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The Dallas Cowboys defense was downright awful in 2020, a big part of the reason the team was not able to win the NFC East despite watching rival Washington take home the division title with an under .500 mark.
While Dak Prescott and the future of the quarterback position remains up in the air for “America’s Team,” there’s no question that upgrading the defense is another huge priority for Jerry Jones and company.
One player on defense that reportedly the team has been eyeing is former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman.
CBS Sports’ Patrik Walker reports that Dallas wants to upgrade their defensive backfield, and adding Sherman, who despite being 32 years old has plenty of gas in the tank, would be a major boost.
Sherman was only able to take the field for five games in 2020 after suffering an early-season injury that forced him on the sidelines watching.
Injuries have been an issue for Sherman, as the five-time Pro Bowler has missed 21 games in the last four seasons after he didn’t miss a single contest in his first six years playing in the great Northwest in Seattle.
Any help from Sherman for the Cowboys would be an asset, as Dallas allowed the most points in franchise history and finished 31st in the league in run defense.
They were 23rd in yards per game (31st vs. the run, 11th vs. the pass) and 28th in points. It’s likely you will hear Dallas’ name mentioned a lot when it comes to signing defensive players in free agency and even using high picks on defense in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Dallas recently brought in Dan Quinn as their new defensive coordinator, someone who is quite familiar with Sherman from their time together when Quinn was the DC in Seattle as part of the famed “Legion of Boom” defense.
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If Quinn is able to get Sherman, Earl Thomas may soon follow. It wouldn’t quite be the Legion of Boom, but their leadership and mentoring of the younger players could help.
Earl Thomas is a locker room cancer