The Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a new security, bringing free agents Malik Hooker and Domantae Kazee to town.
The cowboys have just signed a deal with former Falcon security, Keanu Neal, but Dallas is still looking for a security measure or two to bolster their secondary education. As it turns out, Neal could switch to the linebacker instead of directly taking over for Xavier Woods, who made the free choice.
Enter ex-Colt Malik Hooker and ex-Falcon Damontae Kazee who will be coming to Dallas this week after Ian Rapoport. According to Mike Fisher of CowboysSI.com, the interview and drug meetings are expected to take place on Wednesday.
Hooker and Kazee make fascinating options for the cowboys, but they’re not without risk. Both suffered Achilles’ tear injuries in 2020. Hookers came up against the Vikings on September 20, while Kazees followed against the Packers on October 5.
The cowboys have security options, but they have concerns
Hooker’s injury concerns don’t just apply to 2020. Hooker missed 14 games with the Colts in his first three seasons with torn knee ligaments in 2017, a hip problem in 2018, and a torn meniscus in 2019.
The talent is there. He’s had three interceptions and four pass diversions in six starts as a rookie while showing promise as he has seen the field since then. When the Cowboys sign hookers, they get a player with great potential but big question marks.
Kazee’s injury record is less worrying, though his return from his Achilles tear will have to weigh up the free agency’s decisions.
The 27-year-old had a strong track record with the Falcons with a clear connection with new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. He led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2018, followed by three interceptions in 2019. He’s also a former teammate of Neal who could help push the deal through.