Twelve Free Agents that should be talking to Cowboys

Pro Football Weekly dropped the Top 100 NFL Free Agents list – Go here.

Here’s twelve guys from the list I think the Cowboys should talk to…

6. Carl Nicks
OG | New Orleans Saints
Age: 27 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Nicks was one of the best interior offensive linemen in football a season ago. Considering the Saints gave ORG Jahri Evans a monster contract last offseason, they could be challenged to keep the powerful Nicks, who is likely to be the latest in a growing line of guards to strike it rich in free agency.

Go big or go home Jerry if you are really set on building a great offensive line.

11. Cortland Finnegan
CB | Tennessee Titans
Age: 28 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Finnegan is one of the game’s better players at a position that has become exceedingly valuable with passing on the increase and the stellar play of quarterbacks one of the defining traits of the 2011 season. He is instinctive, competitive and tough, will not back down from opponents and is capable of shutting down quality receivers when he’s at his best. He will be very much in demand if Tennessee allows him to test the market.

Tough as nails. Brings a bad boy mentality along with his above average game.

18. Brandon Carr
CB | Kansas City Chiefs
Age: 26 | FA Type: Unrestricted

With the Chiefs signing ex-Raiders CB Stanford Routt to a three-year deal on Feb. 21, Carr might price himself out of Kansas City. A productive starter who has defended 65 passes and grabbed eight interceptions in four NFL seasons, Carr is likely to be in demand when free agency begins.

Young and full of potential. Fits what Rob Ryan wants in a CB with his size.

19. Ben Grubbs
OG | Baltimore Ravens
Age: 28 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Grubbs, who made the Pro Bowl in 2011, doesn’t make many mistakes and is solid both as a run blocker and as a pass protector. The Ravens would like to keep him. “Ben is a player that we’d love to have back in Baltimore,” GM Ozzie Newsome said at the NFL Scouting Combine.

If Nicks isn’t the answer then you take Grubbs who can also play at a high level.

22. John Abraham
DE | Atlanta Falcons
Age: 34 | FA Type: Unrestricted

With 112 career sacks, including 9½ in 2011, Abraham is one of the premier pass rushers of his time. However, his age and the wear and tear sustained over a long career are issues that have to be weighed. The Falcons would like to re-sign him, but at their price, and Abraham likely will test the market.

I know he’s old, but get him on a two year deal and team him with Spencer across from Ware as a pass rush specialist.

43. Laurent Robinson
WR | Dallas Cowboys
Age: 27 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Robinson’s fifth NFL season (and first with Dallas) was far and away his best. Robinson, signed just before the season after being released by San Diego, set career highs in catches (54), yards (858) and TDs (11). Robinson’s playmaking ability and dependability — he caught two-thirds of the passes thrown his way — are two of his selling points as he enters free agency.

Romo loves him so make sure he’s back in the mix Jerry.

49. Eric Wright
CB | Detroit Lions
Age: 27 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Consistency is the issue with Wright. He will be dependable for stretches but can struggle mightily at times, such as he did in the regular-season loss at New Orleans in December. Overall, though, he played well in his first season in Detroit.

Played for Ryan with the Browns. Could turn into a solid starter if you can’t snag a top FA CB.

57. Richard Marshall
CB | Arizona Cardinals
Age: 27 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Marshall’s experience (55 career starts) and versatility (he can play cornerback or safety) are assets. Moreover, he is still relatively young. The Cardinals would like to re-sign him, but he figures to draw interest from other clubs.

He played well at Free Safety for Cards at times last season. Bring him in on a workable deal and see where he fits.

62. Reggie Nelson
FS | Cincinnati Bengals
Age: 28 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Nelson has jump-started his career in Cincinnati. The former Jaguars No. 1 pick runs well, but he has occasionally struggled with consistency. Were he to depart, the Bengals would have a clear need in the secondary.

All the physical talent is there for him to be a great Free Safety. Check the cost and maybe he’s an upgrade from Elam.

76. Jason Campbell
QB | Oakland Raiders
Age: 30 | FA Type: Unrestricted

With the Raiders making a major commitment to Carson Palmer, Campbell could sign elsewhere. He was having a solid season before suffering a broken collaRBone in October, leading then-head coach Hue Jackson to trade for Palmer. Campbell has thrown more touchdown passes than interceptions in all six NFL seasons in which he has played.

Stephen McGee would lose games if you had to start him.

79. Thomas Decoud
S | Atlanta Falcons
Age: 27 | FA Type: Unrestricted

The Falcons would like to bring back DeCoud, a three-year starter, at the right price. He set career highs in tackles (86) and interceptions (four) in 2011.

I just really don’t want Abe Elam ad his zero Int’s and zero pass break ups back on this defense in 2012.

87. Eddie Royal
WR | Denver Broncos
Age: 26 | FA Type: Unrestricted

Royal caught 91 passes as a rookie in 2008, but he has made just 115 catches in three seasons since. Quick but slight, Royal adds value as a returner, too. He developed a good rapport with QB Tim Tebow in 2011.

If you can’t get Robinson back then Royal can be a nice 3rd WR and also a special teams asset for the Cowboys.


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5 Responses to Twelve Free Agents that should be talking to Cowboys

  1. Anonymous says:

    Nicks is a very good player but I’d rather draft Decastro at 14, plug him in and it would cost a fraction of the cost of Nicks…..Decastro and sign a free agent center, that would fix the Oline

    sign a corner,linebacker and safety and resign Robinson and get ready for the draft..

  2. Give me Decastro, Bruce Irvin (the next Ware) and George Iloka and i would wet my pants!!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Give me this list: Brandon Carr, L.Robinson, Dan O’Connor and R.Marshall. Call me crazy but I like Nagy, especially after an off-season of working out and new o line coach improve his skills. Trade down and draft DeCastro or Glenn. Take Irvin and Bokyins in the second round. 3rd target G. Iloka or the highest rated CB you can find. The rest of the draft d lineman.

    • If Decastro falls to us, there is no way the Cowboys are going to pass on him. I have a feeling he will not. Because of recent rise of Poe, i think that scenario might work. Stephon Gilmore should be a good addition for us to in the 2nd or 3rd. I do think that we will maneuver to trade twice in the second due to an extra 3rd we might get for losing Bowen. I like Marshall.

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