There can be no doubt that the Cowboys are taking the idea of adding safety help seriously. We can call this the Dan Quinn Effect since the Cowboys rarely pay this much attention to the position. Quinn must have taken one look at the Cowboys roster when he took over the job and zeroed in on the position.
It has already been reported that Malik Hooker and Damontae Kazee will be visiting the Cowboys at the Star on Wednesday, after both head coach Mike McCarthy and defensive coordinator Quinn have returned from Alabama’s pro day. After already signing Keanu Neal to play a hybrid safety/linebacker position, the Cowboys are looking to add more.
Now we’re learning that another name has been thrown on the list of safety free agents coming to visit on Wednesday.
Ex-Lions safety Jayron Kearse to join safeties Damontae Kazee and Malik Hooker on their Cowboys visit Wednesday at The Star, source said. Kearse would be provide depth to secondary and contribute on special teams.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 24, 2021
Kearse spent four years with the Minnesota Vikings before playing last year for the Detroit Lions. He played his college ball at Clemson and was a seventh-round pick in 2016. During his years in Minnesota he never really was a starter but played on over 50% of special teams snaps every year. Last year he actually started seven games for the Lions which cut down on his special teams snaps. He was eventually released by the Lions, supposedly for team rules violations, and ended up on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad.
Here is what our sister site, Pride of Detroit, had to say about Kearse.
“Jayron Kearse is a solid depth player that can come in and immediately provide some special teams skills, if needed. As a safety, he does his best work closer to the line of scrimmage as an aggressive tackler and a physical force in coverage. Ideally, he’d just be a rotational player on defense while bolstering your special teams unit, but in Detroit he was forced to become a starter. That left some glaring holes in his game, especially in coverage. Still, he was one of the Lions’ better defensive backs on a unit that really struggled all season.”