I figured I would throw a curveball and here it is. Most of you thought that I would place another defensive position here but what the Cowboys need is another quarterback.
If Dak Prescott were to get hurt again, what are the Cowboys going to do at quarterback? Cooper Rush, Garrett Gilbert, and Ben DiNucci will all probably head to training camp so that the team can get a good look at everyone on the roster but it is looking increasingly clear that this group is temporary solutions.
That is not a knock on those guys as they are very important to the everyday grind of building a football team but how comfortable are you with two journeymen and a second-year seventh-round pick?
The intent is to bring in an experienced guy to be a backup but one that wouldn’t cost as much as some of these other teams are paying for backup men. Andy Dalton’s deal last year was a perfect example of the team finding opportunities and I think the team can make lightning strike twice.
Alex Smith was not retained by the Washington team and I think he can be the perfect backup here in Dallas. First, he has a wonderful story and has become an inspiration to not only injured NFL players but military personnel as well.
We all know that Jerry Jones loves a great story so this fits in well with selling the brand. Smith also played very well when he was given the opportunity. It might be tempting for him to go to Jacksonville and reunite with his college coach but it would only be a temporary solution.
Smith in Dallas would allow him to continue to work on himself while also becoming a candidate to go someplace else to start in 2022. Andy Dalton is the supposed starter in Chicago so don’t ever underestimate the importance of the quarterback position.
Not having a quarterback makes general managers do crazy things and Alex Smith can capitalize on that by coming to Dallas for a year. This would allow the team to continue to evaluate their own guys and see if the DiNucci experiment was worth the selection.
There is a steep drop-off after Smith so if the team doesn’t like Smith but opt for a veteran signal-caller, get used to names like Nick Mullins, Robert Griffin III, Blaine Gabbert, and Chase Daniel.
The Cowboys still have work to do but as you can see, there are plenty of free agents still available. It will all come down to fit and price.