Now that the Scouting Combine is about to start, there will be tons of quotes coming from the Cowboys' brass. Usually, what the Cowboys say in the offseason isn't far off from how they will operate. Stephen Jones dropped this gem when asked about his approach to free agency.
"I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it," Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together."
At 30, Ayers is not going to grab top-dollar on the open market. However, on a really bad defense in 2015, Ayers walked away with 41 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. If the Cowboys move on from Jeremy Mincey and Greg Hardy as expected, Ayers is a guy that can still offer production and could really help bolster the Cowboys defensive line. With DeMarcus Lawrence likely taking over at right end, it makes sense to add a bridge player on the left that has versatility and production. He most likely could be had on a modest two or three-year deal.
Regardless what the Cowboys do with Brandon Carr or Morris Claiborne, they need to start thinking about re-tooling their secondary around Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick. Boykin will be a less expensive option and is still youthful. Boykin has played more of a backup role but was once a very highly-touted cornerback. Though the Eagles got him in the fourth round, nobody has done much to develop him. He's shown the ability to read quarterbacks and in limited playing time has eight career interceptions. Here is a chance for the Cowboys to take a chance on some young, cheap, with a ton of upside.
One Big Deal:
"You never say never," Jones said. "I think sometimes there are necessities that you need to jump out and do some things. Hopefully, you’re not really needing to have something that you’re paying a good player like he’s a great player. We’ve done it before. It doesn’t mean we won’t do it ever again, but you try not to."