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Dallas Cowboys 2020 Offseason Preview: Safety

was one of the most-discussed positions of last year for the and that will likely continue in this . With one starter likely heading out the door, how far will Dallas go to reload and perhaps even upgrade at safety?

's contract has expired and most are ready for a fresh face in the starting lineup. Heath has been an adequate starter for the last three seasons but nobody would suggest he's anything more than average.

2020 Safety Contract Statuses

UFA = Unrestricted

While I could see Heath coming back as a versatile depth option and core player, I don't expect Dallas to offer him anything beyond a minimal backup deal. Jeff will likely test the open market and we'll see how that goes for him.

Meanwhile, Xavier Woods didn't have quite the breakout season in 2019 that we hoped for but he remains a player with perceived upside. Heath's actually helps Woods; Dallas will be even more ready to lean on Xavier in 2020 and focus on the other starting position.

While Donovan Wilson is a young prospect that we're excited about, trusting him to start next season would be a incredible leap of faith. Wilson flashed plenty during the last but has yet to get any real-game opportunities.

Free agents Kavon Frazier and Darian Thompson are both solid depth players but neither has ever shown much beyond that. Most would rather roll the dice on Wilson than turn the job over to them.

That leaves safety as a position where the Cowboys could really do anything, much like we anticipated in 2019. But Dallas punted last year by sticking with Heath and Woods and perhaps that's a warning sign for what could or couldn't happen now.

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A major factor in 2020 is the arrival of Mike Nolan as the new defensive coordinator. With and out, we could see a different perspective and priority around the safety position going forward.

Dallas has been content using the undrafted Heath and late-round picks like Woods and Frazier to man the position recently. They decided not to spend big money on last year or a high draft pick.

However, the position is just as needy as safety. Just keeping may be the big-money move for the entire , forcing Dallas to look to the bargain bin if they want an experienced option to replace Jeff Heath.

However, a combination of re-signing Jones and drafting a safety high could also be on the table. Again, it goes back to what level of priority Nolan and put on the position.

It was a lot easier to predict strategy when we had the trends and understanding of what 's staff liked to do. But this is a great example of how all of us, even lowly bloggers, are now in a learning process with the new coaches.

Will the Cowboys finally make a major investment at safety in 2020? Or will we see more of the same; looking for value and hoping it's not too much of a liability?

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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