The Dallas Cowboys were forced to address edge rusher after watching Randy Gregory sign with the Denver Broncos in free agency. Gregory was a force rushing the passer and added a lot of value to the defense in Dallas.
With Gregory off to the AFC, Dallas turned to re-signing Dorance Armstrong before drafting Sam Williams in the second-round. Williams is a raw pass rusher that plays with speed and quickness of the edge. The former Ole Miss defender has an opportunity to fill some of the void left by Gregory.
Prior to adding Williams, the Cowboys reportedly had interest in adding a veteran talent at the position. Bringing in a veteran makes a lot of sense with questions at the position outside of DeMarcus Lawrence.
Cowboys had interest in Jason Pierre-Paul.
The veteran that the Cowboys had interest in is a three-time Pro Bowler: Jason Pierre-Paul. JPP, the former Giants defender, is someone that the Cowboys are well-aware of. He has been a key piece to the Buccaneers’ success over the last few seasons.
Pierre-Paul is aging, however. His 2021 season was far from his best, as he only recorded 2.5 sacks in 12 games. On one hand, that brings his value down, putting him in a market that the Cowboys would likely have interest in. On the other, there does not seem to be much juice left in the tank.
Nonetheless, the Dallas Cowboys kicked the tires of potentially adding Pierre-Paul. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler notes that those plans may have changed after draft weekend, though.
Quinn did a ton of homework on fast, quick players with pass-rush production. That led the Cowboys to second-round pick Sam Williams (No. 56), who will work his way into the D-line rotation. Dallas now feels it has at least six capable edge rushers. At one point, it had some interest in veteran Jason Pierre-Paul, but the draft might have changed those plans.
The reported interest in Pierre-Paul says more about the Cowboys acknowledging that edge rusher was a need on the roster, more-so than the player himself. Dallas went out and added Williams through the draft, who was a player that Dan Quinn expressed interest in during the pre-draft process.
Dallas will lean on a group of Williams, Armstrong, and Chauncey Golston to help make up for the loss of Gregory opposite of Lawrence. That said, there seems to be a chance that the Dallas Cowboys bring in another player to compete for a role in the defense between now and the start of training camp.
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