The Cowboys have the luxury of having Micah Parsons in their linebacker room. However, outside of the first-team All-Pro, the Cowboys don’t have any proven commodities besides Leighton Vander Esch, who hasn’t returned to his rookie form from 2018.

With that being said, Dallas needs another piece at linebacker. We mentioned last month that four-time Pro Bowler Anthony Barr would be a nice fit to fill this hole for the Cowboys. Pro Football Focus agrees, naming Barr as an acquisition the Cowboys should jump on.

“Cowboys fans have been pushing for their team to sign Barr. Dallas’ need at linebacker is dependent upon how Micah Parsons splits his time between linebacker and the edge.”

The Cowboys have ties to Barr. Back in 2014, Dallas considered drafting Barr instead of Zack Martin but he was taken ninth overall and the Cowboys picked 14th. George Edwards, the Cowboys’ senior defensive assistant, coached Barr for six seasons during his time as defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

Barr is entering his ninth season in the NFL and he’s had some injury issues over his last two. That means he wouldn’t cost much for the Cowboys to acquire. Currently, Dallas has the fourth most cap space in the league at $22.4 million so the funds are there. However, with the ever-so-frugal Stephen Jones controlling the finances with the Cowboys, bringing in outside talent is that easy.

It’s not like the Cowboys haven’t invested in the linebacker position lately. Jabril Cox was taken in the fourth round last year but he suffered a torn ACL in October. His LSU teammate, Damone Clark, was selected in the fifth round in April, but spinal fusion surgery will likely force him to miss his rookie campaign. Devin Harper out of Oklahoma State followed in the sixth round, but he’ll likely need to go the special team’s route to make the roster.

This makes Barr a prime candidate to join the Cowboys with his experience and inexpensive price tag. Barr’s 72 tackles last season were the third-most of his career and would have eclipsed his highest total easily had he not missed six games. Also, he set a career-high with three interceptions.

Barr isn’t the Pro Bowl talent he once was but he’s still productive. The Cowboys need depth at linebacker, and it would behoove them to get this done.

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