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Why FS Marcus Williams Should be Dallas’ No. 1 Free Agent Target

The need a true centerfield free for 's . Marcus Williams is a young, proven veteran looking for a job. Could this be a match made in heaven?

The Dallas Cowboys top priority this is to upgrade their . You'll hear all of the rhetoric about how cash-strapped they are and they can't afford to dabble too much in , but don't believe it for a second. They can create more salary-cap space to sign just about anybody they want to do so.

With that in mind, I believe former FS Marcus Williams should be one of their top targets in free agency. He fits the criteria Dan Quinn wants in a single-high safety for his heavy Cover 1-3 scheme and he's just 24 years old with proven production (13 career interceptions).

The only problem with this line of thinking is the fact the Cowboys haven't valued the safety position in nearly two decades. That way of thinking though needs to change because it is without a doubt a valued position regardless of what Jerry or believes.

In order to upgrade the defense, the Jones' need to listen to Dan Quinn and heed his advice. I could be completely wrong, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if finding a free safety for his scheme is at the top of his to do list and more likely than not adding a young, proven veteran is probably preferable over a rookie.

The Dallas Cowboys are already going to have quite a bit of youth starting in their in 2021. and just have one year of starting and both are still getting up to speed of the NFL game. Adding another rookie to either position would create even more inexperience.

Enter Marcus Williams.

Marcus Williams has four years of experience and the production to prove it. Not only would he stabilize the backend of the Cowboys defense, but he would also help these young players understand what's going on and get them lined up accordingly. That alone could prove invaluable.

Young, proven safeties don't come cheaply though. According to, Marcus Williams' market value is around $13.5 million per season on a 5-year, $67 million contract. That's definitely a lot of money for a position the Cowboys have devalued, but justifiable considering the youth they are likely to deploy and the need to upgrade the defense this season.

are this is nothing but a pipe dream. The Dallas Cowboys have proven time and time again they simply don't value the safety position. But, if their way of thinking where to change this is arguably the best time to do so with the amount of youth they will likely have in their secondary this year.

I don't know where you stand, but I'd much rather pair Donovan Wilson with Marcus Williams than any other safety in the class. At least with him you know what you're getting and that's why I believe he should be Dallas' No. 1 target in free agency.

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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