Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Brandon Carr at Cowboys Stadium Tuesday
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The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff is meeting with Brandon Carr at Cowboys Stadium this Tuesday afternoon. In what appears to be a full court press to sign Carr right away, the Cowboys coaches are "rolling out the red carpet," according to Josh Ellis, of DallasCowboys.com.
This information should sit well with the Cowboys fan base. In a poll conducted earlier this week, over 72 percent of respondents indicated Dallas should focus on the secondary this offseason. Rob Ryan would appear to agree, he's been quoted a few times saying he is only looking at defensive backs.
It would seem that the logical move is take care of the secondary in free agency, get an elite pass rusher in the first round and find more secondary and offensive line help in rounds two through seven. After that, there is still more free agency help to be gained in the way of undrafted free agents.
As much as Dallas has been criticized for its drafts over the years, one area it has truly shined is in finding undrafted rookies. Tony Romo, Miles Austin and Phillip Tanner are just a few examples.
So here is an optimistic scenario for the Cowboys: Sign Brandon Carr to play corner opposite Mike Jenkins. Sign a veteran guard or center to shore up the offensive line.
It doesn't have to be a top tier free agent, they probably don't have the money to sign a Carl Nicks and a Brandon Carr—especially after the league fined them. But that's all right, because a competent guard or center would still be a massive upgrade to the line they fielded in 2011.
Will Dallas sign Carr and address its most pressing needs in FA?
Next, trust what the game film tells you about Laurent Robinson: he's for real. Romo was more comfortable with where Robinson would be in his patterns than he was guessing where Dez Bryant was heading. Robinson will be worth the money. If you have to pay him more than a typical third WR, that's fine, because he played like your 2nd WR all year. The guy is too fast, too reliable and scores too many TD's to let him go. Sign him.
Next, the Draft:
1) Take the best pass rushing DE or LB available in the first round. They don't last past the first round, so you need to take one here.
2) Take the best defensive back available in the second round.
3) Take the best proven, pass catching, athletic tight end available in the third round. To fully appreciate the logic of this, check out this analysis.
4) Finish the draft taking the best players available, with an eye toward your offensive line and linebackers.
So that's my take on how the Cowboys should proceed, what do you think?
If Dallas manages to sign Carr, how confident are you that Dallas can address the many needs they have this off season? Give us your plan for the Cowboys below.
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