The Jaguars waived safety Barry Church yesterday, and it sounds like his former team could have some interest. Veteran NFL reporter Ed Werder tweets that the Cowboys “will evaluate their interest” in Church if he ultimately clears waivers.
As our own Zach Links pointed out yesterday, a team could theoretically claim Church, pay him his $368K game checks for the rest of the year, and then release him from his deal in the offseason. However, the more likely scenario is that Church will end up going unclaimed, at which time any team could sign the 30-year-old.
Church joined the Jaguars during the 2017 offseason on a four-year, $21.6MM deal. In eleven games this season, Church has compiled 38 tackles, one sack, and one interception. However, he’s been generally poor in coverage, and ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 79 safety out of 83 qualified players.
The veteran was much sharper in 2017, and he had a standout 2016 campaign during his final season in Dallas. Church might not necessarily knock Xavier Woods or Jeff Heath out of the starting lineup, but he’d at least provide some veteran know-how as a backup. Throughout the early parts of the season, the Cowboys were connected to Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, so they’re definitely receptive to adding some reinforcement at the position.
Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.