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Jooser
03-24-2013, 04:09 PM
Will Allen, Justin Durant to visit Cowboys Posted by Josh Alper on March 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT
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We’re through a couple of weeks of free agency and that means that the market of available players has thinned to the point where cost-conscious teams can start shopping for veteran help at low prices.


The Cowboys are going to be doing just that this week. Bryan Broaddus of the team’s website reports that safety Will Allen and linebacker Justin Durant (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4207/justin-durant) will be visiting (https://twitter.com/BryanBroaddus/status/315865930355847168) the team on Monday.


Allen has spent the last three years with the Steelers and started seven times last season as Troy Polamalu (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/681/troy-polamalu) battled injuries. The Cowboys hope to have Barry Church (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6363/barry-church) healthy, but there’s not much else on hand after releasing Gerald Sensabaugh (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/3338/gerald-sensabaugh) earlier this offseason. Safety’s a spot where the Cowboys need to improve this offseason, something signing Allen would not accomplish on its own.


Durant has started 26 games over the last two years for the Lions and recorded 103 tackles for the team last season. The Cowboys need someone to go with Sean Lee (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5876/sean-lee) and Bruce Carter (http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6590/bruce-carter) in their new 4-3 look, something Durant could provide if the price is right.

Jooser
03-24-2013, 04:11 PM
So we're so thin in the secondary now, we'll have to draft a couple of D-backs. On top of that we need to find a RB, WR, and some LB depth.

BradshawsHairdresser
03-24-2013, 06:31 PM
Surprised the Steelers haven't re-signed Allen yet. He was more than solid last season, and we definitely need depth at S. Don't think he'd be looking for a ton of $$$, either.

supersteeler
03-24-2013, 06:45 PM
Surprised the Steelers haven't re-signed Allen yet. He was more than solid last season, and we definitely need depth at S. Don't think he'd be looking for a ton of $$$, either.

Agreed, he played well when Troy was out and is good insurance in case Troy gets injured again.

DukieBoy
03-24-2013, 07:16 PM
So we're so thin in the secondary now, we'll have to draft a couple of D-backs. On top of that we need to find a RB, WR, and some LB depth.


Wondering if they'll try to bring James back. Now that the Ugly Birds signed Dumervil, James seems to be running out of possibilities. Might get us through one more year at LB while we draft for other needs. Still thinking a TE would be a good option too.

Chadman
03-24-2013, 07:22 PM
Steelers probably have their sights on drafting a SS/FS or 2 this year, and might feel that Golden & Rogers-Cromartie might offer enough 'veteran' experience to compete with the rookies for a roster spot.

Chadman
03-24-2013, 07:23 PM
Wondering if they'll try to bring James back. Now that the Ugly Birds signed Dumervil, James seems to be running out of possibilities. Might get us through one more year at LB while we draft for other needs. Still thinking a TE would be a good option too.

While Chadman isn't against the idea- does it retard Worilds growth by bringing Harrison back?

DukieBoy
03-24-2013, 07:31 PM
While Chadman isn't against the idea- does it retard Worilds growth by bringing Harrison back?

Probably so, at least until Woodley pulls his groin or hamstring and Worlids steps in there. If Woodley has a big year, Worilds might split some time with James, keep James fresh. James showed he still has it, late in last season. Just a couple of pennies from this POV.

SteelBucks
03-24-2013, 07:59 PM
It shouldn't take much to get Allen back but who knows what the Steelers have planned. I agree that he played very well when Troy was out.

Chadman
03-24-2013, 10:39 PM
Probably so, at least until Woodley pulls his groin or hamstring and Worlids steps in there. If Woodley has a big year, Worilds might split some time with James, keep James fresh. James showed he still has it, late in last season. Just a couple of pennies from this POV.


Not disagreeing with you, necessarily.

That said, not sure if we saw any reason beyond injury to not let Harrison start fulltime. If he's re-signed, he's not coming back as a back-up. Not even a rotational player. The only reason he's gone is cost, not his level of play.

If Harrison comes back, Chadman expects the Steelers would look at drafting an OLB because that shows little faith in Worilds.

BradshawsHairdresser
03-25-2013, 11:55 AM
Not disagreeing with you, necessarily.

That said, not sure if we saw any reason beyond injury to not let Harrison start fulltime. If he's re-signed, he's not coming back as a back-up. Not even a rotational player. The only reason he's gone is cost, not his level of play.

If Harrison comes back, Chadman expects the Steelers would look at drafting an OLB because that shows little faith in Worilds.
The Steelers ought to draft an OLB regardless of whether Harrison comes back or not...and not just because of Worilds, but because of Woodley.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-25-2013, 12:24 PM
Sign him cowboys. Needs a wash on BG signing for comps.

phillyesq
03-25-2013, 12:48 PM
Sign him cowboys. Needs a wash on BG signing for comps.

Good call on needing a wash for Gradkowski. I thought Mundy would do it, but he apparently only signed a vet minimum deal.

Allen and Starks are probabaly the best bets to wash the Gradkowski signing. Hampton or Legursky, if signed elsewhere, might also do a bit better than the vet minimum.