Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are known for their bargain-bin shopping when it comes to NFL free agency. Long gone are the days when Jerry Jones lavished the big bucks on free agents to wear the star. Instead, with the rise of Stephen Jones’ power within the organization, the Cowboys have been much more circumspect about who they sign.
So it goes as the Cowboys make their way through 2019 free agency. They’ve made a few outside signings, mainly Randall Cobb, Christian Covington and Kerry Hyder. Of those three, Randall Cobb is the big name and is expected to play a large role in the Cowboys 2019 plans.
But when it comes to a free agent “bang-for-the-buck-list” covering the entire NFL, it’s not Cobb’s name that shows up. Instead, it’s defensive lineman Kerry Hyder. Marcus Mosher put together the list for Bleacher Report and describes the Hyder signing as such.
Former Detroit Lions pass-rusher Kerry Hyder was a forgotten player during free agency.
After a breakout season in 2016, he tore his Achilles tendon before the 2017 campaign even started and missed the entire year. In 2018, new head coach Matt Patricia turned him into an interior rusher, and his statistics and quality of play both suffered.
Hyder totaled just one sack and six tackles during his final year with the Lions—a disappointing season for a player two calendars removed from showing so much promise.
With the issues the Cowboys are having along the defensive line, Hyder is a welcomed addition. DeMarcus Lawrence is still waiting on a long-term contract and won’t sign the franchise tag contract, Randy Gregory is suspended, and Tyrone Crawford is being looked at for his bar fight. That’s a lot of uncertainty. But Mosher thinks Hyder could fit right in, possibly even starting.
With a low base salary, he’s not a lock to make the roster. But if Hyder can prove he’s fully recovered from his Achilles tear, he could make a significant impact for the Cowboys—maybe even as a starter.
Expect him to find a way into Dallas’ defensive line rotation as coordinator Rod Marinelli turns him back into a productive player.
With a contract that has a salary cap hit under $1 million and only $300,000 guaranteed, Hyder will definitely be a bargain if he just manages to be a solid piece of the Cowboys line rotation. If they get more than that out of him, then it’s another free agent gem signed for the Cowboys defensive line.