Damontae Kazee was one of several defensive free agents signed by the Dallas Cowboys in the past week. Dallas also added defenders Keanu Neal, Jayron Kearse, Brent Urban, and Tarell Basham. It is easy to see Dan Quinn’s influence on these additions.
Both Kazee and Neal played under Quinn with the Atlanta Falcons. Kazee has been a solid player at safety, while Neal has flashed big talent when healthy. The addition of the two of them should go a long way in improving the Cowboys defense in the 2021 season.
Damontae Kazee (Cowboys) one year, $1.127M, $137,500 signing bonus, $990K salary ($250K gtd)
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 29, 2021
The Cowboys signed Kazee to a one-year contract worth just over $1 million. Kazee gets $250k of that guaranteed. The deal signifies that the Cowboys aren’t locking themselves into Kazee long-term; rather, this could be a one-year stopgap as Dallas attempts to improve the secondary.
Dallas currently holds two selections in the top-50 of the 2021 NFL Draft. It seems very likely that the Cowboys will add one of the draft’s top cornerbacks at 10th overall. Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn are two popular picks for the Cowboys in the first-round.
The second-round selection, 44th overall, is a little more up in the air. Dallas could go a number of different routes with needs at offensive tackle, defensive line, linebacker, and secondary. What Dallas ultimately ends up doing in the first-round will likely dictate what the team does in the second.
Safeties such as UCF’s Richie Grant and TCU’s Trevon Moehrig are expected to go sometime around the Cowboys’ 44th pick. Pairing one of the top cornerbacks with one of the top safeties in the draft could pay off dividends for the Dallas Cowboys long-term.
"With the 44th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Richie Grant, safety, Central Florida." https://t.co/HtlvTrRjmm
— John Owning (@JohnOwning) March 29, 2021
Dallas also signed Jayron Kearse to a one-year deal. This means that Dallas is not locked into Kazee, Neal, or Kearse beyond the upcoming season.
Dan Quinn is already having an influence on how the Dallas Cowboys view the safety position in free agency. Perhaps that influence shows through again when the draft arrives.
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