Dallas Cowboys: 3 realistic free agent targets in 2022

Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) blocks against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 19, 2021; Berea, OH, USA; New York Giants offensive guard Will Hernandez (71) warms up during a joint practice with the Cleveland Browns at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /

Dallas Cowboys FA target No. 1: Will Hernandez, G

Connor Williams is about to hit the open market and chances are high that the Dallas Cowboys will allow him to test out free agency. It’s true that he was considered a weak link on their line but that’s not exactly fair.

Williams has been a better player than he gets credit for but he does have a knack for drawing flags at the absolute worst time. It was so bad that he was even benched at one point for Connor McGovern, but in the end, Dallas went back to Williams.

Having said all that, the Texas product is likely about to get a contract that will surprise his doubters. As for the Cowboys, they’re going to need to find a new starting left guard and one option could be to try and lure WIll Hernandez in.

A product of UTEP, Hernandez was tied to Dallas in the 2018 NFL Draft but he was gone by pick 34 when the New York Giants took him. Since then, he’s appeared in 62 games with 56 starts but did find himself battling for a job in 2020 with Shane Lemieux. He did start all 17 games in 2021 but the Giants now have a new coaching staff and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them rehaul the majority of their O-line.

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If so, Dallas would be wise to see if Hernandez wants to return to the state of Texas. He’s a powerful 327-pound blocker who could find more success with Dallas than he did in New York due to the talent around him.