Why LB free agent Anthony Barr could be a good fit for the Cowboys

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The NFL schedule is entering the scorching days of summer, which means it’s a great time to look at what the Cowboys have left to do before training camp begins.

This week, ESPN’s Mike Bowen ranked the top 10 remaining free agents and broke down the teams each of those players would be best suited for. Former Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr ranked seventh on the list and, according to Bowen, would be the best fit for the Cowboys.

“There’s a premium on second-tier players with subset traits in Dan Quinn’s defensive system,” Bowen said. “The Cowboys have played a league-low 11 base defense snaps in 2021. Enter Barr, who has the three-try ability to drop coverage, pressure the QB and/or follow the ball into play from race.”

Bowen isn’t the only one suggesting Dallas take a look at the four-time Pro Bowler. SportsDay Cowboys writers Michael Gehlken and David Moore mentioned Barr as a free agent to watch during a recent roundtable of beat writers.

Barr was a top 10 draft pick in UCLA’s 2014 draft. Early in his college career, Barr played both running back and linebacker for the Bruins before switching completely to defense in his final two seasons.

One of the reasons Bowen believes Barr is compatible with Dallas is his ability to cover passes. Last year, Barr set a career high with three interceptions to go with five pass deflections as well.

“While I don’t see the high-level impact ability with Barr at this point in his career, he can be plotted in Quinn’s defense as a blitzer, and we know he has the ability to match/ wear underneath in the blanket,” Bowen said.

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