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    Cutting Ties With Tyrone Crawford in the Best Interest of the Cowboys?

    Despite being with the for the better part of a decade, Tyrone Crawford's time in Dallas could be coming to an end here shortly. It may be in the best interest of the Cowboys to go ahead and cut ties with the veteran in order to do what's best for the team.

    Make no mistake though, if the Cowboys decide to part ways with Tyrone Crawford it would strictly be a business move, not at all based on performance. values Crawford's versatility to play defensive or defensive end, but with a plethora of younger/cheaper options currently on the roster it's very possible to think we've seen the last of No. 98 wearing .

    Salary Cap Relief?

    Tyrone Crawford's current contract is a big reason why the Cowboys could part ways with the veteran. He scheduled to count $10.1 million against the , making him the highest paid defensive player not named on the team. Does his on-field production justify such an expense?

    If the Cowboys part ways with No. 98 it would result in $4.2 million in dead money, but they'd save $5.9 million in cap relief. $4.2 million is still a lot of money to swallow, but the added $5.9 million can be utilized somewhere else. Maybe towards a for , , or . Or, on an upgrade not currently on the roster.

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    The fact the Dallas Cowboys haven't parted ways with Tyrone Crawford this far into the likely means his job is pretty safe, but nothing is 100% guaranteed right now. After all, Crawford is still on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. With him watching from the sideline it's providing opportunities for other players to stand out and several of them are doing just that

    Current Options to Replace Tyrone Crawford

    If the salary cap relief from parting ways with Tyrone Crawford isn't convincing enough for the Dallas Cowboys, maybe the talent they've put together along the becomes the deciding factor. There are currently several younger and cheaper options on the roster who have stood out in offseason practices and in .

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    Crawford's ability to play DT or DE has been invaluable during his time with the Cowboys, so replacing him with such a player seems the most logical solution. Luckily, Dallas has a few of those kind of players already on the roster. , , and even have all played a little DE and DT in preseason, and have done so pretty well. All three are younger and cheaper as well.

    If you take versatility out of the equation there are still plenty of options to consider. DTs like , , and fit into the equation as well as DEs , , , and if/when reinstated. As you can see, there is no shortage of options to replace any production lost by parting ways with Tyrone Crawford.

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    Now don't take all of this as me trying to get rid of Tyrone Crawford. That's not the case at all. I'm just trying to draw attention to what might be in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys moving forward. They have several younger and cheaper options on the team who they may have to cut ties with to get under the league mandated . It might be in the best interest of the team to keep the younger talent and part ways with Crawford instead.

    All of this is speculation of course. There has been no mention of moving on from No. 98 and the fact he's still around suggests his job is likely safe. But, his 2019 contract doesn't become completely guaranteed until after of the regular season. The Dallas Cowboys still have time to discuss this option and the ramifications, whether good or bad, from making such a big move.

    What do you think? Should Dallas part ways with Tyrone Crawford?

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    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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    Mike Johnson Jr.

    He came off the PUP list already ……and his production has NEVER lived up to his contract. But they are not going to cut him this year. Next year I would say very likely he is released so they can make a run at Collins long term. They should be doing that right now because I think he is about to bust out.

    Ben Archibald

    I like Tyrone but he’s expensive. The DL has some young and cheap depth pieces that other teams might try to poach. Kerry Hyder and Robert Quinn can more than take up the slack. Maybe they can package Taco and Crawford for some missing depth pieces like a 3rd RB/ Back up QB and a pick.

    cornstalkwalker

    I see no reason you would do it this season when it would only be a 1 mil in dead cap next season and you’d save 8 mil next year. The Cowboys are not hurting for cap space this season.

    James Barber

    The only major advantage I can see in doing it now, is using the savings this year (though minimal) and the savings next year to resign M Collins. Plus they can protect one of the guys that they would otherwise have to place on the practice squad and hope they don’t get poached. I am a HUGE Crawford fan, as I appreciate he gives up some of his stats to do the dirty work people don’t appreciate or see on the stats. But given all that, I think move now BEFORE he suffers another injury that could devalue his stock. Develop our rookies through rotational play and reap the benefits in the upcoming years.

    Lous8

    often injured and the production isn’t that great for what hes being paid. he can easily
    be replaced. Or just ask him to take a pay cut

    EverybodyTalks

    Tyrone Crawford is quite possibly the most versatile D-lineman. Definitely expensive, but I don’t see how you can take his versatility out of the equation. Tyrone can play any position along the D-line and that helps fill several positions that would be filled individually. I’d keep him for this year.