The Cowboys are staying true to their philosophy when it comes to free agency by bringing their in-house guys back. Michael Gallup, Jayron Kearse, Dorance Armstrong, Leighton Vander Esch, Luke Gifford, and Bryan Anger have all been re-signed.

Dallas isn’t stopping there. On Wednesday, the Cowboys re-signed defensive tackle, Carlos Watkins, to a one-year deal after doing the same in 2021.

Watkins was a fourth-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2017. In four seasons, Watkins totaled 74 tackles and four sacks, not exactly mind-blowing numbers. So, when Watkins came to the Cowboys, he was seen as a depth piece and nothing more.

Surprisingly, Watkins had a pretty decent year in 2021. He started 14 games and racked up 32 tackles, a sack, and a fumble recovery. The highlight of his season came on the road against the New Orleans Saints when he ran back an interception 29 yards for a touchdown.

The Cowboys have some options in the NFL draft to add more help on the interior of their defensive line besides Watkins. Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt, UConn’s Travis Jones, and Oklahoma’s Perrion Winfrey are players to keep an eye on in the first few rounds.

Watkins coming back to the Cowboys isn’t the splash move that most would want after losing Randy Gregory. However, it gives the Cowboys a solid run stuffer to go alongside Neville Gallimore, Trysten Hill, and Osa Odighizuwa.

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