5 Free Agents the Dallas Cowboys Can Still Add
Jerry Jones Needs Free Agency to Fix The Cowboys
Jerry Jones has been a busy man this offseason. In March, he signed quarterback Tony Romo to a six-year, $108 million deal. Investing in the mercurial Romo may have been a mistake, but there weren’t many better options. Jones decided to roll the dice on Romo. Jones has clearly pushed all his chips to the center of the table where Romo is concerned. Now he must find help for his embattled quarterback.
Last year Jones claimed he would fire a general manager who performed as poorly as he has during his tenure as a Dallas Cowboys general manager. It’s not too late Jerry.
On draft day, Jones shocked draft experts, choosing Wisconsin center Travis Fredrick with their first round pick. Most projected Fredrick as a third round pick. Jones did well by signing former Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant, but the rest of his moves (or lack thereof) have been puzzling. The Cowboys’ roster is often injured, aging and lacking depth.
The Cowboys have been .500 over the last two seasons. During that time, they have outscored their opponents by a grand total of two points. The Cowboys have been mediocre at best and still have many needs to be addressed on both sides of the ball. At this point in the offseason, the best any team can hope for is to plug holes and add depth.
The Cowboys haven’t been to the postseason since 2009. If they are to return, here are five players who could help them get there.
5. Eric Winston
Winston and the Cowboys flirted this offseason, but have been unable to seal the proverbial deal. Winston is a solid starting right tackle and a substantial upgrade over current right tackle, Doug Free. Jerry Jones recently invested $108 million in Tony Romo, it would be in is best interest to keep him upright.
4. Quintin Mikell
In 2012, the Cowboys ranked 29th in defensive passer rating, allowing opposing quarterbacks a 94.7 rating. New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s famed Tampa two relies heavily on strong safety play and currently the Cowboys are sorely lacking in that area. Mikell a former pro bowler, would immediately contend for a starting job.
3. Brandon Lloyd
The wide receiver position is one of the strengths of the Cowboys, however, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant frequently find themselves on the injury report. At worst, the Cowboys need depth at the position, and giving Tony Romo another weapon can’t be a bad thing.
2. Ahmad Bradshaw
Bradshaw’s injury history may have scared off potential suitors but it shouldn’t. Despite missing two games Bradshaw still rushed for 1,015 yards last season. Bradshaw won’t need to carry the load for the boys, he can be an insurance policy for explosive, but injury prone Demarco Murray.
1. Tim Tebow
Wait, don’t laugh. Tim Tebow may be a subpar quarterback, but he is an outstanding football player. Tebow’s curse is that his popularity doesn’t match his ability. There is always drama in Dallas; Tebow would just be another chapter. Tebow could be a Trojan horse of sorts, drawing media attention away from Romo. On the field, Tebow can be very effective in a limited role.