4 free agents from the Super Bowl for the Cowboys to consider
3. Jessie Bates III, S, Cincinnati Bengals
If a safety can grab an interception on the biggest stage in the NFL, it seems like that safety would be a guy you can count on. That’s what the Cowboys can get with Jessie Bates. Dallas should be very concerned about the secondary in free agency. Damontae Kazee, Jayron Kearse, and Malik Hooker are all set to be free agents. The Cowboys have long ignored the safety position and now could be the time to grab a big-time player with skills worthy of his price tag.
With those three names potentially leaving, there is simply no way you can leave that position in the hands of Israel Mukuamu and Donovan Wilson. Plus, America’s Team hasn’t drafted a safety in the first two rounds since 2002 (Roy Williams), so why not get your talent in the free agent market?
At this point, the only way the Bengals can keep Bates is if they use the franchise tag on him. With the Bengals refusing to make a contract for him, Bates likely isn’t happy with the organization anyway. Spotrac has Bates market value at a lofty $14 million a year. But, to be realistic, Bates is actually coming off his worst year in the league. He had fewer interceptions and combined tackles this year than any other year since his 2018 rookie season.
Maybe that will help the Cowboys get this safety for a better price. Ironically, Chidobe Awuzie, a former Cowboy, seemed to outshine Bates this year. While his 2021 wasn’t as good as his 2020, there is no denying Bates still has immense potential. Dallas would be wise to get rid of their middle-tier talent and replace those players with a cornerback that has Super Bowl experience.