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The Dallas Cowboys would do well to continue to strengthen coordinator Dan Quinn’s defense, and there is one player still available that they should target.
This offseason, Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the most popular head coach candidate on the cycle. Although he interviewed for almost all vacancies, Quinn chose to return to the Cowboys. That, of course, is good news for Dallas, as he played a significant role in drastically improving defense.
The defense remains relatively intact, but they could still stand to make an addition before the start of the season. One area to address is linebacker, and luckily for the Cowboys, there’s one player available in free agency, and that’s Anthony Barr.
The Cowboys should sign Anthony Barr to add Dan Quinn’s defense
Having a quadruple Pro Bowler available so far into the offseason is a bit amazing and it would definitely catch the attention of teams looking to improve the outside linebacker position.
Barr spent his entire eight-year career with the Minnesota Vikings, the very team that met him with the ninth overall pick in 2014. While reaching the Pro Bowl for four consecutive seasons from 2015-18, he has dealt with the injury problem in recent two years.
He played in two games in 2020 after suffering a pectoral injury and participated in 11 games last year after being limited by a knee injury.
Throughout his career, Barr recorded 495 combined tackles, 44 quarterback hits, 31 defensive passes, 17.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and five interceptions through 98 games.
Even with the injury history, Barr is a big name that teams should take a chance on at the end of the season. For the Cowboys, they are in the NFC, which will not be as big a battle to get to the Super Bowl as the AFC. Still, the Philadelphia Eagles are on the rise after making a host of moves to improve their team this offseason, and they could potentially fight for first in the NFC East.
Dallas should pick Barr, because that will make Quinn’s defense even better.