Thursday, June 23, 2011
CBA proposal would deepen safety pool
By Tim MacMahon
The proposal to allow unsigned players with four and five years of service to be unrestricted free agents isn't good news for the Cowboys, as we discussed Tuesday.
First and foremost, it'd make re-signing left tackle Doug Free more difficult, or at least more expensive. Ditto for defensive ends Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher.
However, there would be a silver lining at Valley Ranch.
The pool at safety, a primary position of need, would become significantly deeper. San Diego's Eric Weddle, Chicago's Danieal Manning and Indianapolis' Melvin Bullitt are among the safeties who would have been restricted under last year's rules but would be free to test the open market under the new proposal.
Weddle would arguably be the best available safety. Manning (Corsicana) and Bullitt (Garland Naaman Forest) are quality starters with local roots.
Even if the Cowboys didn't sign one of those guys, their availability would deepen the pool at safety and increase the odds of the Cowboys signing a quality player to plug into the starting lineup.