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FILE - New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) in the second half of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News)


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FILE – New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) stiff arms Dallas Cowboys strong safety Jeff Heath (38) in the second half of an NFL football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018. (Shaban Athuman/The Dallas Morning News)

GRAPEVINE — The Cowboys waited until the sixth round to draft a safety.

Fans weren’t the only ones to take notice. Officials from several teams around the league have called in recent days to let the Cowboys know they are happy to send a safety their way for the right cost.

“We’ve already started getting a few calls, people needing things and knowing that we might need, thinking we might need, a safety,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday afternoon from the team’s golf outing for sponsors at Cowboys Golf Club. “Would we be willing to trade this player for that player?

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“I think this is going to pay for us. We’re not in any hurry. We feel good about our safety position. Now we’ve just got to keep working.”

The Cowboys had a chance to select Virginia’s Juan Thornhill, one of the top safeties in the draft, in the second round but opted for defensive tackle Trysten Hill. The club waited four more rounds (No. 213) before selecting Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson.

Veteran George Iloka, who was signed in free agency, and Wilson are the additions since the end of the season. Those two will be given the chance to compete with Jeff Heath for his starting job at strong safety.

While the Cowboys are thin on the back end they have depth in the offensive and defensive lines. Jones indicated teams thin in those areas have contacted Dallas about an exchange.

“I think that says a lot,” Jones said. “We’ve got some really good football players.

“I love Jerry’s famous line,” he said of his father, “‘You keep strong at a position by drafting into a position of strength.’ That’s what we did with [Connor] McGovern. I think we’ve got some real depth there in the offensive line, not to mention many other positions.”

Jones understands the internal assessment of what the Cowboys have at safety is higher than the opinion outside the organization. He will continue to listen to offers and would never rule out a deal at this stage.

That’s different from actively seeking a trade.

“Not just anyone fits, as we all know, what we’re trying as an organization to get accomplished at that position,” Jones said. “A lot of people may say there is this safety, that safety. It’s got to be a safety that works for us.

“We’ll just continue to work through that. We’re not going to be in any hurry. As I said, we’re comfortable with the guys we have. We know we can go out and play really good defense with the guys we have and it’s going to be interesting to see how some of these new guys compete with the older group.”

Briefly:The Cowboys rookie class reports to town Thursday for physicals and a meeting ahead of rookie orientation getting underway Friday through Sunday. The rookies will merge with the rest of the roster next week.

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