Dallas Cowboys to Denver Broncos option No. 2: Jayron Kearse, Safety
Another player who really took off under Dan Quinn’s coaching this past season was safety Jayron Kearse. The Clemson product was a seventh-round pick for the Minnesota Vikings back in 2016 and spent four seasons there before heading to Detroit in 2020. He had a decent campaign with the Lions, recording 59 tackles but he was still an overlooked addition for Dallas this offseason.
Kearse was one of three safeties signed by the Cowboys as he joined Damontae Kazee and Malik Hooker — who both were much more celebrated players. By season’s end, it was clear who was the best player at the position in Dallas, and it was easily Kearse.
The veteran ended up with 101 tackles, 10 pass defenses, two interceptions (although he should have had at least one more), nine tackles for a loss, and one sack. Simply put, Kearse was all over the field and proved to be a big impact player.
With how well he took off in Quinn’s scheme, it would only make sense for him to try and remain with his coach from 2021. Whether that ends up being in Dallas or with the Broncos, it wouldn’t be surprising to see these two work together for another season.