For the first time in a while, the Dallas Cowboys do not have a glaring need at any one position. But here are some players they may target in free agency.
Let’s get one thing straight: The Dallas Cowboys have a solid roster. Unlike recent years, the Cowboys could not pick up anyone in free agency and still be pretty good. However, in the NFL, if you are not getting better you’re getting worse. So here are some players that the Cowboys may target in free agency this offseason that could make a major impact:
1. Earl Thomas–Safety–Seattle Seahawks
This is not a groundbreaking thought. All of Cowboys Nation is thinking this. The Cowboys should interest in the veteran safety in last year’s draft. They thought about trading a second round pick to Seattle for Thomas, but ended up selecting left guard Connor Williams. Then into the season, the Cowboys actually offered a second round pick for Thomas, but the Seahawks turned down the offer.
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Thomas is a playmaking safety with transcendent range and instincts. In the 2018 season, the veteran defender recorded three interceptions in only four games (two of which came against the Cowboys). He has a nack at being where he is supposed to be and creating turnovers. Thomas is one of the last men standing from the “Legion of Boom” defense and has made it clear that he wants to get paid.
Thomas severed all ideas about him signing back with the team when he fractured his leg. While being carted off the field, he raised a certain finger in the air at his once beloved team. Thomas has ties to Texas– he played high school and college ball in Texas (college at the University of Texas).
Maybe America’s team can get a team friendly deal with Thomas. He will want some money, make no doubt about that, but with him coming off of an injury and getting up there in age, the market may not be as generous as he believes.
The Cowboys’ safeties got better as the year went along. Young safety, Xavier Woods in particular showed great flashes towards the end of the season. With a potential Hall Of Famer in Thomas on the defense, the unit would turn from being respected, to being feared. Signing Thomas would be a “win now” type of move, and with head coach Jason Garrett’s job on the line, this might be a necessary move.
2. Adam Humphries–Wide receiver–Tampa Bay Buccaneers
This one depends on whether or not Cole Beasley is going to resign with Dallas. But for sake of argument, let’s say he does not. In that case, wide receiver might be the most important position of need. The Cowboys have two studs outside in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but who would play in the slot?
Adam Humphries out of Tampa Bay would be a great candidate to replace Beasley. Though they are both shorter white guys, and they mostly win on shorter routes, the method is completely different. Beasley is much more of a technician in route running, while Humphries is a much more explosive athlete.
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Last year, Humphries racked up 816 yards and five touchdowns on 76 catches, per Pro Football Focus. He is only going to turn 26 years old this year, so the Cowboys would get a few really good years out of him. Instead of drafting a rookie in the second round and spend years developing him, Dallas could pay a higher price tag for a plug-and-play starter with a lot of upsides.
Once again, if you are Jason Garrett, the offense has to start clicking. His mentality is winning now, so spending around 8-12 million dollars for a player that could give at least four more good years might be the right move for Garrett.
3. Rodger Saffold–Guard–Los Angeles Rams
Creating a way to protect quarterback Dak Prescott should be amongst the highest priorities for the organization. Left guard and right tackle were the two weakest areas on the offensive line. The Cowboys invested a second-round pick in Connor Williams in 2018. Though he struggled early on, he became a much better blocker as the year went.
With a year in the offseason training program, Williams should bulk up more to better play in the trenches. However, the Cowboys should think about moving him to right tackle and grabbing a savvy veteran like Saffold in free agency to play left guard.
Saffold played every game last year with the Rams (19 total), and only allowed three sacks, per PFF. Saffold would fit in perfectly with Dallas’ scheme and I guarantee you that he would make highlight blocks on screen passes to the running back. He is much more of a mauler than Williams.
He would cost a great deal, but he would be worth every penny. With Travis Frederick possibly reuniting with the offensive line, that would be a very scary interior three. The Cowboys offensive line could reclaim the name of “most feared unit in all of football”.
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