While some may say that the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest needs this offseason are along the offensive line, there’s one need that many seem to be overlooking with free agency and the 2013 NFL Draft just around the corner.
That need is at safety, one of the Cowboys defense’s weakest links.
Currently sporting a rotation of subpar safeties, the Cowboys have a liability that must be dealt with this offseason. It’s bad enough to where even Dallas vice president Stephen Jones publically announced his concern at the position.
“If there is a need on defense to me the biggest need is going to be safety. You get Church coming off an Achilles and obviously we really like everything we saw in Matt Johnson other than he couldn’t get healthy. We still don’t know about him but we like him a lot and we would still spend a fourth round pick on him if not higher knowing what we know. But when you got two young guys coming off injuries you can’t count on that.”
Three of the Cowboys’ other four safeties, Danny McCray, Charlie Peprah and Eric Frampton, could all walk via free agency this offseason. Meanwhile, their 2012 starting free safety Gerald Sensabaugh could be replaced and is considered a candidate for release.
If all four are no longer with the Cowboys in 2013, that would leave Barry Church and Johnson as the only safeties under contract. And considering that Dallas already has a salary situation on their hands, the only logical route to fill the void is via the draft.
More than likely, the Cowboys will be searching early and often for safety talent when the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around in late April. One way or another, they’ll have to address the safety position, one of the roster’s biggest flaws heading into the 2013 campaign.