Which Ten Cowboys Will Go?
Jerry Jones recently claimed that the Cowboys will make a significant number of changes this offseason, adding perhaps 10 or 11 new players. Said Jones, “One of the biggest challenges I’ve got in my role here is to be an agent of change this year. We have got to look for ways to make changes. That’s personnel.”
While we find it hard to believe there will really be ten new Cowboys next season, Jones’ quote got us to thinking: which ten current players might lose their job? Our predictions are below, in no particular order.
1. Deon Anderson- We detailed why Anderson’s valuable play makes us lean toward keeping him. With the Cowboys’ increased emphasis on player conduct, though, Anderson could be a casualty.
2. Patrick Watkins- He is an excellent special teams player, but the addition of another safety via the draft or free agency, or the movement of Alan Ball to full-time free safety could spell his doom.
3. Junior Siavii- If Dallas selects a defensive tackle fairly high come April, Siavii will probably be out of a job.
4. Steve Octavien- Octavien made some plays last preseason, but he just doesn’t figure to ever be more than a special teams player.
5. Ken Hamlin- This is speculative, but there seem to be a variety of ways Hamlin will get released this offseason, i.e. signing Antrel Rolle, drafting a safety, etc. We think Hamlin is a cerebral player who is set to rebound nicely in 2010, but perhaps Jerry Jones craves a ball-hawking safety enough to let him go.
6. Cory Procter- Procter’s release has been long overdo. He is a sub-par lineman whose versatility has kept him around. Had Dallas not missed out on Max Unger last year, Procter would already be gone.
7. Duke Preston- Preston was already released last year after the team signed Chauncey Washington, only to be re-signed later. If Dallas selects a guard in the draft, Preston is unlikely to stick around.
8. Montrae Holland- Holland could stay if Preston and Procter are released because Dallas would be getting thin at guard. The team also invested a fifth round pick in Holland last season. They may want to see more return on their investment.
9. Sam Hurd- Like Watkins, Hurd is a tremendous special teams player. He also has potential at wide receiver, so his release would be dependent on if the team drafts another receiver, and subsequently how many WR’s they are willing to keep on the roster.
10. Pat McQuistan- The Cowboys are almost certainly going to select a tackle in the early rounds of the draft. They could also address the position again in the later rounds, and with second-year player Robert Brewster returning from a torn pectoral muscle, McQuistan’s time in Dallas has run out.