Some rumors are just that, while others — when based on actual team needs, financial ramifications and the willingness by various teams to spend the needed cash — merit legitimate investigation.
Consider the suggestion that the Dallas Cowboys might have some interest in Tennessee Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Now stop considering it.
At first glance, the idea is interesting. Dallas could lose as many as three defensive ends — Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen — to free agency. Spears has started since he was drafted in 2005, and even if the other two stay, his departure undoubtedly would prompt the team to find another potential starter at defensive end.
Vanden Bosch, however, isn't it. At 6-4, 278 pounds, he is smaller than the other three, each of whom is on the north side of 300 pounds. He also is better-suited to play in a 4-3 defensive alignment, the system he played in at Tennessee, with the Arizona Cardinals when he first entered the NFL, and even at the University of Nebraska.
Even if he were a traditional 3-4 end, he doesn't make financial sense for the Cowboys. Spears has said many times how much he likes Dallas, and likes the team, and that all things being equal, he'd like to stay. But if another team offers him a huge sum to leave, why would the Cowboys then offer a similarly large contract to a replacement who doesn't know the system and isn't as good a fit? Quick answer: they wouldn't.
It's very possible that the discord between Vanden Bosch and the Titans is nothing more than financial posturing before negotiations get underway on another contract that would keep him where he is. He has said the team has given "no indication" it is interested in having him return, while head coach Jeff Fisher has said the team is interested in having Vanden Bosch return. He knows the Titans' system, likes Fisher and has earned multiple Pro Bowl berths as a member of the Tennessee team.
Leaving Tennessee for Dallas would make as little sense for Vanden Bosch as it would for the Cowboys. He probably will end up returning to the Titans, but even if he doesn't, that he won't end up with a blue star on the side of his helmet is one of the safest bets of the offseason.
Does Vanden Bosch make sense?
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