In a move to create cap space, the Dallas Cowboys parted ways with longtime starting safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
Until then, the Cowboys didn’t have a pressing need in the secondary. I mean, the team can always improve the talent, but they were sitting pretty with Sensabaugh and Barry Church penciled in as the starters for 2013. However, the move to cut Sensabaugh has created a need for a starting safety or so it would appear.
I have been critical of Cowboys’ owner and general manager Jerry Jones as of late. Specifically, because of the head-scratching moves he makes regarding players and personnel, but I think this move is one of the better ones he’s made in quite some time. No disrespect to Sensabaugh, I thought he was a serviceable safety who did his job, but didn’t do it very well.
This move, at least in my eyes, also restores some faith in head coach Jason Garrett and his evaluation of talent. For weeks, I feared that Jones had stripped Garrett of all his duties and responsibilities as the head coach, including talent evaluation. However, this move does not happen if Jones does not have any confidence left in Garrett and his ability to evaluate talent.
I see this as a step forward for the Cowboys in that they are finally developing talent through the draft. This is something that is and should be exciting for Cowboys fans. Garrett has a process, and it may have taken a little while, but we’re starting to see that process produce results.
I’m hopeful that at this time next year we can look back at this move and add Matt Johnson to the list of players, which Garrett has drafted to be the core of his team.