By Logan Carter
Free-Agency begins on Thursday and the Cowboys have a lot to sort out on defense before the season officially starts. Dallas will have to re-sign some of their elite defensive players, as well as possibly moving on from a few. Four major players are in the loop of free-agency discussions: Barry Church, J.J Wilcox, Morris Claiborne, and Brandon Carr.
Beginning with the safeties, Church and Carr have been heavily relied on over the past few seasons and have played 5,745 snaps combined. Both safeties will receive a decent amount of money on the open market, with Church having the possibility of being the most sought after free agent at safety this year. While Wilcox, age 26, is young, strong, and has the ability to play both strong and free safety. The Cowboys are a little low at this position with the next man being Byron Jones then Jeff Heath. Dallas cannot afford to lose both elite safeties this upcoming week. If one is lost in the free agency frenzy, the Cowboys should look to acquire an upgrade, such as Jabrill Peppers.
After Carr and Claiborne, the Cowboys only have Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown left at slot corners, making the two a must keep or at least one. Carr has started every game since joining the team in 2013, making him the most reliable player, but he displayed himself as an average cornerback. Claiborne, on the other hand, has been pretty injury prone but has the talent for a bright future at the position. Both cornerbacks could be offered a large amount of money to become a starter for another team, possibly a price the Cowboys couldn’t match. Dallas will still need to draft another talented cornerback in the draft if either one or both leave next season.
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