Dallas Cowboys: 4 free agents that actually make sense
By Tyrone Starr
Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal – Safeties
Both former Atlanta Falcons starting safeties are hitting the free-agent market in 2021. One of them should join their former head coach as part of a reunion tour in Dallas. Which one depends on what type of player you prefer.
Keanu Neal, a first-round pick in 2016, is more of your hard-hitting tackler. With eight forced fumbles and over 100 tackles in three of his five NFL seasons, Neal lays the wood in the defensive backfield.
Of course, his injury history (effectively two lost seasons in 2018 & 2019) and his lack of ball-hawking skills (just two interceptions in five years) is why he could be available for a decent price.
Damontae Kazee, on the other hand, is at his best when the ball is in the air. Kazee led the league in interceptions in 2018 with seven. He’s caused 15 turnovers in total over four seasons which would be cause for jubilation for a franchise that struggles to force teams off the field efficiently.
Kazee is coming off of a torn Achilles however so it’s unknown to what level he will return. That sort of uncertainty could play into the hands of the Cowboys though as a one-year, prove-it deal could work well for the 28-year old. A familiar scheme could make things more comfortable for him as well.
Either safety, along with the other two players listed would come cheap and upgrade the depth of the Dallas Cowboys significantly. That combination is exactly what frugal teams like Dallas will look for in free agency this year.