Jason Garrett said in a recent interview that the Cowboys’ goal is to shore up roster needs prior to the NFL Draft, allowing them to focus on acquiring the best available talents. To that end, Dallas has scheduled visits with veteran free agents Jason Jones and Joe Looney.
Jones, turning 30 in May, is a former 2nd-round pick of the Titans who just finished out a contract with the Lions. He started every game for Detroit during his three years there and had 9.5 sacks over the last two seasons.
Listed at 6’5″ and 275 pounds, Jones has the size to move inside and play tackle if needed. If signed by Dallas he would replace Jeremy Mincey as a versatile veteran with plenty of starting experience.
Still very thin at defensive end, this signing would go a long way to helping Dallas feel less restricted in the coming draft. Rumors are circulating that they’re not high on top prospect Joey Bosa.
A lesser need is for a backup offensive lineman who can play some center, which is what Joe Looney offers. The former 4th-round pick of the 49ers has started 10 games over the last two seasons, most recently with Tennessee.
Dallas tried out Ronald Leary in the past as a center and but it wasn’t a good fit. They’ve enjoyed several years of security with Mackenzy Bernadeau as a versatile guard/center option but he recently signed with Jacksonville. Looney would help to fill the void.