The Dallas Cowboys have had a bit of a downer start to their free agency this off-season. Whether it was the trading of Amari Cooper, or the drama surrounding the Randy Gregory negotiations. It’s been a tumultuous time for Cowboys Nation.
However, a bit a good news is peaking its head in week two. Early reports claimed the Cowboys would let their Pro Bowl punter, Bryan Anger, leave in free agency. Instead, they’re doing the exact opposite. Agreeing to a new deal, locking him up for the next few seasons.
Cowboys are re-signing P Bryan Anger to a three-year, 9M contract. “Done deal,” source said. Team was not expected to spend at that position, but it got there with Anger. His 44.6-yard net average in 2021 set a franchise record. Now, he is back.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 22, 2022
Anger is coming off his best season of his career, earning both Pro Bowl and second team All-Pro honors. In 2021, he ranked fourth in yards per punt (48.4), set the franchise record of 44.6 net average yards per punt and finished with 24 punts downed inside the 20. All among the league’s best.
Bryan Anger was one of six Pro Bowl selections in 2021, as well as one of four All-Pros for the Dallas Cowboys. Sharing both honors with only G Zack Martin, LB/Edge Micah Parsons and CB Trevon Diggs. Being the first Cowboys punter to be named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro since Matt McBriar in 2010.
At this time, Anger is tied as the third highest paid punter per year. Being in the same pay rate alongside names like Michael Dickson, AJ Cole, Tress Way and Logan Cooke. Placing him among the league’s elite punters.
Along with LB Luke Gifford and long snapper Jake McQuaide, Anger is the third core special teams players re-signed to the Dallas Cowboys so far. Reinvigorating special teams coach John Fassel’s unit for 2022.
While re-signing a punter is likely not the most exciting move, reclaiming an All-Pro is always good business. Given how well he played in 2021, there’s no reason to think he can’t replicate that success this season.