Cowboys free agents: Eric Frampton

January, 31, 2013
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Greg Bartram/USA TODAY SportsEric Frampton can play both safety spots.

Eric Frampton


Position: Safety

Type: Unrestricted

Summary: Frampton was the first of several veteran players signed off the market during the season because to injuries. Frampton was able to play some corner but was mainly a safety. He picked up the defensive scheme pretty quickly and earned significant snaps on defense. When injuries hampered the secondary, particularly to safety Danny McCray, Frampton was one of the first safeties used. He had 30 tackles on the season, 11 coming as a starter.

Why keep him: Frampton is a smart player who is able to utilize his athletic gifts at both free and strong safety.

Why let him go: The Cowboys have a young safety, Matt Johnson, who didn't play last season due to injury. If Johnson is healthy, it's better to give him snaps with the second team defense over Frampton.

Best guess: The Cowboys should bring him back because he can play both safety spots, but he's probably more comfortable as a free safety.

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Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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