As things stand on the outset of free agency the only reliable, using that word in simply its literal sense, defensive tackle that the Dallas Cowboys have on their roster is Trysten Hill. Dallas drafted Hill in the second round last year, and to be frank, he was underwhelming throughout his rookie campaign. With Maliek Collins hitting free agency, options are running thin, but it’s possible that the Cowboys bring back Antwaun Woods to help stabilize things.
There could be another potential option for the Cowboys. There’s a name that was once quite prominent along their defensive line, a name that has resurfaced - David Irving.
Could David Irving return to the Cowboys at some point?
David Irving received his fair share of suspensions while playing for the Cowboys and last played for them in 2018 (a season in which he only played two games). He is still very young (26) and obviously had a lot of natural gifts, what if he could find his way back to football?
It seems that an Irving return to football in general is at the very least possible in that the idea has life. Irving has already said he is looking at being reinstated.
Irving was back on [Instagram] Monday with a pair of videos that addressed changes to [marijuana] policies included in the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement and his own move to get back onto the field.
“A lot of behind the scenes stuff,” Irving said. “I’m sure y’all saw the NFL said they’re going to change the laws. Everyone’s all excited. I was expecting it. I told y’all this s*** was gonna happen and this is something we’ve been working for. Everyone’s been DMing me, asking if I’m going to go back. Well, let’s just say I’m in the reinstatement process right now. So we’ll see what happens.”
Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan, Bryan Broaddus noted that the Cowboys seem willing to “explore” an Irving return, assuming he is in fact reinstated by the league.
Note: Exploring doesn't mean yes we're interested. David Irving is quite a wildcard. https://t.co/rhENZYs2dS— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) February 26, 2020
At his peak Irving was an unstoppable force for the Cowboys and new head coach Mike McCarthy likely remembers that well from Irving’s great performance in Green Bay four years ago. To have someone like him back would be a huge boost of momentum for a Cowboys defensive front that needs interior presence.
It is important to note that something like this is a long way from actually happening, assuming it ever did happen. Irving has been outspoken against the NFL during his time away from the game and we have no idea if he would be reinstated.
Think of the biggest hurdle you can possibly imagine ... OK, that's what's standing between David Irving and a return to the NFL, much less the Cowboys. It's not impossible (is it ever with Cowboys?) but fans shouldn't get their hopes up.— Damon R. Marx (@DamonMarxDMN) February 26, 2020
Food for thought.