Throughout the 2018 offseason, the Cowboys were connected to Earl Thomas. They eventually offered a second-round pick for him. But Dallas used Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods as its starting safeties last season. Although the Cowboys signed George Iloka and drafted Donovan Wilson in the sixth round, the Heath-Woods duo remains atop the depth chart.
The team, however, continues to examine other options. Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay said during an appearance on 1310 The Ticket (Twitter link via The Athletic’s Jon Machota) the Cowboys continue to monitor the status of Eric Berry but reiterated the team believes in its starters and the depth it has assembled.
Berry visited the Cowboys and received some interest from the Browns. Other than that, it has been a quiet offseason for the three-time first-team All-Pro. (Berry and Thomas are the only active safeties to appear on the top All-Pro team three times.) Two years after signing Berry to the then-richest safety contract, the Chiefs cut their longest-tenured defender amid a defensive overhaul. The 30-year-old defender has played in just two of the past 31 regular-season games, having seen Achilles and heel problems sidetrack his career.
Woods and Heath were first-stringers throughout last season, with only two Woods injury absences breaking up the tandem. Pro Football Focus graded Woods as a middle-of-the-pack safety while slotting Heath toward the bottom of that list. The Cowboys rated as Football Outsiders’ No. 16 pass defense DVOA outfit.
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