Before Friday, the Dallas Cowboys only had four safeties on the roster, only one of which started a game for the silver and blue in 2012. The Cowboys parted ways with Gerald Sensabaugh earlier this offseason in a cap space-saving move and added NFL veteran Will Allen, but Barry Church remained the only Cowboys veteran on the depth chart. Then Danny McCray signed his one-year, $1.3 million restricted free agent tender, ensuing Dallas will not go into the 2013 NFL season cold at free safety.
McCray started 10 games for the Cowboys at strong safety in 2012 with Church sidelined, but he’ll likely see some time at free safety. That has to be the case, otherwise Dallas wouldn’t have brought him back after the addition of Allen and considering the fact 2012 fourth-round pick Matt Johnson is still on the roster.
McCray is not Pro Bowler, but he’s a dynamite backup safety with the potential to develop into a starter down the road. With him on the roster, the Cowboys can now begin to work him in with the free safeties if they choose to do that, and create a position battle between him and Allen, just like they did with Church and Brodney Pool last offseason. That would be ideal because it would give the team an idea of what Allen can do after a decade in the league and it would also show the Cowboys’ coaching staff exactly what McCray is worth at this point. Of course, all of that remains to be seen, but having McCray on the roster at this point in the offseason is definitely a plus.