3 quick fixes for Cowboys’ linebacker depth after DeMarvion Overshown injury

The Cowboys must pivot after DeMarvion Overshown's season-ending knee injury.
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There were a lot of positives to take from the Dallas Cowboys' preseason loss to the Seahawks Saturday night, but the injury to DeMarvion Overshown was a wet blanket on all of them, including Jalen Tolbert's performance.

The initial fear was that Overshown suffered a torn ACL and his MRI confirmed that, per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

After an impressive training camp and preseason, it felt inevitable Dan Quinn would find a role for Overshown's athleticism. Now, Dallas is razor thin at linebacker behind starters Leighton Vander Esch and Damone Clark.

With that, let's take a look at some quick fixes for Dan Quinn.

3. Look outside the organization

There will be a lot of calls in light of this news for the Cowboys to sign a veteran free agent, and understandably so. Behind Vander Esch and Clark, who's only entering year two, Dallas doesn't have much experience at linebacker.

A simple solution would be to sign a vet who has experience in a system similar to Quinn's. At this point on the NFL calendar, though, beggars can't be choosers. Any experience would suffice.

It's impossible not to point to Anthony Barr as a potential signing. He started 10 games for the Cowboys last season and produced 58 tackles, four QB hits, two fumble recoveries and 26 run stops, per PFF. He didn't fare well in coverage and looked a step slow at times, but his familiarity with the coaching staff and locker room are as good as fans could hope for in late August.

Jermaine Carter and Damien Wilson are other options in free agency.