By Ryan Ratty @RyanRattyNFL on March 23, 2014
Instead of spending a ton of money in the first few days of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys decided to wait and let the market set itself. This turned out to be a good idea for Cowboys as they brought in Henry Melton and quality depth players in Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain. In this article, I will name five free agents who the Cowboys should sign.
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Robert Ayers has never lived up to his first-round expectations, but that doesn't mean he isn't a productive player. At 28 years old, Ayers is still in the prime of his career. He was a good role player for the Denver Broncos in 2013, and his frame is friendly for the 4-3. Ayers had 5.5 sacks in 2013 in a limited role. He would be an upgrade over Jeremy Mincey across from George Selvie.
Jason Avant has always been an underrated player. He is a good receiver who is a dual threat. He can catch passes and make blocks in the running game. Avant would be a nice addition to this offense as it would give Tony Romo another weapon to work with. Also, Avant's veteran presence could help Terrance Williams' transition to become the No. 2 receiver in Dallas.
Thomas DeCoud is a player who has flown under the radar as a free safety for the Atlanta Falcons. It is no secret that the Cowboys are in the market for a safety, and DeCoud could play either free safety or strong safety. In my opinion, J.J. Wilcox still has a future on this team. He was bad in 2013, but he is still raw. DeCoud could be a good mentor for Wilcox, and he could provide some competition as well.
After a team wins the Super Bowl, their x-factors get poached by other teams in the NFL. O'Brien Schofield had a deal in place with the New York Giants, but it was then reported that the deal was called off. Schofield is an interesting player because he can play outside linebacker or defensive end. Rod Marinelli could work his magic with this unique player, and make him a good player for this defense.
Although he missed almost all of the 2013 season, Anthony Spencer is simply a better option than Mincey or Selvie. In 2012, Cowboy fans saw Spencer flourish in his contract year. If Dallas can sign Spencer on a one-year deal, Spencer will have a chance to prove that he is worthy of a big contract. Dallas could use another pass rusher, and Spencer could be just that.
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