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Keeping the defensive backs healthy is key for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023

The Cowboys' defensive backfield was a M.A.S.H. unit near the end of the . Five players in the backfield ended the season injured. Keeping this unit healthy may be the biggest challenge for .

Because, when healthy, the were a big reason why the team finished third in the NFL with 54 . Add in 16 interceptions and a league-leading 17 fumbles recovered and Dallas' was solid.

But the began taking their toll and the defense slipped down the stretch. The collapse at Jacksonville and letting carve them up the following week being prime examples.

Assuming everyone comes back healthy, the Cowboys are setting very nicely for 2023.

Could they add another veteran to the mix, especially if they lose to ?

I hear you , asking for or Brandon Jones. But those players will come at a high price and Dallas really doesn't have to spend the money on this room.

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THE CORNERBACKS

I don't see Ramsey or Jones coming to Dallas. Even if they wanted to, I don't see how Dallas can afford either of them in terms of picks and salary.

But I also don't see returning either.

Brown's season ended with a torn Achilles in December against the Colts. He's a this year and likely played his last game for Dallas.

So, assuming they don't draft a cornerback in the — yes, I'm still lobbying for Bijan Robinson if he's there at 26 — who do they go get?

New England's Jonathan Jones and Arizona's Patrick Peterson are and could come in at an acceptable price. Pair either with and NFL quarterbacks are going to have migraines.

looks to be a solid backup at the position and there's always the chance that will become a little more reliable. Joseph does have potential, but the task for Quinn will be unlocking it.

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THE SAFETIES

Wilson may be a victim of the Cowboys' cap woes.

He has been a terror on the blitz and is probably looking at picking up between $5-7 million a year as he enters free agency. Dallas might not have that kind of money for him.

Wilson's only downside is his tackling and the Cowboys may figure they can find another young in the draft to replace him.

The good news is that they have some good talent already at the position.

, , and are signed for 2023. If Dallas does elect to let Wilson go, they wouldn't be relying on a raw rookie to roam their defensive backfield alone.

THE SOLUTION

Again, what Dallas can do here will depend on how much money they can recover in restructured contracts and cap-saving cuts. Personally, I'd hate to see Wilson go.

But Wilson may have to depart and if it were my call to make, I'd set an acceptable maximum amount to offer him. If he takes it, great. If not…

Go get a safety in the draft, try to sign an affordable veteran cornerback in free agency, and hope everyone comes back healthy.

All the defensive backs have to do in 2023 is play solid coverage and allow the Cowboys' to do its thing.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinellihttps://richardpaolinelli.substack.com/
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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