The 2011 season has quickly come to its disappointing end. The end has brought nothing to us but a quick realization that it might be time to rebuild. Rebuilding for a team with winning aspirations and vicious fans will take a balance of youth and veterans to help Jason Garrett start his era off in the right direction.
The NFL collective bargaining agreement stops Free Agency to start immediately but there will still be some names worth bringing in regardless of the draft. We’ll take a look at the Top 5 Free Agents worth pursuing:
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland:
Nnamdi has quietly delivered a HOF career. Perhaps not numerically, but by playing with sound mechanics and technique, so much in fact that Quarterbacks don’t throw to him. If Revis is a the best shut-down corner, Nnamdi is a close second. His age will deter Garrett from looking at him and the money he demands will almost certainly put him out of the Cowboys plans. However, if they can make it work he’ll fit perfectly.
Chance of becoming a Cowboy: Highly-Unlikely
Antonio Cromartie, CB, Jets:
Cromartie is another lock down corner who has a great reputation. He was a bit overshadowed by Revis this year, and though he creates a great tandem in New York the money the Jets gave Revis last year will more than likely make Cromartie too much money for the New York/New Jersey Jets.
Cromartie is 26 years old and bring veteran leadership and tremendous talent to a team that has a secondary that is consistently burnt. I think that Garrett will definitely have to consider the boost Cromartie will bring to the struggling Dallas Cowboys.
Chance of becoming a Cowboy- Moderate
Cullen Jenkins, DE, GB
Jenkins is big boy who is made for the 3-4 scheme. He isn’t a spectacular DE like that of Julius Peppers and has been injured the 2010 season. However, He knows how to get to the quarterback—registering 7 sacks in 11 games and at 305 lbs he has the ability to clog up the holes.
Jenkins experience age (29) will likely send him looking for work from Green Bay, but his ability, size, and experience with the 3-4 defense could find him a starting gig on the right side of the Cowboys defensive line
Chance of becoming Cowboys: Likely
Dawan is a product of the Ray Lewis inspired Ravens defense. Though it’s hard to imagine Baltimore lets Dawan Landry leave, he still presents something special to any team interested. Landry isn’t your rangy safety, often overshadowed by Ed Reed, Landry still gets notice by hitting extreme power while accompanying that power with coverage ability. Most noticeable is Landry’s intensity, which could provide the vocal leader we’ve been missing for a while.
Chance of becoming a Cowboy: Unlikely
Doug Free, OT, DAL
Free received an awful lot of criticism at the beginning of the year and responded very impressively. You’ll hear Cowboys fans demand upgrades to the offensive line, but trust that none of those demands mean the replacement of Free who going to be the Leader of what will be a revamped offensive line over the next 2 years.
Free becomes a free agent after his first year as a starter. His technique is greatly improved and his speed makes him an asset on screen and toss plays. The Cowboys will be targeting more players like Free in the Draft and Free Agency over this offseason and next.
Chance of remaining a Cowboy: Highly Likely
Honorable Mention: Barrett Ruud (LB/TB)