As we move towards free agency, which begins on March 9, we’ll take a look at all the Cowboys current unrestricted free agents in an effort to discern whether they will return or not. Today, we’ll take on a player who has frustrated fans during his time, S J.J. Wilcox.
Wilcox was drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft out of Georgia Southern. He played offense for most of his football career, switching to safety as a senior at Georgia Southern.
Case For Re-Signing
Wilcox is still young and in terms of playing defense, has not had a whole lot of experience compared to most NFL defenders. There is the hope that his play can continue to get better. In a reserve role in 2016, he played as well or better than he had any time during his time in Dallas.
Wilcox also brings a physicality to the defense that can’t be matched by any other member of the secondary. He is known for big hits. He can also play different positions on special teams. He could also come relatively cheaply.
Case For Letting Him Go
If the Cowboys re-sign Barry Church, then Wilcox will be relegated to a backup role again, and is he better than Jeff Heath in that role? Also, is he stopping the potential progress of Kavon Frazier, who seems to be a very similar player?
No one really knows if his solid play in 2016 was a fluke or not. His seasons of taking poor angles, misplaying coverages and misreading receiver routes, and basically giving up huge plays could come back. Wilcox may never be more than a rotational player who can help on special teams, but can the Cowboys get that from other safeties cheaper?
Wilcox, when playing in a limited role, was a useful piece in 2016. He also brings a physical element the Cowboys need on defense. But his track record is very inconsistent, and relying on him for long stretches can be problematic.
It’s likely the Cowboys can bring him back at a value price, but would that money best be used elsewhere?
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