Cowboys ‘didn’t close’ when signing 4 times professional bowler

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Cowboys could sign free agent Anthony Barr.

The Dallas Cowboys “didn’t close” with the addition of free agent Pro Bowl four times.

As the Cowboys started training camp, one of their weaker positions appeared to be at defender. That’s because aside from reigning rookie of the year Micah Parsons and veteran Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys don’t have any established defenders.

According to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Stephen Jones hasn’t ruled out signing four-time Pro Bowl supporter Anthony Barr. However, Dallas wants to consider their young defenders – such as second-year defender Jabril Cox – before making a final decision on Barr.

“And even though they opened training camp with nothing to do with Barr, vice president Stephen Jones said the four-time Pro Bowler is still a viable option,” Hill said. “He said the team wants to consider second-year quarterback Jabril Cox and other defenders in training camp before making a final decision on Barr, who played eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.”


Why the Cowboys care about Barr

Barr has been linked with the Cowboys for most of the season. As Sports Illustrated’s Daniel Flick and Mike Fisher noted in their July 19 column, Barr is considered a veteran who can contribute in the same way as Parsons.

“Inside The Star, sources have long acknowledged CowboysSI.com’s interest in Barr while thinking that Barr qualifies as a Micah helper, or even a “Micah Lite.” Weak side queue. Passing people across the street. Drop into coverage area. Presence of veterans. So yeah, the Cowboys knew,” Flick and Fisher said.

The Cowboys’ depth at the linebacker is less than guaranteed. Cox is limited to just seven games after being torn apart by the ACL midway through his rookie season. Meanwhile, Vander Esch only played 19/32 matches due to injury in the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

As Hill notes, the Cowboys have signed defender Malik Jefferson – and possibly Barr – to prepare for any possible injuries to Cox and Vander Esch.

But given the injury history of Cox and Vander Esch, who have returned on a one-year contract, the Cowboys are looking at veterans coverage options. “They signed former Texas star Malik Jefferson, who has been with the four teams since being picked in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2018. But the door isn’t closed for Barr, Jones said. With about $22 million in limited room available, the Cowboys have the space to add Barr to the roster. “

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Barr can relieve the pressure of Parsons

The 30-year-old Barr remains a free agent expected until the end of July as injuries have plagued him in recent years. Barr was limited to just 11 games in the 2021 season and appeared in just two in the 2020 season due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Barr signed up for four consecutive Pro Bowl campaigns from 2015 to 2018 as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. While he’s certainly not the star he used to be, he’s more than likely contributing to a secondary role for Parsons.

The veteran midfielder has 72 tackles, 2.5 clearances, 3 interceptions and 5 clearances in 11 games in the 2021 season.

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