3 NFC East Rivals the Cowboys Can Steal in Free Agency

Cowboys are being purged, so maybe they should purge back?

Cowboys, Isaiah Simmons
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1. Isaiah Simmons, LB, New York Giants

Isaiah Simmons was a Swiss Army Knife for the Clemson Tigers but that might have been a hindrance to him early in his career.

The Arizona Cardinals used the eighth overall pick in 2020 on Simmons but then couldn't seem to decide whether or not he was a safety or linebacker. In college, it might be fine to let him roam and use his athleticism to make plays all over the field. But in the NFL, it's best to let someone master one position before trying that.

In three seasons with Arizona, He finished with 258 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and four interceptions. Still, they didn't feel he lived up to their expectations and sent him to the New York Giants in 2023 in exchange for a 2024 seventh-round pick.

With the Giants, Simmons had 50 tackles, one sack, and one interception. He again hits the open market and for the Cowboys, he's a player that could make sense — if the price is right.

Simmons has plenty of size at 6-foot-4 and 238 pounds but moves like someone 20 pounds lighter. He also excels in coverage, earning an 82.7 grade from PFF while with New York. He could play the same role Markquese Bell did in 2023 without being a hindrance against the run. That would also allow Bell to replace Jayron Kearse, who might not return.

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