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Cowboys Re-Sign DE Dorance Armstrong to 2-Year Contract

While their 2022 hasn't been pretty so far, the Cowboys were able to keep one of their more underrated players from last season. Dallas has re-signed to a two-year, $13 million contract.

Armstrong is coming off a career year with five in 13 games. He was third on the team in sacks behind and in addition to making some key plays throughout 2021.

The Cowboys strong desire to retain Gregory went unsatisfied as Randy, after agreeing to a contract with Dallas, backed out and instead signed with the . Other top pass rushers such as and Chandler Jones have since come off the board as well.

But while Gregory will receive $14 million per season in Denver, Armstrong is getting a little less than half that amount to stay in Dallas. Last year Dorance only had one less sack than Randy and turns just 25 this June, while Gregory hits 30 in November.

The Cowboys acquired Armstrong four years ago with a 4th-Round pick in the . Dallas has also re-signed WR from that class and placed the on TE . The future of 1st-Round pick , still a , has yet to be determined.

and WR , also from the 2018 Draft, have both signed with the as opened this week.

Having played for three different defensive coordinators since arriving in Dallas, Armstrong should find comfort in a second season with . With more opportunities and a potential starting role, Dorance could easily set some new career highs in 2022.

However, Dallas is reportedly still in the market for pass-rush help in free agency even after this move. Za'Darius Smith, the former Packer who just backed out of a deal with Baltimore, is one to keep an eye on.

Whether it's as Randy Gregory's replacement or part of the pass-rushing rotation, Dorance Armstrong will continue his NFL journey with the only team he's known. And in an offseason where so much focus is currently on departures, it's nice to see the Cowboys hang on to an asset.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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He also played more snaps and had more tackles than Gregory. I’d much rather put my trust in him to perform.

Armstrong has been flagged for only 3 penalties in his entire career for a total of 28 yards. Gregory had that many in one playoff game, 3 for 15 yards, with 2 of them giving SF a 1st down. (22 career for 210 yards).

Armstrong may not create as many pressures, but he also doesn’t help the opponents dig themselves out of holes.

For that price, I love this signing.


I like DA and this signing for two years, especially after RG bolted. He has had his good moments last year as a part timer. And at just 25 years old when the season starts, his best play may still be ahead of him. Still can add with a FA or at draft time, but this takes some pressure off somewhat.

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