Cowboys-Shaquille Leonard Rumors Take Exciting Next Step

The rumors connecting the Dallas Cowboys and free agent Shaquille Leonard have taken an exciting next step.

Aug 15, 2023; Westfield, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) laughs with
Aug 15, 2023; Westfield, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) laughs with / Mykal McEldowney-USA TODAY Sports
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Despite moving to 8-3 on the season in Week 12, the Dallas Cowboys will still consider any free agents who could help them down the stretch. One of those players has recently hit the market, as veteran linebacker Shaquille Leonard is available after recently being released by the Indianapolis Colts.

There's been some buzz connecting Leonard and Dallas since the LB cleared waivers, and it's only grown over the weekend.

Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys are hosting Leonard for a visit in Week 13. While an exact day hasn't been decided yet, it'd be no surprise if he comes in early, especially with another Thursday kickoff on tap.

This is officially the next step toward these two sides joining forces, which is incredibly exciting. It'll give both parties a chance to assess how well they fit together.

Considering Leonard's length injury history, it's wise for Dallas' coaching staff to get a good read on what he's able to contribute at this stage of his career. The three-time Pro Bowler has appeared in nine games for the Colts this season, so it appears he's healthy enough to help right away, but an in-person workout will give the Cowboys a much better understanding of his current shape.

Signing Leonard, assuming he's okay health-wise, makes a ton of sense for Dallas. He'd provide an experienced depth option at the very least to help fill the void left behind by Leighton Vander Esch, and it's possible playing alongside this talented group helps him get back to his playmaking ways.

If Leonard's visit this week goes well, he might just leave the building as the newest Cowboy in town.

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