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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2. Jadeveon Clowney, EDGE, Baltimore Ravens

The Cowboys defense has taken some hits thanks to Dan Quinn. Their former defensive coordinator signed both Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler, Jr. — and they will each be a huge loss. While the loss of one pass rusher could open the door for Sam Williams to take off, losing two will be tough to overcome.

That's why it would make sense for Dallas to find someone capable of filling in for Armstrong, who was not only a good pass rusher but also solid at setting the edge against the run. One player who can not only fill his shoes but possibly give the Cowboys an upgrade is Jadeveon Clowney.

The former No. 1 overall pick has turned into a journeyman, playing for five teams throughout his 10-year career. Originally a member of the Houston Texans, he's never spent more than one season with any team since leaving, except the Cleveland Browns. Clowney was there on back-to-back one-year deals and wound up leaving on a sour note.

He was able to rehab his image in 2023 with the Baltimore Ravens. Again on a one-year deal, he had 43 tackles and 9.5 sacks, tying his career high.

The Cowboys showed interest in Clowney back in 2021 but the two sides never came to terms. They could revisit the idea once again, but a one-year deal would be advisable, so he doesn't wear out his welcome.