Dallas Cowboys Possibly Replacing Greg Hardy With Von Miller
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones could be looking to score big in free agency by signing Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller to be the pass rushing superstar that defensive end Greg Hardy failed to be last season, according to an NBC affiliate that covers Dallas and Fort Worth.
Free agency in the NFL doesn’t start until the middle of March, but Von Miller isn’t worried so much right now about what uniform he is going to be wearing next season because he currently is trying to win his first championship, as the Denver Broncos are set to face the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl in February.
With Peyton Manning getting up there in age, there is a very good chance that Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway might be inclined to go in a different direction if they win the Super Bowl, which means that Von Miller could be allowed to test free agency.
If that’s the case, then you can definitely expect that Jerry Jones would quickly make the phone call to Von Miller and his agent, even though the Dallas Cowboys have wisely been behaving themselves in free agency over the past couple of years to get their salary cap situation back in order.Had Greg Hardy been as dominant as he was when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers, then the Dallas Cowboys would have had a much easier time tolerating all of the off-field headlines that he generated, but his average numbers make it easier for Jerry Jones to cut ties with a player that he took a chance on.
The Dallas Cowboys saw major signs of improvement from defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, but they were a little disappointed with rookie Randy Gregory, so the team could still look to generate a pass rush by signing one of the more established pass rushers in the NFL in Von Miller.
Considering the Tampa 2 defensive scheme that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli prefers to run, it is imperative for the Dallas Cowboys to be able to generate a pass rush from their front four linemen, which means that they value Von Miller than much more than they would with other players.
Jerry Jones could potentially lure Von Miller to the Dallas Cowboys by convincing the former Texas A&M Aggies star that the right career move would be to return to the city that he was born and raised in.Jerry Jones could also convince John Elway to let Von Miller walk away from the Denver Broncos in free agency by throwing out a bigger bid and reminding the former NFL quarterback that he still has DeMarcus Ware, who was a dominant pass rusher for the Dallas Cowboys at one point in time, on the roster.
If Von Miller were to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, then there is a very good chance that he would need to make the switch from outside linebacker to defensive end, especially if Jerry Jones decides to draft a versatile linebacker like former UCLA Burins star Myles Jack to help out a rejuvenated Sean Lee.
With Demarcus Lawrence, Von Miller, Myles Jack, and Sean Lee manning the front seven, then the need to find a starting corner back opposite the injured Orlando Scandrick becomes less of a priority for Jerry Jones and the front office, which would mean that the Dallas Cowboys can put their focus on finding a backup quarterback for Tony Romo.
Von Miller replacing Greg Hardy seems like a great upgrade for the Dallas Cowboys.
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