A player the Dallas Cowboys should sign in free agency
The NFL free agency has been underway for about a week now and many teams have signed big-name players. However, the Dallas Cowboys have been fairly quiet with their signings thus far. The Cowboys’ biggest signing was former Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal who signed a one-year deal.
Nonetheless, Dallas is likely not done yet in free agency. Their secondary still needs help even after the Neal signing. With safety Xavier Woods becoming an unrestricted free agent, the Cowboys will probably need to replace the four-year veteran.
As a result, the Cowboys might look to add another safety to bolster their defense. There are still plenty of talented players that remain free agents in the secondary, most of which would likely help improve a defense that ranked 28th in the NFL in 2020, per lineups.com.
What safety should the Dallas Cowboys sign?
The Dallas Cowboys might look to sign at least one more solid defensive player to add to their secondary. They even have scheduled upcoming free agent visits with safeties Malik Hooker and Damontae Kazee, according to cbssports.com.
As a result, the Cowboys will likely capitalize on signing one of these solid safeties. Both safeties are coming off season-ending injuries so Dallas might be able to sign them for a cheaper price. Nonetheless, the player that they should sign is Damontae Kazee.
Although former Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker might be considered the better player of the two, injuries have always been a problem in his career, even dating back to college. In college, Hooker tore his labrum in his hip which required surgery.
Then, in the NFL, he has struggled to stay on the field for a full 16 game season. Through Hooker’s short four-year career, the former first-round pick has played in only 36 out of 64 possible games.
In his rookie season, he tore his ACL and MCL which required him to miss the last nine games of the season. In 2019, Hooker tore his meniscus and then last season, tore his Achilles. Although the former Ohio State star arguably has the potential to be an elite safety in the league, his injuries should be a reason why Dallas stays away from him.
Consequently, Dallas should be all in on the former Atlanta Falcons safety Damontae Kazee. For starters, he has direct ties to current Cowboys defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn. Quinn, the former head coach of the Falcons, coached Kazee for four seasons.
Additionally, the Cowboys arguably don’t have a player in the secondary who can make plays on every down. Kazee can be that type of player for the Dallas Cowboys, someone who can make plays and get turnovers.
Kazee can be considered a ball hawk in the NFL. The 27-year-old vet led the league in interceptions (7) in 2018 and added three more the following year. His combined 10 picks in two seasons were the same amount of interceptions the Cowboys had the whole 2020 season.
Adding Kazee could give Dallas an upgrade in the interception department. Furthermore, the former fifth-round pick can give the Cowboys a boost in the tackling department as well. In 2018, he had a career-high 82 tackles and added 74 more the following season.
Tackling could have been seen as a huge letdown for the Cowboys last season, but Kazee can improve that almost immediately. Although Kazee is coming off a season-ending torn Achilles, he is expected to be ready for training camp in July, per cbssports.com.
Kazee seems like the most logical fit for the Dallas Cowboys. He has experience working with Dan Quinn and working alongside his former teammate Keanu Neal. Assuming that there are no setbacks with his recovery over the next couple of months, his skills can be pivotal for a Dallas defense that needs help.