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Should Cowboys Prioritize Re-Signing Jayron Kearse?

Dallas Jayron Kearse was an integral part of a that led the NFL in interceptions. The question this is whether the former Clemson Tiger played so well in 2021 that he outpriced himself out of Dallas.

As it stands, the Cowboys will be facing financial constraints this offseason in their attempts to retain several key . It could be argued that is the top priority for , with second and Kearse priority number three.

While some believe Dalton Schultz should also be at the top of that list, the could provide a replacement that’ll cost significantly less. On the other hand, Kearse is invaluable as a hybrid safety in ’s defense. He accumulated a noteworthy nine tackles for a loss and two interceptions.

Did the Cowboys safety do enough to warrant a new contract?

Kearse was indispensable last season. gave him solid grades across the board for his solid play. Kearse’s was graded at 69.7, but his coverage skills earned him a 76.2 coverage grade.

Maintaining a 61.5 completion percentage against opposing quarterbacks also merits recognition. Kearse’s pass rushing abilities were on full display last season as well, being brought in on 24 blitzes, notching a sack in the process and a 79.1 PFF grade.

After being mostly a backup player for most of his career, Kearse was one of the Cowboys’ breakout stars. Yes, I use reference loosely. Nevertheless, he led all NFL safeties with 10 pass deflections, and while PFF grades aren’t the end all be all, it should be noted that he was the 12th highest-graded player for his position.

The fact is, the Cowboys have struggled for quite some time to put together a solid . It would behoove them to keep this unit together, at least its main components, Kearse among them. He can play close to the line of scrimmage and has proven his worth as a pass rusher. A player that can effectively play the /safety role is hard to come by.

What do you think?

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Written by Mario Tovar

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  1. In a word … YES! But that doesn’t mean he should be grossly overpaid either. Gregory is actually replaceable with other comparable FA’s on the market (Landry, Miller, Jones, etc), and Schultz is just a good, solid TE, but not irreplaceable. Kearse was more instrumental in changing the course of this defense than any other player, except Diggs. Matheiu is also a FA, so if not Kearse …

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