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Woodson Says Cowboys Need Veteran Safety

Darren Woodson would like to see a George Teague-like presence in the secondary

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No one doubts the Dallas Cowboys could use some help at the safety spot opposite Barry Church, but where to find that help?

Many draft experts have the team addressing the need in the first round of this year’s draft, maybe going after Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or Louisville’s Calvin Pryor. But according to Darren Woodson, one of the best safeties in Cowboys history, what the secondary needs is a veteran--not a rookie--meaning they’d be better off finding help in free agency.

“Going into the season, I thought Barry [Church] was going to have a really good year,” Woodson told the team’s official website. “For the most part, he played extremely well. He tackles well in space. He plays hard. He’s mentally ready to play. I just think he needs another guy. Again, I would like to see a veteran presence back there with him, someone who can sharpen each other.”

For much of Woodson’s career, that “someone” was George Teague.

“George Teague was one of the best safeties I ever played with,” Woodson said. “He was great for our team. He was a leader. He knew how to get guys lined up. And he would call people out. That’s what the Cowboys need right now.”

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