Cowboys taking risk at safety spot

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ decision to cut safety Gerald Sensabaugh on Monday pushes safety to the top of the team’s offseason needs. (Click here for the story.)

Without Sensabaugh, the Cowboys are banking on the return of health Barry Church, who tore his Achilles in the third game of the season and ...

As the Cowboys move to the 4-3 under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, they don’t have a John Lynch-type that worked so well in Tampa for years. They don’t have much of anything at the spot really.

“We upgraded safety when we brought in Kiffin relative to what we’re going to need the safety to do,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said at the NFL scouting combine.

Danny McCray is a restricted free agent and showed last year he is a backup as the more he played the more he got exposed. The Cowboys like Eric Frampton, who started the final two games, is an unrestricted free agent. As is Charlie Peprah, who started one game.

Matt Johnson did not play a game as a rookie because of hamstring injuries.

As the names of free agents like Charles Woodson, Ed Reed and other veterans pop into your minds as possible signings, one of the strengths of the draft is the safety position. At the NFL scouting, Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro said he will visit with the Cowboys before the draft. Chicago general manager Phil Emery said there could be five or six starting safeties in the draft.

It’s a risky move for the Cowboys, especially with so little in reserve.