The Dallas Cowboys have once again held true to their gameplan of sitting out the first wave of NFL free agency. The second step of that plan, however, begins now. Stephen Jones and the Cowboys front office wasted little time diving into the second wave of free agency by bringing in former Colts safety Clayton Geathers and former Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb to the Star this past Monday for visits.
While both players left Frisco without a deal Monday night, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports confirmed that Cobb did indeed agree to a deal with Dallas on Tuesday.
Randall Cobb has agreed to a deal with Cowboys #scoopage
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) March 19, 2019
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added the terms of the deal: 1 year, $5 million.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2019
The veteran Cobb is coming off an injury-riddled season, statistically his worst of his career. However, when healthy, the University of Kentucky product is still one of the leagues most dangerous slot receivers.
With Cobb, Tavon Austin, Allen Hurns and Cedrik Wilson the Cowboys will have an array of options to replace Cole Beasley, who decided to take his talents to Buffalo.
Dallas was not done there though. The team also brought former All-Pro safety Eric Berry in for a visit on Tuesday. Having played just three games in the past two seasons, Berry is the exact definition of a high-risk high reward type of signing. The Cowboys could use an upgrade from Jeff Heath at the strong safety position and the type of leadership Berry would bring to a young secondary is unmatched.
Cowboys Nation will have to wait a bit it seems though as Berry has left Dallas without a deal according to Yahoo Sports.
Eric Berry’s visit in Dallas is complete, I’m told. He’s headed to the airport. More visits are expected to be scheduled.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 19, 2019
This was to be expected. Eric Berry is on the open market for the first time in his career. It is only natural that he would want to shop his services around. Especially considering we all know he wasn’t getting top dollar in Dallas. The Cowboys could still work something out here as Randall Cobb also left without a deal on his initial visit.
Finally, the Cowboys engaged the Miami Dolphins in trade talks surrounding defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn was seen at the Star on Tuesday and is rumored to be working on an extension with Dallas to help facilitate a trade. It has also been speculated that Miami would pay a large portion of Quinn’s 2019 $11 million salary.
It sounds as if this deal could be completed as early as tonight. Mike Fisher has reported that Quinn expects to have a meeting with Jerry Jones tonight where the deal could be finalized.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) March 19, 2019
While it is fun to poke fun at Dallas for their inactivity during the first week of free agency every year, 2019 seems to be deviating a BIT from their norm. In years past players like Cobb and Berry wouldn’t even receive a second thought whether it be because of age, injury, etc. The simple fact that they are even bringing these type of free agents in for visits is an improvement in their philosophy in my opinion.
The best part? This might only be the start to a very exciting two months for Cowboys fans.