Last week, the Tennessee Titans released veteran cornerback Jason McCourty, setting in motion yet another chapter of work from fan-run Cowboys sites (not that there is anything wrong with them!) and “Twitter GM’’ (not that there’s anything wrong with them, either!) connecting McCourty to the Dallas Cowboys.
The reasoning? Some of it is actually sound:
*Dallas is still in need of help at corner after losing Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne via free agency.
*McCourty, 29, is an ironman (outside of a 2015 groin problem he’s missed just three game in six seasons while serving as a full-time starter for the Titans since 2011) and a playmaker (13 pick in his five full seasons).
*He is 100 percent an “RKG.’’
*People have heard of him, in part because his brother Devin plays in the NFL, too, with the Patriots.
Additionally, McCourty happens to have grown up a Cowboys fan! (Of course, who didn’t?)
On the other hand …
*McCourty, a sixth-round pick in 2009, has been with the Titans his entire career. Why have they decided that his $7 mil salary is excessive?
*The Cowboys did indeed lose Carr and Claiborne. But they acquired Nolan Carroll to replace one of them and they still employee Anthony “Potato Chip’’ Brown and Orlando Scandrick, both of whom are capable of playing at a high level. So really, Dallas needs to add maybe one cornerback, not two.
*And the biggest reasons of all that when I asked a Cowboys source about the McCourty rumor he termed it “a bad rumor’’?
The Cowboys’ confidence in what this week’s NFL Draft can net them has them has them confident that they can find another Mo or Carr, another JJ Wilcox and maybe another Barry Church (two safeties lost to free agency.)
And we can even name names here.
Washington’s 6-3, 200-pound cornerback Kevin King and USC's track-star cornerback Adoree Jackson potentially a better players than anybody Dallas lost in the secondary. They are both first-round Dallas candidates.
Ah, but the Cowboys should take an edge-rusher first? Fine.
Let's go to the second. UCLA corner Fabian Moreau, Iowa corner Desmond King, Clemson corner Cordrea Tankersley, Utah safety Marcus Williams and Florida corner Teez Tabor can be among the candidates.
What about the third round?
If Xavier Woods is still around, and Dallas has already gotten help on the edge and at corner, they take the Louisiana Tech safety.
The Cowboys can help their secondary with two of the above names from the three groupings … and pay most of those players about one-tenth the annual salary McCourty is due.
Listen to owner Jerry Jones from the Monday presser:
“The numbers, if you add both those positions up, look good," said Jerry when asked about this draft and how Dallas' needs match up in terms of pass-rushers and cornerbacks. "There are a lot of players at those positions that give us options.
"Oh," Jerry added helpfully, "you can throw safety in there, too.”
Look at my man Jeff Cavanaugh's 50-Player Big Board; from spots 25 to 50 he lists 10 DBs ...
And if you click on the story, you see Jeff feels obliged to list nine more DBs in a sort of honorable-mention way.
Dallas, and smart Dallas-watchers, aren’t trying to badmouth The Public Guinea Pig here by believing there are more “household names’’ to be had in the secondary … once the NFL Draft comes and goes and the Cowboys get one or two of them in the household here in Frisco.