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TXsin


Joined: 04 Feb 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 12:53 am    Post subject: FA Free Safety Reply with quote

Solid FS available...
Kennoy Kennedy* my pick...
Dwight Smith
Terreal Bierria
Idrees Bashir

Any of these guys would be a big upgrade...
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chiefm9


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Location: new york
PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kennedy is the worst blows too too many coverages but
can hit like roy.

Smith makes plays he would be my choice.

Bierria i have not seen too much of playing in Seattle
that's all i know

Bashir no way seen that Colts d too much.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dwight Smith is my choice all the way.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2005 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jus because i dont want to clog the forum, im going to post this artcle here instead of making a new thread. please, all of you who are confused about our saftey situation, read this twice!

Cowboys Must Hit In Finding Woody's Replacement

Nick Eatman
DallasCowboys.com Staff Writer
Feb. 25, 2005, 5:27 p.m. (CST)

(Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series analyzing the Cowboys' biggest needs heading into free agency, which begins on March 2, and just who is expected to be available. Today's look is at safety.)

IRVING, Texas - That day finally came this past season.

You know, the day many people in Dallas thought they'd never see.

Because for so long, it appeared Darren Woodson just might play forever, always coming back year after year, and in seemingly better shape each time.

However, Woodson's glorious career did come to a rather abrupt end last year, when a back injury that required surgery just before training camp forced him to miss the entire season. After a few attempts to make it back during the middle of the year, it became clear to Woodson that it was time to hang it up, and he retired from the game last month after 13 seasons.

And now the true task awaits the Cowboys: Replacing Darren Woodson.

Now having Roy Williams, a two-time Pro Bowler returning at one of the safety positions, is a good thing, but the Cowboys found out firsthand last season that even Williams needs some help.

The Cowboys tried a combination of Tony Dixon and Lynn Scott to replace Woodson, but neither proved to be the answer. In fact, both players are unrestricted free agents come March 2. While it appears Dixon will not be resigned, Scott could return, although probably not for much more than the league-minimum for a fifth-year veteran.

Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells said near the end of last season he wants to see more from Keith Davis at the safety position. Davis was clearly the team's most consistent special teams performer in 2004 and made enough plays to convince Parcells it's time to at least give him some looks on defense.

But regardless if the Cowboys re-sign Scott or Dixon, or even both, and even if Davis does get his shot at safety, the club still needs outside help at the position.

And the best place to grab instant help at safety would be in free agency, which begins March 2. It's unlikely the Cowboys will want to risk drafting another safety, especially in the first two rounds of the draft. Remember, the Cowboys drafted Dixon in the second round in 2001 (55th overall) and then Williams the following season with the eighth overall pick.

Just like the cornerback position, the Cowboys need to get some veterans at safety - players who have adjusted to the new illegal contact rules, which made it even harder for defensive backs to aggressively cover receivers.

At the safety position, considering the Cowboys already lost 13 years of experience and leadership from Woodson, it just makes more sense to restock the position with a veteran, maybe two depending on the price - especially since at least half the starting secondary has no more than three years of experience.

There aren't many big-name superstars found while scanning the list of free-agent-to-be safeties, but then again, to play alongside Williams, that's not exactly what the Cowboys need. In fact, even though Williams was playing free safety last year, expect the Cowboys to sign a true free safety who is more adept in pass coverage, which would allow Williams to move back to strong safety, his more natural position.

The Cowboys might have had some interest in Jacksonville veteran Donovin Dariuis, but the Jaguars placed the franchise tag on him last week. And while Green Bay Pro Bowler Darren Sharper might have a cap charge of more than $8 million next year, it appears Sharper might redo his contract to lower his cap figure so he can remain with the Packers.

Among the unrestricted free agents available, the Cowboys have their eyes on Tampa Bay's Dwight Smith, a two-year starter for the Buccaneers who had 104 tackles last season. Smith also had three interceptions and four forced fumbles. Maybe even more inviting, he's still rather young, not turning 27 until August.

Other free agents on the market include Denver's Kennoy Kennedy, who is from nearby Terrell, Texas. Kennedy is considered one of the NFL's hardest-hitting safeties and played strong safety his first three years in the league. However, when Denver signed veteran John Lynch last season, Kennedy played more free safety, so he has the experience to play both. The Cowboys have often used their safeties interchangeably, and an opportunity to return home, possibly even for less money, could entice Kennedy to sign in Dallas.

Also keep an eye on Seattle's Terreal Bierria and Indianapolis' Idrees Bashir as possible free-agent pick ups.

And two of the players the Cowboys might be interested in acquiring are actually restricted free agents, meaning clubs will likely have to give up compensation to pry them away from their original teams.

That would be the case if the Cowboys signed Pittsburgh safety Chris Hope to an offer sheet. Not only would the Steelers have the right to match the offer, but depending on what kind of restricted tender Pittsburgh gives to Hope, the Cowboys would likely have to give up a draft pick to obtain him. More than likely, the Steelers will give Hope an original-draft-pick tender, which would mean the Cowboys would then have to give up a third-rounder this year to sign him - which by the way, they don't have, having traded it to Houston last spring to acquire Drew Henson.

Another restricted free agent who might be easier to obtain is Baltimore's Will Demps, who started all 16 games alongside Pro Bowler Ed Reed last year. Demps is restricted, but since he came into the league as an undrafted free agent, Baltimore would have to place a first-round tender on Demps to get anything in return. A minimum tender would mean giving up nothing for Demps if the Ravens chose not to match an offer sheet.

Of course, though, the Ravens have until March 1 to re-sign Demps, who had 86 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception, to a long-term deal before the March 1 deadline.

http://www.dallascowboys.com/news_800.cfm?id=4BD49DA7-9B62-3D2C-C1D21028916ED6E1
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