The Dallas Cowboys have dealt with injuries to key position groups including quarterback during the 2020 season, which has led to some struggles. Even though the Cowboys do still have a chance to make the playoffs, this team has a lot of holes that are going to need to be fixed during the offseason.
According to spotrac.com, the Cowboys will have over $33 million heading into the 2021 offseason, but all signs are still pointing toward the team using a lot of that money to bring back Dak Prescott on a long-term deal.
Even if there is limited cap space, the Cowboys need to improve this team. Let’s take a look at three free agents that the Cowboys should be targeting.
Anthony Harris, Safety
Anthony Harris is playing under the franchise tag with the Minnesota Vikings this season. Harris had a big 2019 season, but during the 2020 season he has actually taken a bit of a step back, something that could help the Cowboys.
The Cowboys have been connected to a lot of big name safeties the last few years including Jamal Adams, but that doesn’t look like it will happen, so the draft or free agency will have to be the route they take. Safety Xavier Woods is set to be a free agent, and for cap reasons, it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys are going to bring him back.
Even though Harris has struggled a bit during the 2020 season, he is still an instant upgrade at the position. Harris would help lock down a secondary that needs improvements, and if they can get him at a cheaper price because he hasn’t been as sharp during 2020, it’s a perfect situation for America’s Team.
DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle
Ideally, if the Cowboys could improve their defensive tackle position through the draft, that should be option number one.
The defensive tackle free agents will be slim pickings this offseason, but DaQuan Jones is a guy who makes a lot of sense.
Jones is still only 28 years old and in his prime. Jones isn’t really a stat stuffer, but he does a good job of plugging up the Tennessee Titans’ defensive line.
If Jones is looking for a big payday, he might not make a lot of sense. But on a team friendly deal, the former fourth round pick makes a whole lot of sense.
Mackensie Alexander, Cornerback
The Cowboys need secondary help badly. The Cowboys drafted Trevon Diggs during the 2020 NFL Draft, but that isn’t going to be enough to turn this team around. Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Daryl Worley are all in line to be free agents after this season.
Mackensie Alexander has dealt with injuries during the 2020 season, which might also help save the Cowboys some money.
When Alexander was a member of the Minnesota Vikings, he was one of the best slot cornerbacks in the league. Shopping in the bargain bin doesn’t always work out in terms of hitting on a player, but if Alexander is at a nice price, the Cowboys need to get involved.