This year saw a great injustice finally righted when Drew Pearson was announced as one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To say that it took too long would be an understatement. While Pearson put together an incredible career on the field for America’s Team, he has been just as great off of it, and for a long time now. One of Pearson’s greater moments came four years ago at the 2017 NFL Draft which was held in Philadelphia. Pearson announced the Cowboys’ second-round pick and did so in spectacular fashion.
It was Chidobe Awuzie that heard his name called in triumphant fashion by Drew Pearson, the same Awuzie who entered this past season on the final year of his rookie contract. With free agency here it has felt more than possible that the Cowboys would lose one of he and Jourdan Lewis, and well, it has begun.
Chidobe Awuzie is joining the Cincinnati Bengals on a three-year deal
At the outset of the 2020 season, Chidobe Awuzie was asked if he had considered opting out. He responded that it was a contract year for him and that he was obviously hoping for a successful campaign.
Unfortunately, things did not go great for Awuzie as he only played in eight games throughout the season, by far the lowest of his career. It was a lost season in many ways for the Cowboys and it appears that he was ready to move on as it was reported on Tuesday morning that he is joining the Cincinnati Bengals on a three-year deal.
#Bengals agree to terms on a three-year deal with former #Cowboys CB Chidobe Awuzie, source says. Cincy continuing to make moves on defense. They liked the former second-rounder's athleticism and consistency.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2021
While Awuzie never reached the elite cornerback potential that many people thought he was capable of, he was a serviceable player for the Cowboys. What’s more is now that he is gone, Dallas is going to have to make sure that they are properly stocked at the cornerback position ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft. As of now their only two legitimate options are Anthony Brown and Trevon Diggs.
Awuzie’s running mate throughout his time in Dallas was the player taken one round after him, cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Time will tell if the Cowboys return Lewis to their secondary, but Awuzie is gone, and maybe a compensatory pick will return to The Star a year from now as a result of it.