The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of free agency decisions to make this off-season, including backup strong safety Danny McCray, who filled in nicely for starter Barry Church, who missed most of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. McCray isn’t a big-money or franchise-changing player, but he’s a superb backup safety who can be relied on when needed and it’s almost impossible to find good secondary depth in the NFL these days. The Cowboys would be wise to bring back McCray, who is a restricted free agent.
Of course, being a restricted free agent doesn’t guarantee a player will return. The Cowboys have watched several such players walk in recent years, so it won’t be a shock if McCray is allowed to leave. However, that shouldn’t be the case.
Again, McCray is not a big-time player, but he quietly gets the job done while occasionally making a big play or two. You literally can’t buy a backup defensive back like that these days, especially at a position with which the Cowboys have had so many healthy issues. Church is no lock to be the player he was when he returns even though he already has a well-deserved new contract. Speculation around Valley Ranch is Matt Johnson might take McCray’s spot for financial reasons, but he was a mistake in the 2012 NFL Draft and Dallas knows it. However, Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones probably doesn’t know what he has in McCray and why would he? He doesn’t have a clue about anything else personnel-wise.
McCray is a very cheap option to ensure the Cowboys’ secondary doesn’t completely fall apart in the midst of injuries and he proved that this past season. Dallas would be foolish to get rid of him, yet that’s probably what will happen. You wouldn’t expect anything else right, Cowboys fans?