The injury bug is a ruthless and unforgiving animal, and it always strikes when we least expect it. Dallas suffered their biggest loss of the season this Thursday. Trevon Diggs suffered a torn ACL in 1 on 1 drills, according to Ian Rapoport. He will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. While the Cowboys’ CB room is already quite stacked, Dallas can’t afford to let the injury bug spread its infection. Here are some CBs the Cowboys should visit in the absence of Diggs, and some they shouldn’t bother with.
CBs the Cowboys Should Target and Avoid
Target: CB Greedy Williams
Once a star CB who thrived in LSU’s 2019 God Squad, Williams has not lived up to the hype that he brought on tape. He was unable to climb the depth chart in Cleveland, landing him in Philadelphia. The ladder is even steeper in Philadelphia, just look at their CB room. It’s only a matter of time before he’s an afterthought in Philly. He won’t have a steep roster to climb if he joins Dan Quinn’s defense. Williams will truly have a chance to get greedy with the football if he beats out Noah Igbinoghene for CB4.
Williams has two interceptions in his career, both coming in 2021 with Cleveland. While that was long ago, learning under a defensive wizard like Dan Quinn could help Williams turn back the clock. We’ve seen Quinn do it before. Williams is a solid young CB prospect with untapped potential that Dallas shouldn’t overlook.
Avoid: CB William Jackson III
Jackson is a sub-4.4 Cornerback and a four-year starter in Cincinnati. His highlight reel in Washington was cut short, as he only lasted sixteen total. Since landing in and getting cut from Pittsburgh, Jackson iii now finds himself back on the market. He is a declining CB that allows big plays and can’t seem to stay healthy. The trade to Washington wasn’t exactly worth the money, as Jackson only played 16 games over two years.
Jackson has a problem with holding penalties and allowing big plays. This is something that Dallas can’t necessarily afford if they want to win the Super Bowl this year.
Two days prior to Diggs’ knee injury, Philadelphia brought Jackson iii in for a workout. Don’t be blown away if Dallas does the same thing. While he is a veteran CB Dallas could land for cheap, it just wouldn’t make sense. Jackson III would likely be the worst CB on the roster if he signed. Don’t put your money on a Cowboys visit with CB William Jackson.
Target: CB Bradley Roby
Yes, the Bradley Roby that was just cut by New Orleans. The former first-round pick has a Super Bowl ring, and multiple interceptions on each team he’s graced. Since being cut by New Orleans, Roby has yet to find himself in a locker room. Roby hasn’t played less than ten games with each team. Availability really is the best ability.
Cowboys fans might remember Michael Gallup mossing Roby for a touchdown in the Cowboys-Saints matchup in 2021. Not to worry, though, as the Fort Worth native bounced back after this game. He has played limited snaps on special teams, and this would likely increase if he joined John Fassel’s side of the ball.
Overall, Bradley Roby is the best option Dallas currently has in terms of free-agent signings. He has a chance to continue his takeaway streak, as well as contribute on special teams immediately.
Avoid: CB Anthony Brown
Ouch. The seven-year starter saw lots of ups and downs throughout his career, improving and declining each year. While the reunion would warm hearts and add depth, in 2023 Dallas can’t shoot themselves in the foot by bringing him home.
Brown was released by Dallas in 2023 after continuing to play mediocre football. Cowboys fans begged for his dismissal after the 2022 Thanksgiving massacre against the Raiders. In that game alone, Brown committed four penalties that resulted in 91 yards and essentially won Las Vegas that game. While Brown didn’t play this bad again for the Cowboys, they can’t risk it.
Brown recently signed with Pittsburgh, only lasting two weeks. While he is currently on the San Francisco 49ers active roster, it’s unlikely he will see the field. Dallas shouldn’t let emotion run the ship in times like this. While his reunion would be a great story, the Cowboys should not visit with CB Anthony Brown.
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