Cowboys add to potential safety pool with Jayron Kearse visit

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After years of treating the safety position as an afterthought, the Dallas Cowboys are doing their due diligence in 2021. They signed veteran Keanu Neal to a one-year deal on Saturday, however, his role is being switched to weakside linebacker under Dan Quinn’s scheme. Damonte Kazee and Malik Hooker are scheduled to visit The Star in Frisco on Wednesday with a potential starting role opposite Donovan Wilson up for grabs.

The Cowboys aren’t stopping there though as another name has been thrown into the safety hat. Jayron Kearse will also be in the building, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

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Kearse was a seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 where he played for four seasons. During his time in the Twin Cities Kearse logged almost 600 plays on defense but was primarily used on special teams as he registered over 1,000 snaps in the area. He signed a one-year deal worth $2.75 million with the Detroit Lions last March but was suspended for the first three games of the season for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy stemming from an arrest last February where he was suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Kearse played a rotational role before earning seven consecutive starts at safety for the Lions in 2020. He logged career highs in defensive snaps (503) and tackles (59) before he was waived for violating team rules just ahead of Lion’s season finale.

If the Cowboys were to bring Kearse on board his role could revert to his days with the Vikings as a special teams contributor. However, having spent time playing both free and strong safety he would provide depth at a position that’s been a weak spot for the Cowboys for quite some time.