Dallas Cowboys: Three players who could become Cowboys in 2019

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants and Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys greet each other after a game at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: (L-R) Odell Beckham #13 of the New York Giants and Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys greet each other after a game at AT&T Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys could be huge players in the 2019 free agent market as they are set to have over $50 million in cap space.

The Dallas Cowboys will have the most salary cap space they have had in over the last 10 years in 2019. This could mean the team could be heavily active in the free agent market. Now I know Stephen Jones has stated that they are not interested in overpaying for production however if the right name were there, they could make a move.

Let’s take a look at some of the players the Cowboys could target if they decide to jump into free agency frenzy.

Earl Thomas (Safety): I still do not believe this is going to happen. The Cowboys suddenly spending a future pick plus paying for a Thomas long-term extension just seems unlikely. The team has focused in on Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods as the starting safeties and they will likely showcase that this season.

Thomas is 28 and has had multiple injuries throughout the last few seasons. It would be difficult for the Seattle Seahawks to pay him long-term considering how injury prone he has been, and how many needs that team has. The only way the Cowboys will agree to a trade is if a team-friendly contract extension is in place prior to making a deal.

Without the trade, the Cowboys could look to sign him as a free agent in 2019. He is on the last year of his deal so it would make sense that Dallas would want to wait it out and see what exactly his market value is after all the team will have $50 million plus in cap space so it is not entirely out of the question. If Thomas wants to retire as a Dallas Cowboy it will take some work on his part.

Danielle Hunter (Linebacker): Hunter is one of the best pass-rushing linebackers in the league period…there is no way he does not get re-signed. He is on the list though of potential 2019 free agents so he has to be on the Cowboys radar. Hunter would immediately become a starter (most likely for the rest of his career) if he signed with Dallas.

He could line up in the Cowboys scheme as either an end or a linebacker and that position flex is incredibly necessary. Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith still are injury risks and Leighton Vander Esch is a still a young player. Signing Hunter would give the Cowboys some options if anyone of those players go down.

The Dallas Cowboys will likely draft another linebacker in 2019 and continue to build on one of the defenses strongest units. Hunter may cost a lot but he is a game-changing player. Adding Hunter would completely fortify this linebacking corps, however, it all depends on his availability during the offseason.

Bonus: Odell Beckham Jr/ Rishard Matthews/ Kelvin Benjamin (Wide receiver): The Dallas Cowboys may decide to go all in on the wide receiver position during the 2019 offseason. The team is approaching 2018 as if they do not need a number one receiver but after a while, a playmaker will be requested (by the fans, or by Dak Prescott).

Personally, I think Allen Hurns and Michael Gallup (after he develops) could be that kind of player however they are still relative unknowns as to how exactly they will fit into this offense. With that said Odell Beckham Jr and the New York Giants are not exactly close in terms of contract talks. 

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OBJ’s off the field behavior has been a bit of a distraction but make no mistake about it he is a top ten wide receiver in this league. He wants the biggest contract of all time however that is unlikely. If talks sour between him and the Gmen, New York could be looking to move the playmaker if not just part ways with him at the end of the season.

If Odell hits the open market the Cowboys have to respond and throw everything they have at him. On a cheaper note, Rishard Matthews and Kelvin Benjamin will likely hit free agency as well and they are the type of guys the Cowboys have liked recently.

Matthews is a terrific route runner who has always been a reliable target for Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. Benjamin is a big-bodied target who has struggled to stay healthy however he could be a major threat in the Cowboys offense.

Both players will also be cheaper options than Beckham and with Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence to pay, it could be tough to fit in what could be the most expensive wide receiver in all of football.

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The Dallas Cowboys will be in a prime position to add a high priced free agent to their roster next season, and who is available will likely dictate how aggressive they are.