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Dallas Cowboys play Finders Guardians with Jayron Kearse

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To the delight of many, the Dallas Cowboys will finally put ink to paper by signing safety Jayron Kearse to a two-year, $10 million contract (with incentives to earn $11 million in total). Putting all parties at ease, fans included, the Dallas Cowboys are returning one of their most versatile players of 2021 and providing some continuity on Dan Quinn’s defense.

After his breakout year, it was decision time for Jayron Kearse and the Dallas Cowboys.

Things were looking grim, and fans were growing increasingly frustrated with how the Dallas Cowboys brass handled free agency. Randy Gregory escaped their grasp. Dalton Schultz was brought back for $11 million on the franchise tag. And a plethora of outside free agents crossed paths with them on the night.

Michael Gallup has received a nice contract (which is good news), but there is uncertainty about his return date (which is bad news). And in case you were wondering, there were no parades when the team signed WR James Washington, DE Dante Fowler or re-signed LB Leighton Vander Esch either.

Some may have clapped sarcastically when the Dallas Cowboys re-signed long snapper Jake McQuaide. Because there is something ironically awesome and fun about rooting for the long snapper.

Otherwise, outside of the brilliance of bringing McQuaide back, free agency was once again underwhelming for Dallas Cowboy fans (and coaches and merchandisers).

While the Dallas Cowboys front office explains “value” in terms of production versus dollars in their signings, other teams are just battling their chests over what difference maker their team landed.

It would be nice if the Dallas Cowboys signed a difference-making outside free agent, but that’s how they do it and they finally found one of their cheap buys.

That’s when the Dallas Cowboys front office had us all on the edge of our seats. Would they make this deal? Kearse’s play clearly earned him a significant pay rise, but would he get it?

There was speculation that Kearse would hang up with the Dallas Cowboys. What was his market like? What is his asking price? If the market was low on Kearse, why should the Cowboys pay him more than that?

The answer, as Jayron Kearse repeatedly pointed out on Twitter, is respect. Was it directed at the Dallas Cowboys? Maybe, maybe not. We’ll never know, but if the front office is in good faith, then they should meet the middle player and say, “hey, your market in the league is weak, but we know you’re valuable to us and to Quinn with what we’re doing here.

Could Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker become the safety tandem the Dallas Cowboys have been missing?

It looks like the Dallas Cowboys did just that. Kearse is now with the team for the next two seasons while potentially doubling over the next two seasons what he has done in total over the first six years of his career.

Dallas also signed free safety Malik Hooker to a two-year contract. Ironically, Hooker was a top first-round prospect who faltered through injury. Kearse was a lower-tier 7th-round prospect who sported four jerseys in six seasons. Now both find their place in the same system. Both with increasing expectations.

Everyone knew the potential that Malik Hooker possessed. It comes from being a 1st round pick and seeing his incredible play at Ohio State.

Kearse was more of a “Finders Keepers” situation. Thank goodness the Dallas Cowboys found him. Now a bigger thank you for keeping it. Even though it’s been a lackluster offseason so far, we have to tip the boys for making this deal.

Guardians of the Finders.