Jayron Kearse is vital to the Cowboys, but his future is questionable.

Before Jayron Kearse joined Dallas in 2021, the safety position was a dark hole.

Often overlooked in roster-building, the Cowboys' safety room consisted of long shots and retreads. 

Kearse came to Dallas as both.

The same summer Kearse arrived, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn signed Atlanta safeties Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal as free agents. 

Dallas added former first-round pick Malik Hooker as a high-end reclamation project, making Kearse's job harder.

As if that wasn't enough safety talent in 2021, Donovan Wilson was expected to breakout in his third NFL season.

Kearse was a career role player getting his turn to contribute. He played less than 1,000 defensive snaps in his first five seasons. 

In three seasons before Dallas, he played more special teams than defense. 

 He didn't start starting for a struggling Detroit squad with an interim coach and the league's worst defense until midway through 2020.

There was no assurance he would make the Cowboys the next year, let alone start.

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