It was the decision carrying a thousand implications. The Keith Davis retention should be applauded…
Davis May Be Done in Dallas
The Dallas Cowboys have a new decision to make at free safety. Monday, restricted free agent Keith Davis agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints. As a RFA, the Cowboys now have seven days to match the offer, or allow Davis to go to New Orleans. Davis started 15 games at free safety for the Cowboys last season and finished third on the team with 66 tackles, but the team is still looking to draft a safety later this month. Why? For starters, Davis is viewed by the Cowboys organization as an excellent special teams player, but his coverage skills have always been a question mark. In addition, Dallas already has a Pro Bowl strong safety in Roy Williams, and the team wants a better coverage safety to compliment his skills. Finally, Bill Parcells has always maintained he wanted to keep Davis as his special teams' ace and that playing him in the field reduced his effectiveness as a special teams' player. Simply put, while Davis is a hard-hitter, he's not widely viewed as the long-term solution at free safety- which is one reason he may be done in Dallas. Also, at the price the Saints are willing to pay, $2.1 million in 2006, the Cowboys may be better to spend their money elsewhere for another future special teams ace. Dallas offered Davis just $722,000 earlier this year. As an original undrafted free agent, the Cowboys would not receive any compensation if Davis ends up with New Orleans.
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