Dallas Cowboys 3 high profile defensive free agents to target in 2022 offseason

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NFL Free Agency; Carolina Panthers cornerback Stephon Gilmore (9) celebrates after an interception with teammates against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys defense played well at times in 2022 but relied too much on turnovers. They need to improve and that can happen through free agency.

Dan Quinn deserves an awful lot of credit for what he did as the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys in 2021. He took one of the worst units in the league — and one that could simply never generate turnovers — and made them one of the most opportunistic in the entire NFL.

The only problem is, they relied much too heavily on the turnover to have success. This isn’t saying it’s bad to get the ball back, because that’s the point, but they also have to be able to make stops when the ball isn’t up for grabs.

For that reason, the front office should look to make a splash addition. In order to do so, they could target one of these three high-profile free agents. Sure, they will need to create some cap room to make any of these work, but we have seen that happen time and again, meaning it’s not a major concern.

Dallas Cowboys FA target No. 3: Stephon Gilmore

Stephon Gilmore was the 10th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of South Carolina and spent the first five seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills. He then went to New England where he played from 2017 through 2020 before being traded to the Carolina Panthers this offseason.

No matter where he’s been, one thing remains true in regards to Gilmore — he’s one of the absolute best cover corners in the NFL. In his career, he has played un 132 games with 27 interceptions, 116 pass defenses, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

He has missed several games over the past two seasons and will be 32 when the 2022 NFL Season starts but Dallas needs a veteran corner who can lock down an opposing No. 1 wideout if they ever want to start winning postseason games. Gilmore can offer that.

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