Missing Pieces the Dallas Cowboys Could Still Get

Jason HenryCorrespondent IJune 3, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18:  Ernie Sims #55 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates after the Colts beat the Tennessee Titans 27-13  in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have more than a few holes on their football team that need addressing. The team did a great job of picking up cornerback Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne, but it may not be enough.

There is still time to grab a defensive lineman, another safety and maybe an outside linebacker.

The Cowboys still need an edge rusher and depending on how rookie Tyrone Crawford works out, another lineman would be good for competition purposes.

Until training camp gets started, there is still time to speculate. Here are a few player the Cowboys can still grab before training camp begins.


Maurice Stovall, WR—Stovall is 27 now and may be out of the league for good in a few seasons. I remember watching Stovall at Bucs training camp and thinking that he could one day lead the Bucs in receiving yards due to his talent, height and physical nature.

Well, I was obviously wrong.

He’s 6’5,” 220 pounds and runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Stovall is not going to lead Dallas in yards and won’t ever compete for the top receiver spot. But for competition and new blood purposes, I believe Dallas should look at him for their slot position.

Maybe just a tryout during training camp and the preseason to see how he meshes with Romo. I believe its worth a shot.


Raheem Brock, DE—Brock spent the vast majority of his career as a Colt and the last two in Seattle. He’s never been a sack machine, but had a career high of nine in Seattle in 2010.

Brock would compete for the starting job, but he would be more of a rotational player on obvious passing downs or as a changeup.

My honest thought is that the Cowboys will not explore this and Brock will remain on the open market. He still has some gas left and maybe some speed on those legs as well.


Deon Grant, S—The Cowboys have no interest (via ESPN) in Grant as evidenced by the article I just posted. Last year I was a huge proponent of bringing Grant in, but the Giants re-signed him.

He’s 33 years old and on the downside of his career. My reasoning for bringing him for the Cowboys would be for competition, veteran leadership and the team’s weakness at the safety position.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14: Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys stiff arms Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants as he runs the ball on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty
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What do the Cowboys have to lose?


Ernie Sims, OLB—Sims is a pure athlete and will bring speed and a very aggressive nature to the team. Problem with him is that his skill has never translated to on-the-field success. Or at least sustained on-the-field success.

Sims would compete for a starting job and add depth to the position that brings worry to a lot of fans.


Jason Brown, C—The Rams grabbed Brown back in 2009 to bolster their offensive line. In 2011, he was benched.

He’s still a free agent and the Cowboys need help at center. They do not trust current roster holders Phil Costa and Kevin Kowalski and adding Brown may push both men to play better.

Brown is looking to turn his career around and bringing him for training camp and preseason may be good for Dallas.