Dallas Cowboys News, March 18: Al Harris Promoted to Assistant Head Coach, Free Agency Needs, and More

Here's the latest news involving the Dallas Cowboys, including Al Harris being promoted to assistant head coach and potential free agency fits.

As the Dallas Cowboys have continued to remain relatively quiet in NFL free agency, the team recently promoted one of their coaches.

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The Cowboys watched a franchise cornerstone sign elsewhere Friday, as long-time starting left tackle Tyron Smith reportedly agreed to a deal with the New York Jets.

They also released LB Leighton Vander Esch and WR Michael Gallup and will now have no choice but to become active in free agency and address some of the newest holes on their roster.

Let’s take a look at the latest Cowboys news and a potential free agency pick for the team.

DB Coach Al Harris Promoted to Assistant Head Coach

Al Harris, the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach, is expected to add assistant head coach to his current title, Josina Anderson of CBS Sports reported Sunday.

Harris, 49, has been on the Cowboys’ coaching staff since 2020, when Mike McCarthy was named Dallas’ head coach. McCarthy also spent four seasons as Harris’ head coach when the one-time NFL cornerback played for the Green Bay Packers (2006-09).

Under Harris, Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland have become All-Pro cornerbacks. Bland led the NFL with nine interceptions this past season, while Diggs paced the league with 11 in 2021.

“Definitely, Al’s an incredible coach. And I think anytime you have a chance to be in a room not only with someone that’s an expert of how to do it, but he’s also done it, that carries a lot of weight in this game without a doubt,” McCarthy said this past November. “… I’m just so happy for him to see him get some recognition for the type of job that he’s done.”

Tyron Smith Departure Leaves OL Questions

Smith, a franchise cornerstone at left tackle, is joining the Jets on a one-year deal worth up to $20 million.

Center Tyler Biadasz also left to join the Washington Commanders. With two of the primary starters from last season now on different teams, the Cowboys will at the very least have two different linemen starting in front of Dak Prescott.

Chase Young Good Fit for Dallas

Pro Football Network’s Nick Faria named Chase Young a good match for Dallas.

The second overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Young was selected by Washington to be the defensive face of the organization. After totaling a modest 14 sacks in 3.5 seasons, an ACL injury, and questions surrounding his effort, the one-time Ohio State star was traded to the 49ers as part of a deadline move.

Now, after a Super Bowl appearance and a two-sack finish with San Francisco, Young has hit the open market.

Getting a quality edge rusher should be at the top of the Cowboys’ free agent wish list, and Young could be a good answer.

“With Mike Zimmer now at the helm of the Cowboys’ defense, he should have little problem getting as much out of Young as possible. It’s why the 24-year-old would make a lot of sense for a Dallas defense that desperately needs an edge in 2024,” Faria wrote.

Dak Prescott Welcomes Daughter

Cowboys star quarterback Dak Prescott and his girlfriend, Sarah Jane Ramos, shared the first photos of their newborn baby girl.

The couple announced earlier this month that they welcomed baby MJ on Feb. 29 during a Children’s Cancer Fund gala.

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“MJ Rose, Being your parents is the biggest blessing life has to offer, and we are so fortunate that you are ours!” the couple captioned the post.

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