The Cowboys got the big deal done for a defensive end when they finally got DeMarcus Lawrence signed to a long-term deal. There was much rejoicing in Cowboys Land. With that, the team solidified the position because Tank will now be teamed with new acquisition Robert Quinn. He was brought on board for a very cheap 2020 sixth-round pick, but that was somewhat necessitated by the indefinite suspension of Randy Gregory.
Jerry Jones recently spoke about bringing Quinn on board, but really made it sound like it was a deal done on its own merits regardless of what is happening with Gregory. In fact, Jerry sounds downright positive that Gregory will be back at some point.
“[Defensive coordinator] Rod Marinelli had everything to do with really making that decision because we we (sic) hear about a rotation, and we think about a rotation,” Jones said. “Forget the uncertainty about Gregory with his availability. I’m positively looking at Gregory as it pertains to our future. I really am. That covers a lot of ground, but I’m pretty positive about that and very comfortable that we’ve got a good future here. And I think that. I don’t know that, but I think we’ve a good future.”
This would line up with the attempt the Cowboys recently made to extend Randy Gregory into the 2020 season. While that contract move has yet to be made official as the NFL reviews it, the attempt shows the Cowboys really believe that Roger Goodell will reinstate Gregory sooner rather than later. The NFL has been noticeably more lenient around their punishments for marijuana recently.
While the Cowboys seem to be very confident about Gregory’s availability in the near future, they still wanted Quinn just because it was too good of an opportunity to pass on.
“Quinn was there and an opportunity for us and a wise decision with Gregory standing there even without the issues and with Lawrence over on the other side. Quinn was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up even without that. He gives you those unique skills and gives us a [formidable] threesome. He’s a proven, competitive player. He gives you that.
Jerry goes on to say you can never have enough pass rushers.
“With pass rushers, you can’t get enough of them, but the point is you don’t ever get a chance to get enough of them. You don’t ever get a chance to. So he gave us a chance to do that. It was a unique opportunity. Some of these things, you just have to be ready to grab the train when it comes by. And he does that, and not so much about the questions about Gregory, but that’s logical. It does make all the sense in the world, but if you could have all three of those guys on any given Sunday. . . At the end of the day, I don’t know that there’s a more important thing that pressure on the quarterback.”
Lawrence, Quinn and Gregory all available on Sundays would be a terrific formula for the Cowboys. Today’s NFL is all about pressuring the passer. Those three should get that done.