One of the biggest positions of need for the Cowboys is unquestionably tight end.
This is the first true offseason where the team is trying to replace Jason Witten as he retired on them a bit abruptly a year ago. It’s not exactly easy to replace someone like that, but that’s why the job is a hard one.
As of now the only tight ends on the roster for 2019 are Blake Jarwin (he of three touchdowns in Week 17), Dalton Schlutz (a promising second-year player), and Rico Gathers (king of all preseason hype). Even if the Cowboys roll into the season with all of them they still need help.
Dallas could very well draft a tight end in the second or third round, but rookies at the position rarely contribute right away. We have yet to see exactly how much new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is going to utilize tight ends in his offense, but it makes sense that the Cowboys will have to get someone in the locker room that can make plays.
Tyler Eifert could be a free agent option for Dallas
Many have connected the dots between the Cowboys and former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert. One of the best players for the Cowboys is Zack Martin, and he just so happens to be former teammates with Eifert at Notre Dame... and his brother-in-law.
Martin is married to Eifert’s sister which is what unites the two families, and maybe soon enough the uniform they wear to work will do so as well. Eifert is coming off of a pretty horrible ankle injury last season and he’s only played in six games over the last two years (14 in the last three).
In fact, Eifert has been in the NFL for six seasons now and played in double-digit games only twice. He was a big factor in the huge season that the Bengals had back in 2015, that was when he really made a name for himself, but since then it’s been a game of ifs and buts.
Considering Eifert’s injury history he could be in a situation where he wants to sign a one-year prove it deal in order to get the league to believe he can do it once more. This is the exact type of situation that we’ve seen the Cowboys roll the dice on historically, the familial connection might be the cherry on top to make it happen. And if you’re worried about how Eifert’s doing these days, he posted a video of himself on Thursday to help calm your fears.
Looks a lot better than the last time you saw my ankle! #LETSGO pic.twitter.com/DW2HfjSD8s— Tyler Eifert (@tylereifert) February 21, 2019
We’re about three weeks away from NFL free agency. Will Eifert be part of the plans in Dallas? We’ll have to wait and see.