Cowboys Free Agent Safeties Church (Jags) + Wilcox (Bucs) Florida-Bound

Cowboys Free Agent Safeties Church (Jags) + Wilcox (Bucs) Florida-Bound

As expected, Barry Church is an ex-Cowboy as he joins the Jacksonville Jaguars with a deal that gives him $26 mil over four years.

Less expected is the Dallas Cowboys departure of another safety, JJ Wilcox, who Dallas hoped it could keep … though the writing was on the wall when Fish reported on Friday that Wilcox’ locker at The Star in Frisco was cleaned out.

Wilcox heads to Florida, too, though he’s joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Reports have it at two years and $8.5 million.

Both guys represent Dallas success stories.

While Byron Jones, now the anchor of the secondary, was a first-rounder, his rotational partners at safety did not come here as blue-chippers. Wilcox is a former third-round pick (2013) for the Cowboys but he struggled early in his career to make the transition from having played some running back in college. Always a hard hitter, he wasn’t always solid in coverage or in tackling angles. But Wilcox improved into being a core special-teams player and on defense was impactful … especially when Chuch missed a month with a broken forearm.

Church, a seven-year vet, became a stalwart in the secondary and in the community. Dallas isn’t just losing a player here; Church is a team captain and a leader.

The Cowboys will now rely heavily on Jones, and can expect help at safety from Jeff Heath. Rookie Kavon Frazier is in the mix, too (though the Cowboys scouting department has conservative hopes there). Former QB Jameill Showers is a safety now, too, and has promise on special teams.

Dallas signed cornerback Nolan Carroll from Philadelphia (maybe expecting Brandon Carr to leave). We're told there is a "soft market'' for cornerback Morris Claiborne at the moment. We will monitor ...


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