NFL free agency has been rather quiet for the Cowboys other than a few rumors of them working the phones regarding a couple of guys.
When you look at the landscape of all the moving and the shaking, it’s hard to remember all the quality players that are still on the loose. As someone who put together quite a few free agency focus pieces, keeping in mind how the Cowboys’ approach it, here are a few players that would look good in Dallas:
Tre Boston, Free Safety
Boston is the big fish in terms of filling a need for the Cowboys at the safety position now that Byron Jones is getting a look at cornerback. Boston is coming off a career-year with 79 tackles, eight pass breakups, and five interceptions. For some reason, Boston’s name hasn’t been up at the top of the free agency list but maybe it should.
He played on a one-year deal last year with the Chargers and is only 25 years old. It’s uncertain why he’s had such a soft market but that plays into the hands of the Cowboys. Boston may just be holding on to see what happens with Earl Thomas and the Seahawks. Boston is a really good player with great instincts and he’s a perfect candidate to play that single high free safety spot. Boston can track the ball and is a reliable finisher. If the Cowboys were willing to spend a little more on one player, this should be their guy.
Bennie Logan, 1T Defensive Tackle
Logan’s market value is not as high as it should be for a player of his caliber. Logan is a traditional 1-tech that is active but not in the same sense of Ndamukong Suh, who is still out there as well. Logan is a nasty player that can eat up blockers and free up the under tackles and ends to get the sacks. Logan’s sack numbers will never be impressive (seven career sacks in five seasons) but he’s the type of run-stuffing tackle every defense can use.
Logan was a player that the Cowboys really had interest in back in the 2013 NFL Draft, they gave him a third-round grade. Logan was snatched seven picks ahead of them by the Eagles and he was a solid addition to their front seven for four seasons. In 2017, Logan had 25 stops in run defense, which was more than any other interior defensive lineman. The longer Logan is on the market, the better the price will be for the Cowboys.
Elvis Dumervil, DE (Situational Pass Rusher)
At 34, Dumervil is basically an insurance policy that can rush the passer. He hasn’t really showed much slowing down either for a guy that’s looking for his fourth team. Despite not starting a single game, Dumervil played all 16 and recorded 6.5 sacks. Though his tackle numbers are low at 13 total for last season, that 6.5 number keeps jumping out.
For the Cowboys, they haven’t been ‘in’ on the older pass rushers but they should give a look his way. After playing outside linebacker the majority of his career, he rushed as an end last year obviously was effective. Dumervil wouldn’t be that expensive and he’s not going to expect to start but he could give you something.
Jordan Matthews, WR
Matthews is not going to get number one money but he’s got the talent to contend for the WR rotation. He didn’t have the best year in Buffalo but the Bills had problems committing to quarterbacks. In three seasons prior with the Eagles, Matthews had 225 receptions, 2,673 yards, and 17 touchdowns.
This is more of a position that the Cowboys will likely address in the draft but Matthews is a good fit. His calling card coming out of college was as a west coast receiver that runs good routes. In the NFL, he’s lived up to the praise for route running and that’s what would be helpful for a young quarterback like Dak Prescott.
Cameron Fleming or LaAdrian Waddle, OT
One of these guys is likely to re-sign with the Patriots who just lost Nate Solder to the Giants. We had free agency write ups on both guys and either of them could fill a role for the Cowboys as the swing tackle. At this point, it’s no sure thing for Tyron Smith to remain healthy for entire 16 games seasons and beyond. If the Cowboys don’t get a better swing tackle, they could face the same problems as they saw in 2017.
Chaz Green is on the roster for one more season but they shouldn’t rest with the idea they can fix his issues. Swing tackle is the one position that the Cowboys should really look to free agency to fill as the draft isn’t exciting many folks at tackle.