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Dallas Cowboys Free Agency: Is Wesley Woodyard An Option?

It was reported Monday afternoon that the Dallas Cowboys will plan to go after Wesley Woodyard. If the Cowboys do sign Woodyard, he would immediately become a starter at the weak side linebacker position. In 2013, that position was played by Bruce Carter. The 2011 second round pick struggled mightily in the first year of the new scheme. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli may believe that Carter will fit better as a strong side linebacker.

Woodyard has had a decorated career out in Denver. He has never garnered much attention, but he has been the epitome of a consistent player. In 2013, Woodyard had 84 tackles, three forced fumbles, and four pass deflections. Woodyard is perfect for the weak side linebacker position because he can make a ton of plays in the backfield and he can defend against the pass. His versatility is a key component to his value in free agency. If the Cowboys want to move Sean Lee over to the weak side position, Woodyard could very well play inside as a middle linebacker.

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The main problem with this, however, is how cap-strapped the Cowboys are. With a little less than $2 million in cap space, the Cowboys won’t have enough money to sign Woodyard. Also, the Cowboys have expressed interest to Henry Melton. To sign these two players, the Cowboys have to make some cuts. Miles Austin is almost good as gone for the Cowboys. But to save the most money, they would have to designate Austin as a June 1st cut.

This leaves us to believe that the Cowboys will either cut DeMarcus Ware or get him to take some sort of pay cut. Ware hasn’t been the same since 2011. While it is good to hear that Ware finally got his elbow scoped, it should also be known that he has had a myriad of injuries besides the elbow injury. Regardless of what the Cowboys do, there is no doubt that Woodyard would make this defense a much better one.

It is important that the Cowboys upgrade all three levels of the defense. Grabbing another linebacker like Woodyard would help the Cowboys a lot. Unlike the two best linebackers in Dallas, Woodyard has rarely missed time in his career. If the Cowboys add Woodyard, I would argue that the combination of Carter, Lee, and Woodyard would be one of the best in the entire league. All three are already good players. But by playing together, they can be transcending for this defense.

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  • brian basile

    if we can get Melton and Woodyard by releasing Ware…I would do it, resign Spencer cheap, Draft S Pryor in 1st, DE Murphy in second and OG Cyril Richardson in 3rd, DT Mcullers in 4th, QB Fales in 5th, WR Archer in 6th, RB Storm Johnson in 7th….To me that seems like an all hole filled scenario…..

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment, Brian. Definitely a great plan and a great idea. BUT, I believe Dallas needs to draft a WR in the draft. Also, Archer is a RB/OW. Another note, I’m not too fond of Storm Johnson. I believe he fumbles way too much. I think it would be better to get an undrafted running back like Kendial Lawrence from 2013.

      • Scott.

        And Richardson will be gone in the 2nd round. No way he gets past the mid 2nd because teams,unlike Dallas,know that you win in the trenches.

        • brian basile

          I know its wishful thinking but his stock has dropped after combine. If we could trade back into 2nd round to get him we would have 3 starter..potential pro brown caliber, in 1 st 3 rounds…

      • brian basile

        Wouldn’t mind a wr but I feel we have bigger needs at top of draft and would love to see Beasley get more snaps…maybe try and find another Laurent Robinson for cheap as insurance… Archer is definitively a project and only reason Johnson would fall that far is because of fumble problems…if he can’t fix letting a 7th rounder go is fine with me…thx for reply….

  • Earl Robertson

    Cowboys have #57 they need to let him play that how u build a team u draft players and play them, cowboys for some reason love playing old guys

  • brian basile

    I know its wishful thinking but after combine his stock has dipped a bit…if we could trade back into end of 2nd I feel we get 3 starters ..potential pro bowl caliber..players with 1st 3 picks…would give up rest of draft for it…..