After the first week of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys have made a couple smart investments to fill holes on their team. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was the first guy to be signed that was met with applause by Cowboys Nation, and the acquisition of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix soon followed. Just like that, the front office addressed two important deficiencies on defense at low prices.
That’s a great start, but the Cowboys work is far from done. They still need players. The draft will certainly help in that department, but the team should continue to look to free agency to find some nice value players to add to their roster. Who should those players be? Here are four players the Cowboys should try to sign if they can get them for the right price.
DT, Damon Harrison
Would the Cowboys double-dip by going after another veteran defensive tackle? Why not, if the price is right. Over the years, Harrison has been one of the best run-stoppers in the game. Recent injuries and a decline in production now puts this one-time All-Pro in a group where his price tag may end up being a bargain for the team that signs him.
The Cowboys still have a lot of unanswered questions at defensive tackle, and that is not just limited to the underwhelming rookie season of Trysten Hill. What’s going on with Antwaun Woods? Is he coming back? Bringing “Snacks” to Dallas will not give you the impact player it once would’ve, but he’s still a very strong piece to have in the interior defensive line. Pair him next to McCoy, and the Cowboys got themselves some heavy push in the middle.
DE, Jabaal Sheard
Forget all this Jadeveon Clowney talk. His price tag has to be more expensive than what the Cowboys can afford to spend on a second edge rusher. Even Everson Griffen might be slightly out of the range they’d be willing to spend. Instead, go for value.
Sheard could be a reliable defensive end for a lower cost as he’s coming off a down year, and the Cowboys could benefit by buying low. He did a nice job playing for the New England Patriots, so much so that the Indianapolis Colts rewarded him with a three-year, $25 million deal in 2017. Even when he’s not great, he’s not terrible either. While he shouldn’t be viewed as anything spectacular, he could be a nice fill-in guy for a team that could use a little depth.
WR Paul Richardson
In what is a common theme here, Richardson is another veteran player who was given a big payday after coming off a productive season, only to disappoint his new team. In his first and only full season, Richardson put up 44 catches for 703 yards for a very efficient 16 yards per reception in 2017 with the Seattle Seahawks. He had six touchdowns that year. The Washington Redskins rewarded him with a five-year, $40 million deal in 2018, only to release him in February after just two seasons with the team.
Richardson won’t give the Cowboys the same thing Randall Cobb did, but he can be a deep threat who can complement Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in this offense. With a talented wide receiver draft class, the Cowboys should look to April to find the real solution, but if Richardson’s price falls far enough, he could be a good value signing.
CB Bashaud Breeland
This is a guy I’ve liked every since the Washington Redskins landed him in the fourth-round of the 2014 NFL Draft. While his career had promise early, things started to fizzle as he’s signed a couple one-year prove it deals lately. His most recent stop was with the Kansas City Chiefs as he joined a stacked secondary. But it should also be noted that his first one-year deal came with the Mike McCarthy coached Green Bay Packers.
Breeland doesn’t garner the attention that his Super Bowl champion teammates get, but he’s is a solid player. He finished the year allowing just a 48.4 percent completion rate. He’s 28 years old, and while he isn’t the long-term answer to the Cowboys cornerback situation, he could be a bargain depth signing to shore up this position group.
My free agent wish list....— Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) March 22, 2020
Guys I'm not interested in because I suspect they'll be out of our price range:
DE Jadeveon Clowney
WR Robby Anderson
CB Logan Ryan
Guys I like for the right price:
DT Snacks Harrison
DE Jabaal Sheard
WR Paul Richardson
CB Bashaud Breeland
Which free agents are you hoping the Cowboys sign?