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2021 Cowboys free agency: Cornerback Jourdan Lewis returning to Dallas on three-year, max of $16.5M deal

Jourdan Lewis isn’t going anywhere.

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Wednesday was a rather slow day for the Dallas Cowboys in free agency as the only news of note at the five o’clock hour was that they had released punter Chris Jones. A few days into the player acquisition period the Cowboys have, per their usual ways, generally sat out. Mostly the team has been focused on returning several players, generally with a tie to special teams.

Dallas has watched a number of different players leave in free agency already and one of them was cornerback Chidobe Awuzie. While Awuzie isn’t necessarily an elite corner his return would have settled the secondary situation somewhat. That didn't happen but the Cowboys did make a move in that direction.

Jourdan Lewis is returning to the Cowboys on a three-year, max of $16.5M deal

From just about day one Lewis and Awuzie were close as teammates. It makes sense given that they play the same position and were around each other a lot.

Lewis spoke glowingly about his former teammate on social media when news of Awuzie’s new deal with Cincinnati broke. The possibility of them continuing to play together existed until Lewis agreed to terms with a non-Bengals team, and that has happened. He isn’t going anywhere.

Jourdan Lewis is a promising cornerback, and the inclusion of the word “max” in the report would suggest that the deal might not be all too much in terms of what is being given up front. Still, though, at his peak he has been a legitimate playmaker for the team on defense so having him back is nice to see.

What’s more is that Lewis staying on the team means the Cowboys’ depth at cornerback isn’t totally depleted. He, Trevon Diggs, and Anthony Brown comprise the group for now, no disrespect intended towards special teams ace C.J. Goodwin who is also coming back, and obviously it is possible for the team to draft say Patrick Surtain II or Caleb Farley.

Welcome back, Jourdan Lewis.


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Update: 8:08pm ET

More details on Jourdan’s contract are in.

As you were.

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