Randy Gregory is one of if not the most important free agents the Cowboys have to decide on this offseason. They’ll need to do some finagling to get under the salary cap but that won’t be a problem with the number of contracts they can restructure.

Pro Football Focus listed the most improved player on each roster on Thursday and safety Jayron Kearse made the list for the Cowboys. Now, they’re looking at the most underrated player at each position that’s entering free agency, and Gregory was selected at the edge rusher spot.

Anthony Treash on Gregory:

“Gregory has had a rocky NFL career with multiple suspensions, but he was a featured piece on the Cowboys’ defense this past season. He ranked 12th among qualifying edge defenders in pass-rush grade (84.7) and tied for sixth in pressure rate (15.5%). Teams may be cautious to sign Gregory given his history, an offseason knee surgery and role, but there is no denying his special tools. Between his lateral quickness, explosiveness and improved plan, Gregory showed he can generate value as a rotational pass-rusher.”

Gregory’s history, as Treash mentioned, hasn’t been the smoothest. However, the biggest and only issue he had that kept him off the field was marijuana and the NFL doesn’t test for that anymore so he’s good there, especially since he’s gotten his life off the field together.

Knee injuries can be tricky and Gregory dealt with it throughout the 2021 season. Fortunately, it’s not considered serious and he’s expected to be ready for the offseason program.

Despise missing one game with COVID and another four with a calf injury, Gregory had a career year last season. He tied career highs in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (3) and logged the most quarterback hits he’s ever had with 17. Also, he hauled in the first interception of his career on an amazing tip drill to himself against the Washington Commanders in Week 14.

Keeping Gregory in-house is crucial for the Cowboys. The future of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is up in the air considering his $27 million cap hit in 2022. Dallas can save around $12 million by restructuring his deal if that’s the route they want to go, but with the uncertainty, locking up Gregory long-term is a wise thing to do.

As good as Randy Gregory is, it’s still a mystery how high his ceiling is. He’s yet to play a full season, so if he’s already this productive, there’s no telling what he can do with health on his side.

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