Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears is still a fan of the team that drafted him in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Spears played with Dallas for eight of his nine years in the NFL. After hanging up his helmet, he took his talents to television to become an analyst. As a regular face on ESPN’s NFL Live, Spears gets to talk about the Cowboys and what is going on with the team.
Like every other member of Cowboys Nation, Spears is doing some wishing and hoping this offseason. He wants to figure out how to make a team that should have been Super Bowl contenders in 2021 even better in 2022. Everyone has their opinions about what Jerry Jones should do for the team, but not everyone has Jerry’s checkbook.
On an NFL Live segment on Monday, Spears made a wish that sadly even Jerry’s checkbook can’t handle. The analyst said he wishes more than anything that Chiefs Tyrann Mathieu could be a safety for the Cowboys. Trust us, Marcus. We all wish this. But there’s just little-to-no way it actually happens given all that is going on in Dallas this offseason. The team never seems to spend big on the secondary and with a budgetarily strict year like this one, it’s likely not going to start now.
That doesn’t mean Spears’ instinct isn’t correct though. Mathieu is an excellent safety. The 3x Pro Bowler and 3x first-team All-Pro safety has made his mark on the NFL. In 2021, Mathieu had three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, and 76 tackles. It would be a dream to watch him play with Cowboys cornerback Trevon Diggs. But the safety’s projected market value is a massive $14.8 million per year, a number the Cowboys just can’t afford.
Marcus Spears says dream scenario is for Tyrann Mathieu to be on Cowboys
Spears said that Mathieu can play at every level on defense which would pair greatly with Dan Quinn’s scheme. The analyst is literally getting giddy at the thought of Micah Parsons and Mathieu being on the same team. The former Cowboys defender goes on about his dream scenario.
"“I have a dream that Tyrann Mathieu signs with the Dallas Cowboys. I need Tyrann Mathieu to be the safety for the Dallas Cowboys. We have been starving for a safety back there. A guy that can absolutely lead the defense on the back end. With what Trevon did last year along with the defensive front with Micah Parsons. Bro I just need it. Jerry, Stephen, Will McClay… make this happen.”"
Then, good ole Dan Orlovsky comes in with the buzzkill. He tells Spears that the problem is that the “Honey Badger” wants to go play for a winning team. Spears jabs back at him by saying Orlovsky doesn’t know about winning since he played for Detroit.
Silliness aside, we wish this could happen too. We wish the Cowboys would start spending money on big-name free agents instead of constantly shopping the bargain bin. But, they won’t. Unfortunately, Spears and us will have to keep dreaming.