Free agency is set to ramp back up around the league in the next few weeks. The Cowboys, like many other squads, could use a few additions at affordable prices. They only have around 5.5 million dollars in cap space at the moment, according to Over The Cap. The following three players are talents that Dallas should have some interest in signing.
Brian Poole, Cornerback
Dallas should dive in headfirst into the opportunity to sign Poole. Their secondary has seen some additions over the past couple of years, but they are still very young. Poole would provide a veteran presence. His production over the last two years hasn’t been eye-popping, but his coverage has been solid in his time with the New York Jets. Accordingly, being on the Jets doesn’t do you any favors in regards to recognition.
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The 28-year old has inside/outside versatility as well and has spent time in the box. His man coverage excels in the slot, though. Poole has struggled with injuries at times, but if he can stay healthy, the Cowboys could use him. He earned an impressive 77.1 PFF grade in 2020, too.
Austin Reiter, Center
The Cowboys have a great starting offensive line. When healthy, it is one of the best in the NFL. Like many other teams, the depth could be better, though. Tyler Biadasz is projected to start at Center with Connor McGovern as his backup. The team has liked what they’ve seen from Biadasz so far, but he has had some injuries both in his college and NFL days so far.
Reiter would provide a depth grade over McGovern and some legit competition for Biadasz. He also provides safety and upside that McGovern has not shown yet. Reiter did not allow a single sack in 2020 for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he was a casualty of their offensive line overhaul anyway. Reiter is probably the best center on the market currently, so his price may be a bit higher than expected. Regardless, Dallas should at least check in with him.
Chiefs center Austin Reiter will become a free agent, per @TomPelissero
♦️Reiter’s 80.7 Pass-Blocking Grade ranks 5th among centers since 2019
Chiefs have now parted ways with Reiter, Mitchell Schwartz & Eric Fisher on the same day pic.twitter.com/wRqKZY4MOc
— PFF (@PFF) March 11, 2021
Olivier Vernon, Edge Rusher
If the Cowboys could reel in Olivier Vernon, it may have the biggest impact of any free agent signing they could make at this point. Everyone knows DeMarcus Lawrence handles the left side of the defensive line. On the other hand, right defensive end is a starting spot that is still up in the air. If the starter isn’t cemented, the depth at that position isn’t either. Vernon is definitely still capable to start on the D-Line and has some consistent pass-rushing production throughout his career.
Last season for the Cleveland Browns, he played 805 snaps, 75% of the team’s total defensive snaps. That was his highest percentage since 2016. While playing that increased number of snaps, Vernon had nine sacks in fourteen games. He also logged 12 tackles for loss. Vernon is only 30, so he could definitely still have some good football ahead of him. He would bring a lot of value to the Dallas defensive line, both as a starter and for depth purposes.
With a clean bill of health following his ruptured Achilles, can Olivier Vernon make an impact on an NFL defense this season?pic.twitter.com/msifq3BF1y
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Dallas does not have a ton of wiggle room with cap space right now, but there can be some minor moves made to clear space. These players should pique their interest and their wallets.
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