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CB Anthony Brown Up Against Salary Cap, Young Talent in 2022 Offseason

just had his best season ever in the NFL but it could very well be his last one with the Cowboys. Between potential cap relief for Dallas and some younger players behind him, the seventh-year may be looking for a new team in 2022.

Brown beat out , , and others last year to be a starting CB opposite . He started every game until the Week 18 finale and posted a career-high three interception. He also added 17 pass deflections and a forced fumble, generally making a positive impact on the vastly improved Cowboys .

Like most corners, Anthony was on the wrong end of some plays as well. His four in the loss to the Raiders drew the wrong kind of notoriety, and he struggled at times against some of the top receivers in the NFL.

Still, Brown is a great late-pick success story. The former 6th-Round selection in 2016 has defied expectations to be a serviceable corner. But circumstances in 2022 may still force him off Dallas' roster.

The key issue is the . The Cowboys are currently about $13 million over the cap and have to make moves to re-sign a slew of or bring in new talent.

Brown has one year left on his contract and a $6.5 million cap hit in 2022. With only $1.5 million in dead money, Dallas would create a nice chunk of $5 million in cap space by releasing Anthony in the coming weeks.

Cornerbacks are valuable, even the semi-average ones, and losing a player of Brown's caliber is less than ideal. But the blow is softened by having last year's 2nd and 3rd-round picks, and , to go along with Diggs and Lewis as a core CB group.

Joseph suffered a groin in the finale that limited him for most of the year. But the rookie got extensive work late in the year, even starting two games, and showed plenty to make Dallas optimistic about his potential with a larger role next season.

Wright was mostly used on last year but had been a standout during last year's . Always seen as a raw talent since the , Nahshon can hopefully add more technique to his game and be a contributor next year.

Throw in the mysterious Reggie Robinson, a 4th-Rounder from 2020, and there's an intriguing stable of young CB prospects for Dallas to work with. There's always a fresh draft class in 2022 for the Cowboys to add some additional talent as well.

This puts Anthony in a tough spot. He's a solid player but that $5 million may ultimately be more attractive given Dallas' other issues. And with so many younger prospects to work with, Brown could be seen as a progress stopper for Kelvin Joseph and others with perhaps greater upside.

Unfortunately, this points to Anthony Brown's six-year run with the Cowboys likely coming to an end this .

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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K.D. Drummond has an interesting new stat for ranking CB’s:

It basically takes QB’s ANY/A and adapts it to CB’s defending per target, with a tweaked version showing per coverage snap. He didn’t buy PFF’s feast or famine evaluation of Diggs ranking him as average. So, he came up with this to give more weight to INT’s and to give credit for those plays where the QB chooses to go in a different direction because the CB’s coverage is good.

How does this relate to Brown? It shows he’s slightly above average when grading per target (33 of 78) and well below average when grading per coverage snap (52 of 78).

Where does Jourdan Lewis rank? Slightly below average in per target (42 of 78), but right at average in per coverage snap (38 of 78).

Interestingly, Chidobe Awuzie ranks #11 per target and #16 per coverage snap. Where is Byron Jones? He’s #68 per target and #70 per coverage snap. Looks like Awuzie would have been worth the 3 year, $21,750,000 contract he got from the Bengals. Byron Jones? Yeah, thanks for the 3rd round comp pick last year.LOL

Dave Corvino

Brown has been up and down over the years, but Kelvin Joseph looked pretty good as a rookie and should make a jump to the next level in year two. I think he is a great pairing with Trevon Diggs. Lewis does a good job as the third CB. Nahshon Wright and Reggie Robinson are both mysteries to me. I’m not so sure either will ever be a top flight defensive back…but time will tell. The rest of the guys on the roster are anybody’s guess: Israel Mukuamu, Maurice Canady, Kyron Brown…. who knows.

Sam Mayberry

That’s all well & good with the CB situation..
I’m much more concerned about Kellen Moore’s , lack
Of targeting Cee Dee Lamb !
Seemed all year that A. Cooper just whined about attempts
And it swayed the offensive plays that Moore called..
Don’t force the ball to a receiver that is inferior to Lamb .

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