It was clear the injury bug didn’t leave with Rob Ryan this offseason when Tyrone Crawford became the latest Dallas Cowboys defender to go down. Crawford suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a non-contact drill on Sunday — the Cowboys’ first day of training camp. Now with an empty roster spot, cap room to spare and John Abraham still available, Dallas would be foolish not to sign the veteran as an insurance policy if nothing else.
Over half the Cowboys’ starting defenders missed significant time due to injury in 2012 and although Crawford is still a backup, he was considered a breakout candidate heading into the 2013 NFL season. With Anthony Spencer now playing defensive end of the first time in his pro career, there could easily be an opportunity for a younger player to step in and steal the spotlight at any slip by the franchise-tagged Spencer. But now Dallas needs a savvy veteran who would guarantee no steps backward in that situation with Crawford now sidelined, and to say Abraham fits the bill is an understatement.
Sure, Abraham is 35, but he recorded double-digit sacks for the seventh time in his career last year while leading the Atlanta Falcons to the NFC title game. A player with that experience, talent and gas left in the tank is exactly what the Cowboys need now and with training camps already started across the NFL, Abraham’s price could be perfect for Dallas.
The Cowboys have just under $9 million left in salary cap space for the 2013 season and the team must be cautious regarding its cap situation because that’s going to be pretty hairy in 2014 with all the back-loaded contracts, but there’s enough to bring in Abraham for at least the 2013 season to ensure there’s no defensive disaster again this year. Put simply, the Cowboys would be foolish not to at least inquire about Abraham’s services at this point.