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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Offseason Preview: Safety

One of the hottest conversations for the 2019 involves the position. If the team is going to make a big move in this year, many expect it to be at safety. But what does that mean and ?

The idea of Dallas adding a marquee safety goes all the way back December 2017, when Seattle's chased down the tunnel following a Cowboys-Seahawks game and was recorded saying “come get me.”

The Cowboys didn't for Thomas last year despite much speculation. There was still talk that it could happen mid-season, but Earl's Week 4 ended his year and any chance of Dallas adding him.

Now Thomas is a . But so are , Adrian Amos, , and several other safeties who could all probably give Dallas an upgrade.

This loaded market is great for the frugal Cowboys. They may not be willing to pay top dollar for guys like Collins or Thomas but could probably land someone like Clinton-Dix, Lamarcus Joyner, or at a reasonable contract.

That's goods news for Dallas fans who want to see improved safety play, and bad news for whichever current Cowboy gets pushed out of the starting lineup.

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Dallas Cowboys S Jeff Heath (Mark J. Rebilas- Sports)

The odd man out would like be veteran Jeff Heath. With Xavier Woods still developing and yet already becoming an impact player, Heath's adequate but average play is where the team can get better in the .

The real question is if a new starter would just send Heath to the bench or get him released for cap savings?

Jeff is scheduled to count $2.95 million against Dallas' 2019 cap. They could save most of that, $2.5 million, by cutting him.

That's not a bad cap hit for a reliable backup and standout, which Heath would certainly be. However, Dallas also has with three years of . They might decide they can do better things with that cap space and go for younger, cheaper options on the .

Last week the Cowboys re-signed , a 2016 third-round pick of the Giants, to return in 2019. They also still have Marqueston Huff, a 2014 fourth-round pick, under contract along with a few other young prospects.

Whether or not Dallas goes big in free agency will likely have a major impact on their draft strategy at safety. No signings could push the position near the top of their need list, while adding a major name could remove it almost entirely.

The team clearly has options, and that leaves Jeff Heath with a fair bit of uncertainty about his future.

With free agency negotiations already underway, Dallas will likely have to strike fast if they want one of the top safeties available. Perhaps we, and Heath, will have a clearer picture of things within the next few days.

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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