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5 Free Agents the Dallas Cowboys Should Target This Offseason

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5 Free Agents Jerry Jones Should Sign to Improve the Dallas Cowboys

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Another NFL season has come to an end, and once again the Dallas Cowboys not only missed the postseason but finished .500 yet again. The funny thing about all of this is the only person who seems okay with how the Cowboys finished is Jerry Jones.

Jones went on record stating head coach Jason Garrett was safe and he was in no rush to make decisions regarding the future of his offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator in Bill Callahan and Monte Kiffin.

I feel both Callahan and Kiffin need to be fired, and Garrett needs to be let go sooner rather than later. If Jerry doesn’t feel that way then that’s his prerogative, but at least he can attempt to bolster the Cowboys by bringing in free agents who can help get this team over the hump.

There’s no debating just how terrible Dallas’ secondary and overall defense was during the 2013 season. The Cowboys have lucrative contracts invested in Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick and Barry Church, but Jones can’t be afraid to spend more to improve the secondary.

The defensive line was actually pretty good for how many injuries the position had to deal with. DeMarcus Ware was on and off the field, and Anthony Spencer was placed on the IR early on in the season as he saw playing time in just one game. Adding depth to the defensive line should be one of the top things on Jerry’s to-do list this offseason.

Defense isn’t the only part of the team that needs improvement. Here are five free agents Jones should sign to help the Cowboys both defensively and offensively.

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5. John Kuhn

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Towards the end of the season the Cowboys signed Tyler Clutts to come in and play fullback for the team. If Dallas wants to use a fullback more often in their offense to help DeMarco Murray out, then signing John Kuhn would give Dallas one of the best fullbacks in the NFL.

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4. Hakeem Nicks

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Dez Bryant is a beast, but outside of him the Cowboys' receivers are hit and miss. Miles Austin can't stay healthy and Terrance Williams is just a rookie. Signing Hakeem Nicks would give Dallas great receiver depth, and Tony Romo's red zone touchdown passing numbers would likely improve due to Nicks' size.

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3. Jared Allen

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Defensive line injuries were a huge hassle for the Cowboys to deal with in 2013. DeMarcus Ware will be back next season to play defensive end, but who will be his counterpart? Anthony Spencer is a free agent and bringing him back at a decent price isn't a terrible idea. However, looking at Jared Allen may be an even better one. Allen is up there in age, but we all know what he's capable of. With teams having to double Ware, Allen could very well have one of his best seasons playing in Big D.

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2. Jason Hatcher

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The most consistent defensive lineman the Cowboys had in 2013 was Jason Hatcher, and there's no way Dallas can afford to let him walk in free agency. The fact he's an interior defensive lineman who can get to the quarterback makes him a must have for just about any defense in the NFL.

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1. Jairus Byrd

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The secondary for the Cowboys got burnt left and right this past season. If Jerry Jones wants to improve the unit immediately, signing a playmaking safety like Jairus Byrd would do the trick. Barry Church used to play strong safety so moving him back to that position would open the door for Byrd to come right in and help the defense right away. Plus, signing Byrd would give the Cowboys the best safety they've had since the great Darren Woodson. That is something Jones just can't afford to pass up.