For years Cowboys Nation has been trying to get the Dallas Cowboys to sign Tre Boston. With a new coaching staff in place, will this finally be the year they do it?
Contrary to outside belief, Jerry Jones doesn’t act unilaterally in matters of player personnel. A GM in name only, Jerry leans on player personnel guru Will McClay and son Stephen Jones to do most of the heavy lifting on the Dallas Cowboys. And even those two allow their coaches to weigh in, so free agent decisions are more a group decision than a traditional General Manager decision.
So even though the Dallas Cowboys passed twice on Tre Boston in free agency, it doesn’t mean they are going to pass again in 2020. That’s because their coaching staff has changed, and Mike Nolan, the new defensive coordinator, may steer them in Tre Boston’s direction.
Now, there’s no hard link between Boston and Nolan, but for a team that seems intent in finding ballhawks, has a need at starting safety, and is about to replace their best cornerback (Byron Jones) with what’s likely to be a rookie, a veteran safety like Tre Boston makes perfect sense.
With Jeff Heath a free agent, the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a safety. Xavier Woods is locked in as the incumbent free safety so conventional thinking says Dallas needs a strong safety. But these are not yesterday’s Dallas Cowboys. No longer will they lean so heavily on a single high Cover 3 look that puts one safety in center field.
Under Nolan they’ll be using more Cover 2 and 2-high safety looks (and still some single high). Having a second deep safety (with ball skills) is important. Especially since Dallas may be without their two most tenured CBs, Byron Jones and Anthony Brown (both free agents).
Tre Boston is a journeyman capable of filling that role. Even though he’s played for 3 different teams over the last three seasons, he’s been one of the best, most consistent, coverage safeties in the NFL. Pro Football Focus points out that beyond his 10 interceptions and 14 pass deflections in the last three seasons, when manned up, he’s only allowed 13 catches on 35 targets.
In fact, Tre Boston ranked as PFF’s 13th safety in the NFL (Woods was 24th while Heath was 44th). And in pure coverage, Boston ranked 4th in the NFL. Dallas could sure use some of that on their backend in 2020.
With high-priced free agent safeties Anthony Harris and Justin Simmons commanding the big bucks, bargains could be found in the secondary market after the initial frenzy calms down. Could Tre Boston be a consideration here?
You’d certainly think so.
With new coaches and a new defensive scheme, the Dallas Cowboys may finally consider one of Cowboys Nation’s favorite players, Tre Boston. What do you think?