So far in free agency, the biggest news surrounding the Dallas Cowboys has been the glaring absence of any news at all. Not only has owner Jerry Jones not made a splash by signing any free agents, but no players have even come to Valley Ranch yet to visit the team.
But it's possible that the team might be ready to make some free-agent noise — nothing deafening, but at least something.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have brought in a couple of free agent safeties for visits, and have been scouting several college safeties closely, leading to speculation that the rumors that Tampa Bay is ready to part ways with safety Sabby Piscitelli have some merit. One of the teams reportedly interested in acquiring Piscitelli is the Cowboys.
If Gerald Sensabaugh leaves via free agency, or if Dallas cuts Ken Hamlin, the Cowboys will need at least one more safety, and they could do a lot worse than Piscitelli.
The reported dissent in Tampa Bay centers around the fact that while Piscitelli has been productive during the first three seasons of his career — he has 131 career tackles, including a career-high 80 last season, and four career interceptions — those numbers don't quite reach the expectations many have for a player taken in the second round (of the 2007 NFL Draft).
One of the league's biggest safeties at 6-3 and 224 pounds, the 26-year-old Piscitelli would be a good financial fit, too; he's entering the final year of the four-year contract worth a total of just over $2.75 million. If he performs well, he and the team could negotiate an extension next year.
Whether the Bucs initiated talks with Dallas or the other way around is unclear (head coach Raheem Morris has said the team has no interest in moving Piscitelli, but most view that as nothing more than public posturing in case a deal can not be struck). But if there is fire behind the smoke, the Cowboys would be wise to at least consider a deal, depending on the compensation Tampa demands. Piscitelli is a physical defender who excels when he creeps forward toward the line of scrimmage, almost like an extra linebacker, and is a willing and capable contributor on special teams.
If the Buccaneers demand a second-round pick to recoup the choice they spent on Piscitelli in 2007, they likely will struggle to find a taker. But if that demand was lowered to a fourth- or fifth-round choice, the Cowboys should strongly consider the deal, in which they could add veteran depth — or even a potential starter — to their secondary.
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