We posted this week about how the proposed collective bargaining agreement could hurt the Dallas Cowboys, by making restricted free agents such as Doug Free, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher unrestricted. Today, we look at how the proposed CBA could help the team.
The safety class would get decidedly deeper by the same shift in rules that could potentially allow Free, Bowen and Hatcher to leave Dallas--adding San Diego’s Eric Weddle, Chicago’s Danieal Manning and Indianapolis’s Melvin Bullitt to the group of safeties free to explore free agency, and potentially give Dallas some much needed help in the secondary.
As Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas pointed out on Thursday, both Manning and Bullitt have roots in the DFW area--Manning a product of Corsicana and Bullitt a Garland Naaman Forest alum.
The group will likely draw some interest from Dallas--and even if the team opts against pursuing one of the aforementioned three, a deeper safety pool means a better shot at landing a quality, and just as importantly, a game ready player prior to the 2011 season.
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