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Anthony Brown Appears Safe for 2022, Adding to Loaded CB Room

Going into the we knew that the Cowboys were going to be up against the . Though semi-predictable contract shedding happened with , , and , one player who was surprisingly unaffected was . The veteran appears safe to return in 2022 and gives Dallas a fairly loaded CB position.

Entering the last year of the three-year deal he signed before 2020, Brown's contract offered the Cowboys $5 million in cap space with only $1.5 million in dead money. It was one of the cleanest moves they had available in terms of the size of the dead money hit compared to the cap savings.

Not only was there a fiscal benefit but, unlike with Cooper at WR or Jarwin at TE, Brown arguably had more solid replacement options behind him. The gap between Anthony and guys like and doesn't feel as severe as where losing Cooper, Jarwin, or over the last month currently leaves Dallas.

But while easily lost in the shadows of ' amazing season, Brown had his own breakout in 2021 with a career-high three interceptions, 71 tackles, and his first INT returned for a score. He had his bad moments too; the heavily-penalized game against the Raiders stand out. Nevertheless, Anthony was a solid 16-game starter who made his own positive impact opposite Diggs.

The Cowboys clearly valued Brown's contributions enough to not make him a cap casualty earlier this offseason. And now that we're in April and Dallas still has about $14-$15 million in cap space to use, it's possible they're going to just let Anthony finish out his contract next season after all.

In fact, Brown was among a few Cowboys defenders who yesterday had new jersey numbers announced for next season. Anthony will be going from #30 to #3, joining a trend that saw Trevon Diggs take #7 last year and Jourdan Lewis claim #2 now. It certainly sounds like Brown feels comfortable with his current squad.

That will give the Cowboys an impressive stable of experienced and young talent at cornerback in 2022. Diggs, Brown, Lewis, and Joseph make a top four with proven skills and room to improve further.

The depth potential doesn't stop there, either. Dallas would also have one of last year's 3rd-round picks, , competing with prospect and veteran for the bottom spots on the . It's also likely that the Cowboys will add at least a couple more CB prospects from the upcoming rookie class.

The beauty of the situation now, assuming it holds, is that cornerback is a position the Cowboys don't have hanging over them for the 2022 . While they're clearly in need of help at , receiver, and throughout the defensive front, Dallas could arguably come out of the draft with no additional corners and not have a problem come .

Hanging on to Anthony Brown creates this luxury. And while 2022 will probably be his last year in Dallas, he will either again be a bargain as a full-time starter or affordable, quality depth given his track record and experience.

Of course, there are still a few months left for Dallas to ultimately find other uses for that $5 million in cap space. But with the marquee mostly gone and 's next contract already accounted for by the franchise tender, it's hard to see where the Cowboys will suddenly find a need if they haven't already.

Once again, Anthony Brown keeps making himself valuable. It's how the former 6th-round pick earned a second contract from Dallas three years ago, and how he'll probably now play that contract out in 2022.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Robert defrancis

Didn’t Anthony brown commit some of the highest volume of penalties at corner back in the league

Lawrence C. Baker

He gets beat far too often in my opinion. He seems to miss a lot of tackles as well. I think the Cowboys could’ve afforded to let him go. No great loss there! As long as he’s opposite Diggs, opposing teams will find him and wide Receivers will continue to light him up.

Anthony

He is coming off his best season as a Cowboy and he was ok. He was exposed in the Raider game because Carr had a cup of Coffee in the pocket all game. He’s fine as long as he doesn’t get exposed like that. I’m thinking he’ll have his best season ever with the Cowboys simply because teams won’t throw Diggs way. Or hopefully Joseph can pass him on the depth chart and he would go back to being a solid slot corner. Either way he benefits the team greatly with his contract and skill.

gary b

I would consider it a disappointment if Joseph doesn’t beat him out. Brown does have value though. He can play outside or the slot, and u always want alot of depth at CB.

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