The Dallas Cowboys once again failed to address their glaring issue at the safety position, instead they opted to draft cornerbacks in the later rounds in an effort to see if they can play the position. That my seem like a good idea inside the organization, but from the outside looking in, the Cowboys still need to find experienced depth at safety. With the draft over and teams re-evaluating their rosters there are bound to be players that end up being cut because of salary cap issues or the team just wanted to get younger at the position.
Such is the case with former Miami Dolphins safety Bobby McCain who was releases on Wednesday after the team drafted Jevon Holland in the second round. That made McCain, who’s in the final two years of his four-year contract, an easy option to cut. This could be a nice piece for the Cowboys to add to the roster behind potential starter Damontae Kazee who followed defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to Dallas this offseason. It would also give the Cowboys a former starting free safety on the roster who can come in and play immediately if Kazee isn’t ready to go when the season begins or has a set back at any point.
McCain who was drafted as a cornerback made the transition to safety in 2019 and continued to play the position last season where he racked up 51 tackles, three interceptions, and eight passes defended over those two years. Not earth-shattering numbers, but they are numbers that show he’s able to get his hand on the football. That’s something that the Cowboys right now aren’t sure they have behind Kazee, at least until they start training camp and can see these guys in action. And while McCain doesn’t meet the height and arm length requirements that the Cowboys seem to be interested in, neither does Kazee. In fact, looking at them side by side they are almost identical with Kazee at 5’10 and 30 7/8 inches in arm length while McCain is 5’9 1⁄2 with an arm length of 30 1⁄2 inches, so that argument shouldn’t apply to this player.
The other reason the Cowboys should take a look at McCain is because he was a team captain on that defense, he earned the respect of the players and coaches enough to have that “C” on his jersey. And right now if you take a look at the Cowboys secondary, it’s pretty young and could use that leadership on the back end to help the younger players. Hopefully the Cowboys take a look at McCain and if they are able to get a deal done we might be able to rest a little easier knowing that they still care about depth at the position.