As teams across the NFL were making big free agency moves last week the Cowboys were sitting in idle and waiting for the dust to settle. The Cowboys had interest in some players but not at their asking price. Dallas was content letting Earl Thomas and Landon Collins sign elsewhere to large contracts so that they could pick up the value in the second wave of free agency. The low-cost, value players and players with possible upside are now the hot commodity in free agency and the Cowboys are looking to get in on the action.
News broke Monday morning that there was a familiar name visiting Dallas and it just so happens that he fits a need on the team. That player was former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb. Cobb was once a huge receiving threat for Aaron Rogers but has digressed to some degree in recent years and has also had some injury concerns. Even so, Cobb is still a solid veteran WR that would plug into Cole Beasley‘s recently vacated slot role and possibly find new life in the revamped Cowboys offense alongside WR’s Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. He would immediately improve the receiving corp and provide a veteran presence to the young offensive players at a discount.
It was later reported that the Cowboys brought in former Indianapolis Colts Safety Clayton Geathers on Monday as well. This is also a position the Cowboys must address at some point in free agency. Geathers was a captain on the Colts defense and had his best season yet in 2018 from the Strong Safety spot with 89 tackles. The 26 year old safety could plug in immediately at Strong Safety and allow Xavier Woods to be a ballhawk over the top at Free Safety. Geathers would be an immediate upgrade over Jeff Heath and wouldn’t come at a steep cost.
The Cowboys weren’t done there. They actually signed someone to provide Defensive End depth and who could possibly be very productive opposite Demarcus Lawrence. The player was former Detroit Lions Defensive End Kerry Hyder Jr. Hyder was selected to the Pro Bowl after his breakout 2016 season, where he racked up 8 sacks. In 2017 Hyder tore his achilles in the preseason and missed all of 2017 and only had one sack in 7 games in 2018. If Hyder can stay healthy he has proven that he can play at a Pro Bowl level and could be a tremendous weapon opposite Tank Lawrence. The Cowboys have addressed another hole in their roster with a low cost, high upside player. I love the move by Dallas.
After the productive day, more news came out about Cowboys free agency visits. This Tuesday former Kansas City Chiefs Safety Eric Berry will visit Dallas. From 2010-2016 Berry was one of the top safeties in the NFL and came back from cancer in the middle of it all. He’s a great story of resiliency and obviously has what it takes to be a great player in the back end of Dallas’ defense…if he stays healthy. The problem is over the past two seasons he hasn’t done that. He has only played 3 games in the past 2 seasons due to achilles and heel injuries. That is a major risk to take on by the Cowboys. If Berry could return to his Pro Bowl form he could be a steal but it would be a big risk to take on. He could either immediately make Dallas’ secondary much better or be a waste of cap room and never play a game for the Cowboys. That being said I would love to see Berry return to his former glory and make plays for the Cowboy defense.
The last bit of free agency buzz today regarded another Tuesday visitor. Former Seattle Seahawks Defensive Tackle Malik McDowell. McDowell was a former 2nd round pick by the Seahawks in 2017 but has never played a game for Seattle. He was involved in a serious ATV accident before his rookie year and has never seen the field, and Seattle has decided to move on from him to save cap room. Dallas already signed a DT in Christian Covington last week, but they could use more help and McDowell is an interesting player. He has never stepped foot on the field but you don’t get picked 35 overall and not have talent. If he could get past his injuries that have held him back and return to how he played at Michigan State he could be a dirt cheap addition to the defense with unlimited potential.
Cowboys fans are rejoicing now that Dallas is making some free agency noise, and rightly so. There are great bargain players on the market right now that can help Dallas make a run at a super bowl. The ‘boys are doing their homework and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another signing come soon from the pool of visitors the Cowboys are hosting this week. Time will tell, but make sure to follow @americas_team_news on instagram to stay up to date with all of the news and signings as they happen!