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Cowboys Look Ahead to Free Agency and the Draft
Posted By David Willow On Jan 13 2011 @ 1:21 am In Dallas Cowboys | No Comments
With the regular season over in the NFL the Cowboys can begin preparing for the draft. The magic number being 9, who will it be. Well, that’s Tony Romo, but it’s also the Cowboys draft position in the first round and the highest their pick has been in a few years. Their primary focus should really begin and end in the secondary, which has one of the weakest of many weak points on the team, to go along with adding some youth to the offensive line which is beginning to show some signs of aging.
Patrick Peterson should be at the top of that wish list with the size and speed to hold his own at the corner at the next level with the possibility of transitioning into a safety. The reality though, is that Peterson probably won’t slide to the 9th overall spot and so Dallas may have to try to trade up if they decide that they want him. Before we get too far into the draft though, we have free agency coming up soon, and whoever is left available could greatly influence draft picks for each team.
After Jerry Jones hosts the Superbowl, I’m going to bet that he’s going to want another one even more, in much the same way that you want a sports car more after you drive your friend’s. If that is the case Jerry could become more willing to spend in free agency where he has been frugal over the past couple of seasons. With that being said and the issues at secondary, as a Dallas fan you would have to hope the Cowboys pursue Nnamdi Asomugha. There is speculation that Asomugha will want to play for a contender, obviously, at the age of 29 and that the Jets and the Packers are at the top of the list. This is all speculation though, but if the Cowboys have a chance at grabbing a shut down corner when they have had repeated issues against the pass, then they ought to at least consider the opportunity.
Another aging, and probably less expensive route, would be to pursue Champ Bailey who will not likely return to Denver next season. The team could use an experienced corner and maybe he could mentor Mike Jenkins, who has a great deal of talent but an apparent lack of focus. He may not be a great starter, but his experience could add good depth.
An under the radar guy could be Richard Marshall, who will not likely resign with Carolina after contract issues over the preseason could be a solid pick up though he is not of the elite variety of corners.
All of these guys should be considered along with a number of other DBs that may or may not hit the market. Any picks that they do or don’t make will almost certainly reshape any draft strategies they are putting together and a good move in free agency could make a big difference for the boys. All this will of course will be contingent upon the new CBA being signed and until then we can only speculate.
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