The Cowboys Still Need an Edge Rusher and This Free Agent Would Be a Perfect Fit

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys need to sign this edge rusher.
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys need to sign this edge rusher. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys have put together a strong offseason so far, and that has them among the Super Bowl favorites for next season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

One situation that hasn't played out in their favor though, is the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes. Dallas was linked to Clowney early in free agency, but now with just $4.1 million in cap space (No. 27 in the NFL), he's not likely to be the answer.

The Cowboys still have a need at edge rusher after losing Robert Quinn to free agency, though, and that's a void they'll need to fill with a cheap contract. Enter: Cameron Wake.

At 38 years old, Wake is the perfect fit for a contender looking for a stopgap option on the edge. His age should keep his asking price fairly low, and he could very well be interested in playing for a contender after spending most of his career with the Miami Dolphins.

He only got in nine games in 2019 before landing on the injured reserve, but he still looked like he had something in the tank. He notched 2.5 sacks in the first game of the season, and over nine contests he racked up 11 quarterback hits. Pro Football Focus (PFF) gave him an overall grade of 83.5, which was actually a slight improvement from his 2018 grade (81.6).

His run defense grade did take a big hit, but the Cowboys wouldn't be bringing him in as an every-down player. As a situational edge rusher, he could give this defense a big boost.

Quinn had more than twice as many sacks (11.5) as any other Cowboys defender in 2019, and that's not going to be easy to replace. They need another strong edge rusher to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, and with limited cap space, a short-term deal for Wake would make a ton of sense.

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