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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Boulware a gamble Cowboys should have taken?

Maybe Jerry Jones is five times bitten, six times shy. Maybe they've been burned too many times before trying to re-catch lightning in a bottle.

Dallas signed Marcellus Wiley last year to rush the passer and he was an epic bust.

They've drafted pass rushers early, like Kavika Pittman and Shante Carver, and the only people who've ever even heard of those two are Cowboys fans. They tried Broderick Thomas, and he wasn't a horrible player, but had little impact on the pass rush.

They hoped Kevin Hardy had something left in the tank after major knee surgery, but he didn't.

So after missing all of 2004 with knee and toe injuries, and being 30 years old, Dallas (and every other team) passed on LB Peter Boulware. Boulware just re-signed with the Ravens who cut him last spring for salary cap reasons.

According to si.com, "The contract was expected to be a one-year deal worth $1 million with an additional $1 million in incentives."

That, and more, is well within the Cowboys' budget, and may have been a good gamble. Boulware was a good player. He was surrounded by other good players but was capable of making big plays on his own. He had 10 or more sacks three times in seven years, something Dallas hasn't had in nearly a decade. He's forced 13 fumbles in his career. The turnover starved Cowboys could use such impact.

With the switch to the 3-4, he could have been a nice fit as a backup and mentor to DeMarcus Ware, and a good insurance policy if Ware were injured.

It's hindsight, and I'm not beating up the org for not signing him, but at the price he got from Baltimore, I would have been pleased to have him be a Cowboy.

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