After the Houston Texans signed Chris Clemons the other day, the writing was on the wall for Danieal Manning. The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a free safety, and they could very well look towards the draft to address the safety position. With the recent release of Manning, many Cowboy fans are clamoring to bring in the nine-year veteran. Manning is a shell of his 2009 self, but the Cowboys could benefit from a veteran safety.
Manning has the ability to play free safety or strong safety, and that is something that is extremely valuable towards NFL defenses. Although Dallas drafted J.J. Wilcox in the third round of last year’s draft, there are concerns over his ability to be the long-term starter. When Wilcox went down with injuries, Jeff Heath replaced him. Heath, a second-year veteran out of Saginaw Valley State, showed in 2013 that he is not ready for the NFL.
Manning could be a good stopgap for Dallas, and he could very well be signed on a two-year deal. He has been the epitome of a consistent player over the course of his career, and he wouldn’t have to move far from home if he signed a deal with the Cowboys. While Manning could be an ideal player for Dallas, I believe that Dallas should stick to their current safeties and get another one in the draft.
Although Wilcox was awful last season, he shows the raw ability to be a decent starting safety in this league. Also, Dallas plans to draft a safety in this year’s draft to bring in some competition with Wilcox. Dallas has made it their initiative all season to get longer, and signing Manning wouldn’t do that. To me, it makes almost no sense to go after a 31-year-old free safety in the latter stage of his career.