Week one of the NFL season officially ends at midnight, which means NFL veterans are eligible to sign with teams Tuesday morning.
The Dallas Cowboys suffered their fair share of injuries Sunday night in Leighton Vander Esch, Cam Erving and Blake Jarwin, which were all positions Dallas entered that game thin at.
The reports are Jarwin is done for the year with a torn ACL and Vander Esch is out for six to eight weeks with a broken collarbone.
Dalton Schultz had one catch for 11 yards in replacement of Jarwin, so it’s safe to assume Dallas will attempt to bring in a veteran to help shoulder that load. Sean Lee was already lost to the team for the first three weeks of the season, which forced the team to turn to Joe Thomas.
Luckily, help could be on the way if Dallas chooses to add vetern talent to the team.
Brandon Carr, DB
I know this wouldn’t be a name that snatches headlines, nor appease Cowboy fans, but if we’re taking Stephen Jones at his word than the team will truly look internally at finding defensive help before bringing in an outside source.
Carr spent five seasons with the team – making all 80 starts at cornerback during that span. After leaving the team in 2017, Carr spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens sharing snaps at their strong safety position. He managed six interceptions in three seasons and will be a quick plug in relief of Darian Thompson.
Delanie Walker, TE
Former Pro Bowl tight end Delanie Walker is 36-years-old and way past his athletic prime. However, there aren’t many other viable veteran options Dallas could turn to at this moment.
Walker has played in just eight games in the past two seasons as ankle problems has caused him to miss some time. In his last fully healthy season in 2017 with the Titans, he caught 74 passes for 807 yards and three touchdowns.
He would be a more than cheap option at tight end and has been an effective run blocker over his career.
There are younger options at linebacker Dallas could take a chance on such as Mychal Kendricks and Darron Lee – who both have off-the-field issues to sort out before returning to a team. But Matthews is an immediate option that could help Dallas until Sean Lee returns to the starting lineup.
Will Matthews suddenly regain his All-Pro form in Dallas, in a reunion with Mike McCarthy? That’s unlikely, but if he comes anywhere near the eight sacks he secured for the Rams in 2019, count it as a victory.
He recently turned down an offer from the Denver Broncos but still wants to play football.
He’s a vested veteran who McCarht has familiarity with.
Damon Harrison, IL
Personal pick for me. There was some buzz around Damon “Snacks” Harrison earlier this offseason before the team chose to go with Dontari Poe, but Sunday showed Dallas has hardly corrected the interior of their defensive line.
The Rams rushing attack looked similar to their 2019 playoff game against Dallas where they got whatever they wanted on the ground. Poe was brought him to solidify the middle as a space eating defensive tackle, but wasn’t nearly as productive as the team hoped he would be.
Harrison provides another cheap option to sure up the inside of the line and provide more one-on-one opportunities for Aldon Smith and DeMarcus Lawrence.
Earl Thomas, S
Pure fan and media speculation is really the only reason Thomas’ name continues to be attached to the Dallas Cowboys. Since Thomas ran to Dallas’ locker room in 2018 fans have made this the dream pairing for the team.
Thomas has been cut from both of his previous two teams, which is possibly why Dallas hasn’t been open on signing the former All-Pro safety.
It would be a headline grabbing signing though it doesn’t appear likely right now.
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