With the first two weeks of free agency just about in the books the Dallas Cowboys have had a clear focus on improving their defensive line, specifically the interior. We’ve seen Dallas lock down defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, and will soon lock down Dontari Poe. While it is definitely a welcome sign to see the Cowboys beefing up the middle of their first point of attack after losing Robert Quinn to the Chicago Bears, the question still remains... who is going to play on the right edge?
The left side of the Cowboys defensive line is taken care of the foreseeable future thanks to DeMarcus Lawrence. While there is definitely hope that Randy Gregory can return to the team and contribute, there are still questions concerning depth. This is where someone like Tyrone Crawford can potentially come in handy.
The Cowboys reportedly don’t have any plans to reduce Crawford’s contract
Earlier this offseason some national media came around to an idea that plenty of fans have had for a while... Tyrone Crawford as a potential cap casualty in 2020. Many view Crawford’s current contract as a way for the Cowboys to trim $8M off of their salary cap, but apparently the team doesn’t have any plans of doing so.
Cowboys have no plans to reduce Tyrone Crawford’s contract, an indication they are counting on him to have a significant role this season. https://t.co/UlqmcBuKIE— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) March 27, 2020
From an on-the-field sense, the idea of a Crawford-less defensive line is in fact a little shaky. We are all rooting for Randy Gregory, but he is an unknown in terms of present football skill. The next man up along the edge would be Dorance Armstrong. That’s hardly reliable.
Off of the field is where Tyrone Crawford might hold his biggest impact. It was reported late last season that the young Cowboys sorely missed his leadership and entering a season without former captains like Jason Witten, Travis Frederick, and Jeff Heath, not to mention with a new head coach in town, there is a line of thought that having Crawford at the front of the room is a good idea.
Over The Cap currently has the Cowboys with about $20M in salary cap space so it’s not like they are in sore need of the flexibility that Crawford could provide. This late into the free agency game it’s hard to see them doing something that would require that switch being flipped, but, as always, anything is possible.