3 Defensive Starters the Cowboys Can Still Add in Free Agency

Despite the slow start, the Cowboys can still score big in free agency

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The slow start from the Dallas Cowboys front office might be infuriating but it should also be expected. The Jones family stopped trying to overpay for veteran players years ago, and while it's tough to watch all the big names sign elsewhere, they have had success with this strategy in the past.


Once again, that could be the case in 2024 if they can find some starting-caliber players before too much longer. With that being said, here are three players who they could still sign that would start on defense.

3. Julian Blackmon, S, Indianapolis Colts

In recent years, the Cowboys secondary has been vastly improved. Much of that is due to the play of their safeties with Jayron Kearse, Malik Hooker, and Donovan Wilson all standing out. However, it was hard not to notice a decline in coverage at times during the 2023 campaign.

Now heading into 2024, the Cowboys are likely going to lose Kearse in free agency but they have several other players on the roster capable of stepping up in the strong safety role. What they don't have are nearly enough coverage safeties.

That's why it wouldn't hurt to kick the tires on Julian Blackmon.

A second-round pick in 2020 out of Utah, Blackmon has 46 starts in 50 appearances under his belt for the Indianapolis Colts. He's been a solid defensive back in coverage with 17 pass defenses and seven picks in his career. The question will come down to money — as it always does with this team — but adding Blackmon to the secondary would make it difficult to go deep on this defense.