3. Patrick Peterson, CB
The Dallas Cowboys secondary was really bad in 2020. This is a point that will be stressed throughout this article because it is probably the teams’ greatest need heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.
That need is only exacerbated by the fact that the team has several players in its secondary who are currently free agents including cornerback Jourdan Lewis and safety Xavier Woods. It was also recently reported that the organizations’ former second-round pick cornerback Chidobe Awuzie has been signed by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Cowboys would certainly benefit by adding a veteran to the unit as well given the youth of the teams’ current players in their secondary. Both of these needs would be addressed if the team signed cornerback Patrick Peterson.
The 30-year old has played his entire ten-year career with the Arizona Cardinals and appears to be open to other options this offseason. The eight-time Pro Bowler had three interceptions, eight pass deflections, and 61 total tackles last year. The veteran defender has also demonstrated his durability throughout his career and has only missed six games during his decade in the league.
Peterson, even at this stage in his career, is a playmaker and someone who could provide a veteran presence to the Dallas defense. It has also been reported that the accomplished veteran might be willing to move to safety, another position of need for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys are in dire need of help in the secondary. Adding a player of Peterson’s caliber would instantly bolster the unit regardless of where he plays. The fact that he is considering other options at his point should also encourage Dallas to pursue this former star.