The Dallas Cowboys have 16 players set to become unrestricted free agents in March. In this series, we determine why a player should or should not return in 2016 and beyond.
NFL experience: Four years
2015 salary: $660,000
2015 statistics: The coaches credited Wilber with 27 tackles, one tackle for loss and four quarterback pressures in 16 games (six starts). He tied for the team lead in special teams’ tackles with nine.
Why he should be back: Jason Garrett speaks a lot about position flexibility and Wilber offers a lot of flexibility. He is mostly a strong-side linebacker but he can also put his hand on the ground and rush the passer if necessary. Last summer he also spent some time as a nickel linebacker, working in pass coverage. He is also a core special teamer, serving on the kickoff return, kickoff coverage, punt return and punt coverage teams.
Why he should not be back: Wilber was drafted in the fourth round in 2013 to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme and the Cowboys changed to the 4-3 scheme in 2014. They initially moved him to defensive end but found him to be better as a strong-side linebacker. Wilber could look to get back to his roots as a pass-rusher. He could also look to find a bigger defensive role. If he stays, he will remain a spot starter at best.
Chance to return: Moderate. The best part of position flexibility is cost effectiveness. Wilber is a solid role player who knows what he is and what he isn’t. He will not command a big contract.