Now that the 2021 football season is officially over it is truly time to start looking ahead. Sadly for the Dallas Cowboys, the team has been looking ahead since January 16. Now, the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals need to think about next year as well. The Rams have 19 free agents, the Bengals have 25 free agents, and the Cowboys have 24 free agents hitting the market shortly.
With players in numerous positions potentially leaving or being cut by the Cowboys, Dallas has many positional needs to fill before the 2022 season begins. America’s Team needs assistance on the offensive line, defensive line, and in the secondary. Plus, they have a lot of choices to make when it comes to which wide receivers they will keep, trade, or cut. While we would love to welcome Odell Beckham Jr. to Dallas, the future is currently up in the air after NFL’s Ian Rapoport confirmed OBJ tore his ACL in the Super Bowl.
There’s clearly a lot of talent on both Super Bowl teams. But which available free agents could be good fits for the Cowboys? Keep in mind that Jerry Jones and his team need to make a lot of cuts and decisions in order to make things work. Some of these players have bigger price tags, but their level of play may be worth cutting current players. Let’s take a look at who they are.
4 free agents from the Super Bowl who could fill positional needs for the Cowboys
4. Austin Corbett, G, Los Angeles Rams
Austin Corbett is an excellent option to replace free agent Connor Williams. The former second-round pick had an incredibly rough year in Dallas. He led the league in holding penalties and was benched at one point in the season and replaced with Connor McGovern (who wasn’t all that much better). It is highly unlikely that the Cowboys re-sign Williams.
Spotrac predicts that Williams will be worth $12.3 million a year on a four-year contract. Sadly, the once-promising offensive linemen seems like the easiest goodbye of this offseason for Dallas. In his place, the Cowboys would be wise to pick up Austin Corbett. This guy will be a no-doubt starter who can help the rushing game that saw massive struggles towards the end of last season.
PFF predicts that Corbett is worth about $9.25 million a year and would also likely sign a four-year contract. Corbett did not miss a single snap for the Rams last year and has experience at both center and guard. After a rough start to his pro career with the Browns, the guard has turned his trajectory around becoming a reliable starter. The current Ram has also stayed away from the IR, which is always a plus.
This guard would make an immediate impact in Dallas and could be rotated throughout the starting line depending on where Kellen Moore wants Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and others to line up. He is a versatile and smart choice.