With over 20 different Defensive lineman coming and going, no position was hit harder by the injury bug. And even though there will be a couple of guys coming back from injury, this is still one of the biggest needs going into Free Agency.
In order for this Tampa 2 defense to work this team has to get players that can pressure the QB. And we saw what happens when you don't get pressure – you end up with a historically bad defense.
In my opinion, this defense works best when pressure is coming right up the middle. So quality Defensive tackles are a major need.
With the uncertainty of Jason Hatcher resigning with the team, and Tyrone Crawford and Ben Bass being unproven, the Cowboys could have two starting defensive tackles that aren't on the team right now. One name that keeps coming up is Henry Melton, so don't be surprised if that happens.
Defensive End isn't as unstable but not by much. I think the team keeps DeMarcus Ware but his health will be one of the biggest questions heading into training camp.
Anthony Spencer will not be resigned in my opinion, and that's due to a couple of reasons.
- First reason is Spencer had Micro-fracture surgery, and
- the other reason is that George Selvie overachieved
I loved what Selvie did last season, but I think he would benefit coming off the bench instead of being an every down player. We could see as many as two Defensive Ends signed once free agency begins.