The Cowboys are still looking for some depth on their defensive line. Whether that comes in free agency or the draft, we will just have to see. Regardless, the Las Vegas Raiders and Cleveland Browns sweetened the pot in terms of defensive tackle free agents over the last couple of days.

The Browns released veteran DT Sheldon Richardson while the Raiders cut 25-year-old DT Maurice Hurst. The Richardson move wasn’t a complete shocker because it saves Cleveland $11M in cap space.

Meanwhile, the Raiders one has some people scratching their heads. Hurst has been a solid contributor to their line over the last few seasons and is still on his rookie deal. He was one of the draftees in Jon Gruden’s first draft in his return to the team.

Why should the Cowboys care about either one of these transactions? Signing one of these players would provide key depth that the team does not have on the interior of its defensive line right now. Richardson would give the team a veteran leader on the inside for younger guys like Neville Gallimore and Trysten Hill to learn from. Not to mention, he is still a productive player. He posted 7.5 sacks, 9 TFLs, and 126 total tackles in his two seasons with Cleveland. He’s got more in the tank – it seems. Plus, the price tag won’t be anything outrageous as he is 30 years old.

With Hurst, Dallas would add another younger player to its interior at an affordable price. He saw a lot of rotational use in Las Vegas, whereas Dallas could probably use him at a more consistent rate. Hurst slipped to the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft due to a heart condition. He was considered a prospect that would go in the first two rounds, if not for the health concerns. There hasn’t been an update on his health – if that had any effect on the Raiders’ decision to release him. Hurst and Gallimore would be a fun interior combo for Dan Quinn’s new defense. That is, if the Cowboys don’t invest an early selection in another defensive tackle.

The biggest impact that signing one of these guys would be on Dallas’ draft outlook. It would allow the team to most likely address other big needs early in the draft. Those options could be TE, CB, EDGE, or OT. In other words, they would not be pigeon-holed into taking a defensive tackle before day 3 of the draft. That is important because the top end of this interior defensive lineman isn’t elite, according to most scouts.

The Cowboys should absolutely check in on these players as they would be some valuable additions to a defense in the middle of a bit of a rebuild.

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