Dallas Cowboys continue to ‘monitor’ Eric Berry
The Dallas Cowboys aren’t showing their hand pertaining to the safety position. Arguably the team’s biggest weakness, Dallas is currently set to trot out both Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods as their strong and free safeties, respectively. Yet, with five-time Pro Bowler Eric Berry still on the market, their faithful have clamored for a new addition via free agency.
Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel Will McClay weighed in on the situation on 1310 The Ticket, according to The Athletic‘s Jeff Machota. Ultimately, he insisted the Cowboys are “monitoring” Berry but feel good about what they have.
“We really believe in Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath and the depth that we have.”
The Cowboys didn’t completely overlook the safety position in the 2019 offseason. They signed former Cincinnati Bengals standout starter George Illoka in free agency and added Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson in the sixth round of the draft. But, Berry still stands as an intriguing potential addition.
However, Berry’s lack of team shouldn’t be surprising. In 2017, he suffered a torn Achilles injury Week 1. Then in 2018, a heel bone spur caused a delay in return. SportsInjuryPredictor.com gives the 30-year-old a 41.8% chance of re-injury in 2019 and expects him to miss 1.9 games.
It’s unknown what Berry has left in the tank. Before 2017, he wasn’t just a great story (beating cancer), he also looked the part of a future Hall of Famer. The 2010 top-five selection has been to five Pro Bowls, earned three first-team All-Pro nods, and has finished as high as 13th on the NFL Top 100 list. But, two years is a long time in the NFL, and it can change a lot.