Safety should remain Cowboys' priority

March, 27, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – Last week the Cowboys had a private workout with Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro. They saw him again Wednesday at the Longhorns’ pro day in Austin.

Today the Cowboys signed veteran Will Allen to a one-year deal.

So does it relate to Vaccaro or the team’s potential to select a safety early in the draft?

It shouldn’t.

Allen has started 33 games in his first nine seasons. He started seven last year in Pittsburgh during Troy Polamalu’s absence. He has four interceptions and 11 pass breakups in 130 games. He played in Tampa Bay for coordinator Monte Kiffin, so that helps.

But the Cowboys did not sign (or pay) Allen to be a starter. He offers some veteran protection with Barry Church, Matt Johnson and Danny McCray the only safeties on the roster.

The Cowboys are expected to bring Vaccaro in for one of their top-30 visits and also had a private workout with LSU’s Eric Reid. ProFootballTalk reports that Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien will also make a pre-draft visit to Valley Ranch.

Safety remains very much in play for the Cowboys early in next month’s draft, as it should.

The signing of Allen only gives them some insurance.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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