With DeMarcus Ware set to enter his age-32 season and already clearly fading in 2013, the Cowboys haven’t been able to generate the sort of pass rush they’ll need to sustain success in the postseason, assuming they even make it there.
George Selvie has been a nice free-agent addition, and I think he should get an extension, but the Cowboys’ long-term defensive end situation is still very much up in the air.
Potential Free Agents
Jared Allen (Minnesota Vikings)
Michael Bennett (Seattle Seahawks)
Willie Young (Detroit Lions)
You’re going to notice a common theme throughout this slideshow, which is that high-profile free agents are unlikely to come to Dallas since the team doesn’t have much cap space. Even if the team shuffles funds around, it probably wouldn’t be smart for Dallas to add players such as Allen, who will be 32 next season.
Bennett and Young are both a few years younger, although they too might be out of Dallas’ price range. Young is the most likely candidate to get signed, in my view, but my hunch is that the Cowboys will hang on to their current starters and find help via the draft.
Trent Murphy (Stanford)
Chris Smith (Arkansas)
If the Cowboys go after a pass-rusher in the first round, Murphy will be on their radar. At 6’6”, he has the prototypical length that defensive coordinators love.
A round or two later, the ‘Boys might be able to land Smith. He’s shorter at only 6’3”, so his arm length will be critical. If he has unusually long arms for his height, he might end up being a sensational value.