More on the Bryant Westbrook Deal

With the signing of DB Bryant Westbrook Friday afternoon a whole new range of questions have surfaced around Valley Ranch. How will this deal effect the Cowboys' decision making in the draft and what will the secondary look like this upcoming season?

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys signed free agent cornerback Bryant Westbrook (6'0, 198) to a one-year deal Friday afternoon, reportedly for a base salary of $875,000 and a $125K signing bonus. With this move, the Cowboys have essentially strengthened an already tough defense in two key areas that needed addressing this offseason.

Dallas also picked up DT La'Roi Glover two weeks ago from the New Orleans Saints, bolserting a defensive line that despertately needed a player that could simply dominate the line of scrimmage.

By signing Westbrook, the Cowboys gained experience and some much leadership at the cornerback position. He's a guy that was a pro-bowl performer two years ago, and he has consistently played at a high level during his 5 years in the league. He is also your typical lockdown cornerback- meaning you put him one-on-one on just about anybody and feel comfortable in doing so.

Bryant Westbrook gives a stiff-arm to Jeff Thomason #83 of the Green Bay Packers after an interception.
Comfortable only if he can recover completely from a torn achillies tendon that limited him to only 3 starts last season. "I think every time you get hurt, you have to prove yourself again. I know I can play this game, I'm not worried about that. I'd like to start learning the system and working on my conditioning right away," said Westbrook.

Assuming that Westbrook is ready to go before next season, he'll likely lock up one of the 1st team cornerback positions and his presence on the field means that the Cowboys can play more man-to-man.

Mario Edwards and Duane Hawthorne were stable performers last season as first year starters at the cornerback position, but the Cowboys' organization wasn't satisfied enough to remain quiet in the free agent market. Edwards unquestionably has the talent level to be an everyday starter in the NFL, but Dallas needs someone that come in and create turnovers with big hits and crucial interceptions.

Consequently, it's safe to say that Dallas isn't done in the secondary just yet.

Unfortunately, now that the Lions have lost one of their coveted corners, its likely they will go after Quentin Jammer with the third pick in the draft. Should that be the case, a whole range of interesting scenarios will present themselves to Jerry Jones. Its been mentioned that the Cowboys could possibly trade up with the Lions to acquire the services of Jammer, or trade down for two latter first round picks and take a tight end and one of the lesser known defensive backs with their new selections.

And while there hasn't been a cornerback that has caught the eye of the Cowboys organization quite like Jammer, the signing of Westbrook could make it more justifiable to go after one of the second tier cornerbacks come April 20.

Westbrook has 12 interceptions through more than 50 starts in his NFL career. He is a player that is big enough to get physical with some of the taller wide receivers in the NFC East, yet fast enough to stay with the little speedsters that can take it the distance if you give them a step.

"I'm excited to go out there and prove that I can play the game the way I know how, especially because of this injury," said Westbrook.

Make no mistake Bryant, Cowboy fans will be excited to see you out there as well.

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