The Dallas Cowboys made a big move on their roster today and I’m not talking about franchising Anthony Spencer. I’m talking about the release of veteran safety Gerald Sensabaugh who spent the past four seasons with the team.
Make no mistake about it Sensabaugh has been a nice player for the Cowboys in the past few years but his release is not a big issue for the Cowboys. He had brought stability to the position for Dallas’ secondary but rarely did Sensabaugh make any big plays, which is something the safety is asked to do in Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2. The loss of Sesnabaugh saved cap room for the Cowboys and allowed them to use the franchise tag on Spencer, which is a win for the Cowboys.
The obvious question now is, what do the Cowboys do at safety? Dallas has no real veteran presence at the position and their best player, Barry Church, is coming off of a torn Achilles, so the Cowboys must certainly address the position. The Cowboys could use the draft and select a safety in April since the 2013 class is deep with safeties but there isn’t a can’t miss prospect. The best one the group is Kenny Vaccaro from Texas and he didn’t exactly light up the Combine, so the Cowboys are gambling that one of the rookies can make an impact.
Dallas can also look to free agency for a safety and there are some intriguing options there with Ed Reed, William Moore and Charles Woodson set to hit the market on March 12. Of that group, Moore would make a nice fit in Dallas and is coming off of his best season with 75 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles but he will likely be too expensive for the Cowboys.
Looking at the Cowboys roster, they only have one solid player in Church and the rest of their safeties are considered more role players than starters. However, as I wrote a few weeks ago, I really like the potential of Matt Johnson and his game is a lot like John Lynch, which fits with Monte Kiffin. The problem is the Cowboys don’t know for sure if Johnson can play since he spent his rookie year recovering from injuries.
It isn’t the ideal situation for the Cowboys to be in at the safety position but Sensabaugh was an average player who can easily be replaced. The scary part is we don’t know who will do the replacing yet but give it time and we should see the Cowboys won’t miss much without Sensabaugh in the back end of their defense.
Right now the Cowboys safety position is anything but ‘safe.’
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