Brandon Weeden, Dallas Cowboys, Demarcus Ware, Denver Broncos, Henry Melton, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Jason Hatcher, Jeremy Mincy, Kyle Orton, Terrell McClain, Tony Romo, Washington Redskins
The Dallas Cowboys have addressed some of their needs so far via free agency. One of the more important signings is former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden. Weeden last season had a 52.8 completion percentage with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions for a surprising TID of 0. Weeden did only play 8 games last season. For his career he has a 55.9 completion percentage for a -0.7 TID. Weeden is entering his third season and the Cowboys are unsure if Kyle Orton will be backing up Tony Romo this season. I think Weeden is more talented then what we have seen from him in Cleveland. I know his age is going to be an issue very shortly but I think this isn’t a bad signing because at the end of the day Weeden was playing for one of the most inept franchises in the last 25 years. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett a former quarterback himself should make a good mentor for the third year player.
To replace the departing Jason Hatcher who signed with division rival Washington, the Cowboys signed former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton. Melton was injured for most of last year so his stats last year shed absolutely no light on what to expect. On the other hand in 2012 Melton was a Pro-Bowler for the Bears. Melton in his first three seasons in 45 games had 84 tackles that averages out to 1.9 tackles a game. 15.5 sacks an average 0.34 sacks a game. He also has a fumble recovery and a pass defensed. Melton is 27 while Hatcher is 32 so there is still a lot upside to Melton so I think this is a good signing.
The Cowboys have also signed a couple of backup defensive linemen former Jaguars/Broncos defensive end Jeremy Mincy and former Texans defensive tackle Terrell McClain. Both of these signings are good it gives the Cowboys needed depth on the line and this was a line that needed lots of help and will need lots of help especially in the passing game now that DeMarcus Ware is in Denver.