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Cowboys 2020 Free Agency: S Darian Thompson May be Worth Re-Signing

One of the many scheduled to hit in 2020 is . While he's not a big name compared to his teammates, Thompson is a young and versatile player who Dallas may want to consider re- for next season.

Thompson has spent the last two seasons with Dallas in a backup role, but we saw that role increase last year as he was credited with four starts. He had a standout performance in against the Bears, leading the team with 11 tackles and recording a sack.

Darian was an early 3rd-round pick in 2016 by the Giants so it shouldn't be surprising that he has talent. If the Cowboys think there's even more potential there to unlock, Thompson could be a sneaky-good signing this .

You might think that after four seasons there wouldn't much left to find out about a player. But Darian's early years in New York came with a 14-week as a rookie and instability, which can easily delay development.

At 6'2″ and around 210 pounds, Thompson has the size to play any safety role. That could be especially valuable to Dallas in 2020 with some of their other players who are about to hit free agency.

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Both Jeff Heath and 's contracts are expiring. Even if the Cowboys re-sign one of them, both players are better suited to be down closer to the line of scrimmage than out in coverage.

Even if Dallas re-signs Heath as a veteran backup and ace, Darian Thompson could be an equally valuable reserve asset.

It's expected that the Cowboys will pursue a new starting safety this offseason to pair with . But if that player needs any adjustment period, particularly a rookie, Thompson has 21 career starts and would make for a solid insurance policy.

What's more, if Heath's asking for too much money to come back, the option to re-sign Thompson gives Dallas some solid leverage.

Granted, Darian Thompson is way down the list of the Cowboys' priorities in 2020. But he's a player with experience, versatility, and perhaps even some upside we've yet to see. Re-signing Thompson could be a shrewd move as Dallas loads up the roster for next season.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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VAM

I think they should definitely retain him for at least good depth and maybe more. Good size, strength, and fills very well with run support. He made some really good run stops at our goal line last year.

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