Most of the needs the Dallas Cowboys have heading into the offseason were on defense. For now, at this stage of the period, they’re trying to add a free agent safety.
The Cowboys main target was Eric Weddle, but the former San Diego Chargers player preferred signing with the Baltimore Ravens, spurning not just the Cowboys but at least three more teams.
Right now the situation for the Cowboys isn’t too glorious. They’re planning on moving Byron Jones, their first round selection last season, to cornerback full time next season after a good rookie campaign at safety. They think highly enough of Barry Church, and J.J. Wilcox is inconsistent if not worse, leaving the Cowboys very thin at Safety.
There are a number of guys out there who could help them, although none of them were good enough to get that big money offer in the first week, meaning there’s a flaw or five in each of them, which is reasonable. The Cowboys don’t have the cap space once again to make splashy free agency signings and will hope the draft proves useful, maybe at Safety as well.
Right now the main guy they’re looking at is Dashon Goldson who was released by the Washington Redskins after the season was over. Goldson isn’t the star he was when he left the San Francisco 49ers, but the Redskins are considering bringing him back. Meanwhile, the Cowboys are trying to bring him in for a visit before he re-signs with their division rivals.
Other names on the shortlist? Reggie Nelson, Rashad Johnson, Husain Abdullah, David Bruton, and Rahim Moore, all of them not picking up too much interest so far. Another name that’s been coming up is Walter Thurmond, another division rival who played for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and the New York Giants in 2014. Right now, the 28-year old, who won the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013, is leaning towards retirement despite offers of around $4 million a season from teams.
The Cowboys already tried signing Nolan Carroll off the Eagles, but the cornerback, after visiting both the Cowboys and the Dolphins, preferred staying in Philadelphia.