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BREAKING: Longtime Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford Retiring

, who's spent his entire nine-year NFL career with the , will be retiring this . The news of Crawford's was announced by today during a .

A 3rd-round pick by the Cowboys in 2012, Crawford joined the team after playing college ball a Boise State. He was drafted to play in the 3-4 scheme being used by former Rob Ryan.

Crawford played as a backup DE his rookie season and then missed all of 2013 with an Achilles during . He returned in 2014 as a hybrid DE/DT after the team had switched to the .

See great potential in Crawford as a pass-rushing DT, Dallas gave him a significant during the 2015 offseason. They thought they were getting ahead of the market and locking Tyrone up at a discount based on his perceived future production.

Unfortunately, that contract put a bullseye on Crawford for the last six seasons. While always a solid player with valuable position flexibility, Tyrone never had more than 5.5 in a single year and struggled at times to stay healthy.

Over the last few years, complaints about Crawford's contract became an annual topic. He was targeted as a potential casualty at times but Dallas kept bringing him back as a reliable depth option and locker room leader.

That contract finally expired in 2021 and Tyrone became a last week. Now it appears his career will not be continuing with the Cowboys or any other team.

Through whatever ups and downs, Tyrone Crawford put in almost a full decade of solid work for the Dallas Cowboys. He lived up to being a 3rd-round pick and was a significant piece on some of our most successful modern-era teams.

We wish him well in his next chapter!

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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