Dallas Cowboys Roster: End Of Year Breakdown And Evaluation

Defensive Tackle

Cedric Thornton – 3 years remaining on a 4-year, $17 million deal
Maliek Collins – 3 years remaining on a 4-year, $3.55 million deal
David Irving – Exclusive rights free agent
David Ash – Exclusive rights free agent
Terrell McClain – Unrestricted free agent

David Irving, Buccaneers
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Evaluation: Terrell McClain is the only defensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys that will not be returning next season, but there is a slight possibility he could be back on a short-term deal.

Finally healthy, McClain had a really solid season in the middle the Cowboys defensive line and that’s the reason why I could see him possibly returning.

Cedric Thornton was last year’s big free agent signing in the off-season. He didn’t have as big of an impact as many of us would have liked, but with a year of experience in Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme, he should only get better.

Maliek Collins performed so well as a rookie it allowed the Cowboys to move Tyrone Crawford to defensive end and help with the pass rush. Collins could be the starter at the 3-tech next season, but I expect a healthy competition between him and Crawford.

David Irving continues to show flashes that he can be a dominating player in the NFL, but he really needs to become a much more consistent player if he wants to see more playing time. The Cowboys hold his rights this year, so don’t expect him to go anywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to work out a contract extension with him this off-season.

The defensive tackle position could use some depth, but overall is a solid group.

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by 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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