5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Dallas Cowboys Should Avoid At All Costs
Jason Garrett - Dallas Cowboys
As you may have heard, the Cowboys are about $24 million over the salary cap, and must find a way to get under that cap if they are going to be allowed to compete in 2014. Given that most Cowboys fans don’t know much about the salary cap situation, I took the time to put together an article explaining the moves that the Cowboys can make to get under the salary cap.
Unlike other teams, the Cowboys will not have the luxury of spending lavishly during the free agency signing period this offseason, but if, and when they do; they must spend wisely. As I discussed earlier during the offseason, in the 5 biggest free agency moves that the Cowboys can make in 2014, there are some guys out there who could be bargains, and that could easily add depth to the Cowboys roster.
As fans, it is easy to fall in love with household names, and I can’t blame you for doing so. Every fan wants their team to go after players whom with we are familiar. However, and as the Cowboys can attest to, it’s not always the right move.
As the Cowboys get ready for free agency and the 2014 NFL Draft, here are 5 overrated NFL free agents the Dallas Cowboys should avoid at all costs.
Based on talent, Richie Incognito would be an upgrade over incumbent starters Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary. However, I think the Cowboys are better off without introducing Valley Ranch to a potential locker room cancer as is the case with Incognito.
While it’s true that the Cowboys could use depth at running back, Darren McFadden is not the guy for the job. Aside from one good season as a pro, McFadden has been a huge bust. If the Cowboys are looking to add running back depth, they need to look elsewhere.
At just 26-years-old, Malcolm Jenkins is probably going to get a nice contract from a team that values potential more than actual production. Jenkins graded out badly against the run in 2013 according to Pro Football Focus, and wasn’t much better against the pass registering just five passes defended and two interceptions.
The Cowboys could certainly use a guy like Charles Tillman in the secondary. He is a turnover causing machine and would know Rod Marinelli’s system better than any of the current players, but knocking on 33 and coming off of a season-ending injury in 2013, the Cowboys would be better off developing Morris Claiborne and B.W. Webb.
A soon to be 32-year-old, Jared Allen said he’d rather retire than accept a situational pass rusher role with a team. Unfortunately for Allen, I don’t think that he’s going to find a team that will offer him a more significant role than that.