Cornerback Nolan Carrol has signed with the Dallas Cowboys, but already, he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Dallas is confident that Carroll will bounce back after the incident, but we need to have in mind that the team will get a $14 million boost to their salary cap as a result of Romo retirement. Texas team can do various things with that extra money, and one of those is to look for a potential replacement for Nolan Carroll if his legal issues continue. Here are ten players that could be added to the roster.
10. Tracy Porter
Tracy Porter has been in NFL for 10 years, and he has won a championship with the New Orleans Saints. He would bring that veteran leadership and championship mindset to Dallas, and he would be a great addition to the young secondary. This guy needs to be healthy, and despite the poor season in Chicago last year, he can be a deadly weapon.
Leodis McKelvin played together with Nolan Carrol for the Philadelphia Eagles, and when they played against the Cowboys in Week Eight, McKelvin proved his worth with six combined tackles and three pass defends. Just like Porter, McKelvin has struggled with some injuries, but if he is healthy, he can be a great addition.
8. Leon Hall
Leon Hall talked with the Dallas Cowboys’ front office last year, but he went on to sign with the New York Giants. His interception was the reason why the Giants beat Cowboys 10-7 in Week 14, and he has a much-needed experience which can help the team from Texas. In addition, he can play at safety, and this flexibility is always good.
7. Perrish Cox
Cornerback Perrish Cox is a good player, but he had an inconsistent year with Tennessee. However, his three interceptions are just one short of what the Cowboys cornerback recorded combined, so if you put him in a new environment, he might manage to regain his confidence and have a remarkable season.
Dallas showed some interest in Brandon Boykin last June, but he signed with the Bears. Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t play because of a pectoral injury. Boykin could be a long-term solution considering that he is entering his fifth season in the NFL, but we need to note that this player is unpredictable and he could be both good and bad (injured).
Cornerback Brandon Flowers spent seven years with the Kansas City Chiefs when he went to San Diego where he struggled to stay healthy. This guy played only six games when he suffered a serious concussion, and he has a history of brain injuries. Once again, if he is healthy, he would be valuable to Dallas.
Alterraun Verner is a Pro Bowl cornerback who needs a fresh start. He had a good 4-year roll with the Titans after which he signed a four-year $25.5 million contract with the Buccaneers in 2014. However, he became a benchwarmer, but if Verner is given a chance, he can be an important piece.
Tramon Williams is the oldest and the most experienced player on the list – a Super Bowl winner with the GB Packers and a Pro Bowler in 2010. However, his fortune left him when he signed with the Cleveland Browns, and in two seasons he had 105 tackles, 15 pass defends, two interceptions while the Browns were disastrous winning only four games.3
2. Sam Shields
Sam Shields was supposed to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL, but he suffered numerous concussions which side-tracked him. This man wants to continue to play football, but he must be medically cleared. However, he is definitely a better player for Dallas than Nolan Carroll.
Darrelle Revis is a type of player you would love to see on your team, but you hate to see on the opponent’s squad. The Revis Island was an All-Pro player, and he was one of the greatest cornerbacks while he was in his prime. The question that arises is whether he could be a fraction of the player he once was. What do you think?