The Dallas Cowboys have not played in a Super Bowl since the end of the 1995 NFL season.
Though they might be America’s Team, the only teams with longer NFC Championship Game droughts than them are the Detroit Lions and the rebranded Washington Commanders, who played against each other in 1991. As the Cowboys watch the Cincinnati Bengals take on the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, they need to identify players on either squad who can help them out.
Fortunately for the Cowboys, they should have every reason to believe they can add one of these three players in 2022 NFL free agency.
Dallas Cowboys: 3 free agents to target who are playing in Super Bowl 56
Ricardo Allen could play for his former Falcons head coach on this Dallas defense
Though he is not the marquee name of some players taking part in Sunday’s game, Bengals safety Ricardo Allen would fit in seamlessly on the Dallas defense. This is because he spent the bulk of his NFL career playing for Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn on the Atlanta Falcons. Allen was part of Atlanta’s defensive backfield throughout Quinn’s entire run as the Falcons head coach.
While some of his former Atlanta teammates like Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal linked up with Quinn this past season, Allen could be quick to join Dallas if the Bengals do not pay up. Of course, he may like playing for Lou Anarumo on his Bengals defense. Either way, Allen will have plenty of options entering his age-31 season out of Purdue this offseason. Will it be the Cowboys, though?
No doubt about it. Dallas will be a place many people will try to tie Allen to because of his previous working relationship with Quinn. While things went to hell in a hand basket in 2020 for the Dirty Birds, keep in mind this one fact. Allen will have played in two Super Bowls in his NFL career, one with the Falcons and one with the Bengals. If those teams can reach one, why can’t the Cowboys?
Allen could help fix the little things Dallas did not get right last year to help reach Super Bowl 57.
Odell Beckham Jr. starring for the Dallas Cowboys is a Jerry Jones fever dream
Let’s be real. How sure are we Jerry Jones will be able to contain himself if the Cowboys stand any semi-realistic chance of signing Odell Beckham Jr. in free agency? Doing so would be as a means to replace Michael Gallup in free agency, as well as make up for what they are not getting out of Amari Cooper. Beckham playing in the same receiving corps with CeeDee Lamb will be electrifying.
2022 will be Beckham’s age-30 season out of LSU. Though Dallas is not as big of a media market as Los Angeles or New York City, the Cowboys are the biggest brand in the league. No matter how Sunday’s game shakes out between the Bengals and Rams, there will be great intrigue over where Beckham could end up. He may return to Los Angeles, but he is very likely just a short-term rental.
His addition to the Rams has helped offset losing Robert Woods for the season. Assuming he can come back healthy, the Rams may just go back to their receiving corps being carried by Woods and Cooper Kupp, leaving Beckham in a diminished role. With his free agency stock back to good after a very trying run in Cleveland, there is reason to believe Beckham could suit up for the Cowboys.
This comes down to what he values between media market, team brand and on-field opportunity.
Von Miller playing for his hometown team back in Dallas is too good to pass up
If the Cowboys are going to put all their eggs into one basket in an attempt to sign a soon-to-be free agent playing in Super Bowl 56, go get Von Miller, please. The former No. 2 overall pick by the Denver Broncos could be the missing piece this Dallas defense needs to be championship-caliber. Imagine having him play in the same front-seven with emerging star linebacker Micah Parsons.
Not only is Miller in the same vein as Beckham being a likely short-term rental for the Rams, but keep in mind this one very important fact. He is from Dallas-Forth Worth. Not only that, but Miller is one of the greatest players in Texas A&M football history. He already has a baked-in fanbase and any Texas native would love to play for the Cowboys at any point in his football playing career.
Most importantly, it would be like Dallas getting back DeMarcus Ware, a hall-of-fame-level player who left in the twilight of his illustrious career to go win a ring in Denver, alongside Miller. While it is still hard to process Miller not being the face of Broncos football, it is all the more reason the Cowboys should actively pursue him in free agency. He is a champion and an undeniable superstar.
The Cowboys have no choice but to go for broke, as they can absolutely win the NFC next season.