The Real Safety the Dallas Cowboys Should Target

Damarious Randall . (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Damarious Randall . (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images) /
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Damarious Randall, Safety (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
Damarious Randall, Safety (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys front office have voiced their interest in potentially adding a veteran safety with final roster cuts on the horizon.

The Dallas Cowboys final Saturday before the first regular-season game is finally here, which means teams will be making their final roster cuts to get the to infamous number 53. Every year, some surprise players miss the cut; this training camp perhaps the most controversial cut was the axing of veteran safety HaHa Clinton-Dix.

When the team initially signed him, he was seen as a future starter alongside Xavier Woods. Having played under HC Mike McCarthy and having shown, on numerous occasions, his ball-hawking ability, he seemed like a no-brainer to start week one.

However, training camp started and it wasn’t long before Clinton-Dix was seen standing on the sideline in favor of four-year veteran Darian Thompson. People took note of the frequency with which it occurred and now weeks later and the veteran is no longer in the building.

However, after his release, GM Stephen Jones told 105.3 the FAN that the team was interested in potentially signing another safety. Certainly, an interesting statement considering the team just released a veteran safety, but with safety Earl Thomas available to sign, that comment was seemingly inevitable.

While it doesn’t matter who the Cowboys were referring to at the time, the team’s interest in adding more talent at the position is notable. The other 31 teams in the league are making roster cuts as well, which means safety talent will find its way to free agency.

There was one safety released from his respective team on Friday that should be of particular interest to the Cowboys. The Las Vegas Raiders, now the home of former Dallas safety Jeff Heath, released former first-round pick, Damarious Randall. The Sun Devil signed a fully guaranteed 1 year/ $1.5 million contract with the Raiders, but it seems he wasn’t deemed a good fit with the team as he is now looking for a new job.

Much like the Cowboys, the Raiders have a young secondary and some veterans that the coaching staff seems to hold in high regard. Recently the team drafted Johnathan Abram in the first round and signed former team captain and coaching staff favorite Jeff Heath to a multi-year deal. This was on top of having Erik Harris and Lamarcus Joyner on the roster.

This move did not come with any additional reasoning other than “he wasn’t a good fit.” This nondescript phrase could mean literally anything, but if history is any indicator, there could have been some disagreements or differences in perspectives between Randall and the coaching staff. After all, constant conflict with the coaching staff ultimately brought Randall’s time to an end in Cleveland.

There is also a very real chance the “poor fit” was football-related and I am stirring the pot of invalid rumors. If this were the case, Dallas could provide Randall the best opportunity to cement himself as a starting safety in this league.

Here’s why.