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Cowboys Should Kick The Tires on S Malik Hooker

Seems like it’s the same story just a different season when it comes to the position for the . showed last season that his momentum before an ankle interrupted his progress wasn’t a fluke as he tallied two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles, and had 3.5 to go along with 71 tackles in 2020.

He takes care of the spot but the still need a free safety. Four-year starter is set to be an unrestricted and will likely find a decent payday with another team. With that being said, veteran Malik Hooker is a free agent option the Cowboys should explore.

The first thing people mention when they hear Hooker’s name is his injury , and rightfully so. As a rookie in 2017, not only did he miss the NFL Combine as he recovered from hernia and labrum surgeries, but groin and shoulder limited him to just one game of action. He played in the first seven games (six starts) and recorded three interceptions but would miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL and MCL.

The next two seasons Hooker started all 27 games he played in and registered 95 tackles and four interceptions, showing the immense potential he had coming out of Ohio State. Unfortunately, though, his injury woes resurfaced in 2020 when he tore his Achilles after just two games and was placed on for the remainder of the season.

is Hooker’s injury history concerning? Sure it is and should be carefully taken into consideration before any decision is made. However, several reasons come to mind as to why he would be a welcomed addition in Dallas.

For starters, he’s a scheme fit for what new will try to implement. He will have the Cowboys back in a traditional four-man front in a heavy Cover 1-3 scheme in which your free safety will need to have the ability to play -field and have the range to make plays in the open field, which fits Hooker’s skill set to a tee.

Hooker would also be a cost-effective . With his injury history, he won’t command top dollar which goes right with the Cowboy’s conservative approach to . The former first-round pick could easily be brought in on a one-year prove-it deal.

Then there’s the low-risk high reward factor. If signing Hooker didn’t work the Cowboys wouldn’t lose much on the financial side as mentioned earlier. However, if he were to remain healthy, they would get a level player and it wouldn’t stop them from taking another safety early in the like TCU’s or UCF’s to groom for the future

Signing Hooker comes with some question marks, but the good outweighs the bad and the Cowboys should consider stealing him in free agency before he has a chance to test the market.

What do you think?

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  1. I get the injuries , it’s a very much valid concern , but put him with a 2nd round safety in draft which is our plan anyways , and I’m good with it , I’m not gonna get just Hooker , if that’s the case then yes i agree with you guys on not getting him , but if you go my way of getting Hooker and a rookie Safety , i think it’s actually the smartest way to go ,

    YOU CAN HAVE A GUY WHO GETS INJURED IF YOU GOT SOMEONE BEHIND HIM YOU CAN RELY ON

    Which we hope we can rely on a rookie Safety as that’s our plan , got any other plan at SS i haven’t heard ?

    you can make a bit of a competition between the 2 , and whoever turns out , we’ll go to them , if Hooker gets injured again , then we’ll go with our rookie which was our plan anyways , i feel there’s little risk by doing this and it could offer a big reward in the way of us finding our starting SS ,

    now i ain’t spending big money on Hooker , but if we can get him cheap , along with a rookie that i’m planning on getting anyways , than i’d go for it

  2. He fits nobody’s scheme sitting on IR. Wasn’t the car with all the broken parts last years storyline? Here’s an idea; how about grabbing at least 1 A lister at safety or DT for once during free agency. Just 1. You know; something other than what Jerry’s been doing for 25 years. Just a thought.

  3. My idea is to get Hooker and get a top Safety in draft , see which one sticks

    I don’t like the health concerns either , but maybe as a flier , with a rookie safety , I’d do it .

    I’m not putting all my eggs in his basket though

  4. They can kick the tires then move on to the next car. Sorry but no. Seen this movie way too often. Been burned too much by this type of risk. Jerry has a terrible track record doing this kinda move.

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