Dallas Cowboys: Five Free Agent Safeties to Target

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Dallas Cowboys Safety Targets

Patrick Peterson/Richard Sherman

This idea has been floating around all offseason and while I think it’s a long-shot, it’s certainly a possibility and for the Dallas Cowboys – something worth looking into.

Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman are both career-long cornerbacks. Entering the winter of their careers, they may be willing to take a path less travelled to extend their careers. Much like Chares Woodson did years ago, these future Hall of Famers could find a second life at the safety position.

What makes Dallas so attractive is that Dallas can offer a chance at both cornerback and safety. Since starting spots are available at both spots, they could offer a chance to at the CB spot with Plan B being a starting safety spot. Not many teams can do that.

Sherman is the elder statesman and with ties to Dan Quinn, he’s more likely to take that offer. Peterson is only 30 and far from washed. He’s going to want to play cornerback and Dallas would have to give him assurances and pay him accordingly.

I’d say Peterson is the long-shot and Sherman is actually a distinct possibility. His position flex gives Dallas wiggle room this offseason as they take what’s given to them on the market and in the draft.

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The Dallas Cowboys notoriously neglect the safety position and there’s no reason to believe they’ll have a change of heart now. Defensive Tackle is likely their priority this offseason and that’s not going to leave much for other spots. I expect them to be opportunistic shoppers again this year with Richard Sherman being one of the only exceptions they’d make. I could see them courting him early with a promise to try two positions.

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At the end of the day, the Dallas Cowboys will probably sign someone who isn’t even on our radar right now. The most likely long-term answer at safety will probably come through the draft.