At this point in the NFL offseason, most of the top 2022 free agents have already been signed. The Dallas Cowboys were rumored to be favorites for stars like Von Miller and Bobby Wagner, but none of those came to fruition. That being said, there are still a handful of players out there on both sides of the ball who are still looking for homes for this season.
Some big-name stars like Ndamukong Suh and Odell Beckham Jr. still haven’t signed contracts for next year. However, there is one player that experts continue to believe would be a great fit with the Cowboys. That player is linebacker Anthony Barr.
At the beginning of June, ESPN insider Bill Barnwell suggested that the Cowboys should jump on the former Viking to get another versatile defender on the roster. Barr is not only great in a traditional linebacker role, but he could also give Dallas an additional edge rusher after the loss of Randy Gregory.
Now, a month later, Barr is still on the market, and Barnwell isn’t the only NFL analyst who thinks the Cowboys should add the 30-year-old. Bleacher Report released an article predicting where the top remaining free agents should sign and they believed Barr should also go to Dallas.
Several NFL analysts and experts believe the Cowboys should sign free agent LB Anthony Barr
Barr has dealt with some injury issues in the past few years, but so have Leighton Vander Esch and Jabril Cox. Getting this veteran piece on an affordable one-year deal would be wise for the front office. It would only help pad a linebacker depth chart that currently, aside from Micah Parsons, has a variety of question marks in terms of both injury and experience.
When healthy, the eight-year veteran is excellent. He has four Pro Bowl nods to his name to go along with 17.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and almost 500 tackles. The 6-5, 257-pound linebacker’s versatility would make him a wise addition to the Cowboys’ defense.
Here is what Bleacher Report had to say about the fit:
"The Cowboys would have the option to deploy him as an extra pass-rusher on the edge or in a more traditional linebacker role. That versatility could come in handy for a Dallas squad that may need flexibility. The team has a handful of injury-prone defenders on the roster and is already missing several talents in the linebacking corps.Leighton Vander Esch has a long history of ailments, Jabril Cox is coming off a torn ACL that limited him to just seven games as a rookie, Devante Bond will be out for 2022 after suffering a knee injury at OTAs and Damone Clark could miss a significant chunk of his rookie campaign as he works his way back from a neck issue.Picking up a player like Barr, who has availability concerns of his own, may inject more risk into an already shaky linebacking corps. However, the potential of Barr returning to form makes the risk worth it, especially if they can get the 30-year-old on a cheap deal."
What is holding the Joneses back from making more external free agency moves? With holes to fill on the roster, you’d think they’d take more advantage of the fact that there are players out there who, at this point, they can get to boost the roster at a serious bargain. With the season only two months away, it’s time to start making moves.