Free Agents to Watch for Dallas Cowboys
At BR, I analyzed a few free agents I think the Cowboys should consider this year. Here are two of them:
WR Danario Alexander
“But the Cowboys don’t need another wide receiver!”
Yes they do. Second-year man Terrance Williams was decent in 2013, but he didn’t do anything we shouldn’t have expected given his age. More importantly, he didn’t dominate in college until his final year, and there are some concerns that he doesn’t have the bulky Dez Bryant-esque body type that can excel in the red zone.
If something were to happen to Bryant or if defenses do everything in their power to take him out of games, where will the Cowboys turn? Williams isn’t ready to become a No. 1 receiver. Wide receivers Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley certainly aren’t more than role players. Tight end Jason Witten is on the way down.
Meanwhile, the Chargers’ Danario Alexander is a player with an elite skill set who has yet to break out in the NFL because of excessive injuries. Is he injury-prone? Yeah, he might be. But everyone already thinks that, so it’s going to be priced into his contract. That means there’s little downside to signing him but massive upside if he can stay healthy.
Alexander is really the prototypical sort of low-risk, low-cost, high-upside player Dallas should be seeking.
Sign of Success: elite size
OT Charles Brown
A second-round pick in 2010, offensive tackle Charles Brown didn’t get extended playing time until the 2013 season.
He wasn’t good. He gave up 33 pressures and seven sacks with the Saints, according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required).
Because he’s failed to live up to expectations in the NFL, Brown’s cost should be low. If it’s low enough, he’s certainly worth the risk. Still only 26 years old, Brown has played just over a season’s worth of snaps in his four-year career. In that way, he too is a Selvie-esque free agent who struggled in limited early action but has the skill set to be a dominant player.
Brown’s addition would be smart because right tackle Doug Free struggled down the stretch in 2013. Free might improve in 2014, but there’s probably an even better chance that he was simply playing better than he should have to start the season and returned to form later.
Sign of Success: 35.25″ arms