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5 Underrated Free Agents The Dallas Cowboys Should Target This Offseason

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5 Underrated Free Agents The Dallas Cowboys Should Pursue

Five Underrated Free Agents The Dallas Cowboys Should Pursue
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For the past several years, the Dallas Cowboys have struggled in a big way to get over the playoff hump in the NFC East playoff race. Last season was no exception, as the team finished the year 8-8 while finishing in second place in the division behind the Philadelphia Eagles.

A big reason why the Cowboys struggled last year was because of their defense. The Cowboys’ defense ranked 26th in points per game and 30th in both yards per rush and passing yards in 2013. It is fitting then, that the team will be looking to improve the most on the defensive side of the ball in both the draft and free agency this year.

Free agency is first on the list, and the Cowboys will need to be thrifty on the open market to try and turn their misfortunes around in both the secondary and up front. Unfortunately, the team will have very little cap space to work with as they have a large amount of space tied up in players like Tony Romo, Demarcus Ware and Brandon Carr among others. In fact, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the team is projected to be about $30 million over the cap when free agency starts.

To remedy that situation, the Cowboys will have to restructure several player contracts and make some cuts prior to free agency to make some room. Even in doing that, the team will not be able to sign any big name marquis free agents this year. They will have to rely on finding some diamond-in-the-rough players who can turn into superstars for low cost. Pursuing the following five underrated free agents in March could be a first step in rebuilding their team to compete in 2014.

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5. Mike Adams

Mike Adams
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Mike Adams was perhaps the only bright spot for the Denver Broncos defensively in Super Bowl XLVII, registering six tackles in the game. The veteran safety, who had one interception, 63 tackles and seven passes defensed this past season, would give the Cowboys some much needed help at a position where they were weak in 2013.

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4. Pat Angerer

Pat Angerer
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Pat Angerer has been a very good player for the Indianapolis Colts when healthy throughout his career. Unfortunately, staying on the field has been a big problem for him the past two years, as he has missed 10 games in the past two seasons combined. If he can stay healthy and the team was to sign him, the Cowboys would be getting a linebacker that is very good in defending both the run and the pass. The best part is that due to his injury concerns, he could come at a reasonable price for the team.

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3. Kyle Love

Kyle Love
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Kyle Love is a very good run stuffing defensive tackle who last played for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013. Best known for his days backing up Vince Wilfork for the New England Patriots, Love would provide valuable depth at DT behind Jason Hatcher in big D, assuming the team re-signs him, of course.

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2. Sam Shields

Sam Shields
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Sam Shields is a fast cornerback with good ball skills who has spent his entire career to this point with the Green Bay Packers. While the Cowboys are far from awful at the cornerback position, Morris Claiborne has not exactly lit the world on fire since being drafted in the first round in 2012, and Orlando Scandrick has been inconsistent throughout his career. Signing Shields would, at the very least, bring some added depth to the position for the Cowboys. It is more likely, however, that if he was signed, he would compete for the team's No. 2 cornerback job.

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1. Jason Worilds

Jason Worilds
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Jason Worilds, an under-the-radar linebacker who has served as a backup thus far in his career, is looking to make an impact for a team this year as a starter. The Cowboys' defense was a train wreck this past season and signing Worilds would instantly help their pass rush as he had eight sacks, 63 tackles, two forced fumbles, and one pass defensed as a rotational player in 2013 for the Pittsburgh Steelers.