culture.