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REPORT: Cowboys Don’t Plan to Franchise Tag DE Randy Gregory

While he's arguably the top for the Cowboys in 2022, apparently won't be getting the typical star treatment. According to a yesterday, Dallas does not plan to use the this on Gregory.

This news comes on the heels of reports that the Cowboys are instead considering using the tag on . While Gregory is arguably more important to keep given his impact on the , the franchise tag for a DE is about $7 million higher than a TE this year.

This doesn't mean the Cowboys are more desperate to keep Schultz than Gregory. It's more of an accounting issue; retaining Schultz at $10.9 million is easier to work into the than a massive $17.9 million bump for Gregory.

Dallas is no doubt in talks with Randy about returning. After years of suffering through Gregory's and personal issues, he is finally delivering as the play-making pass rusher the team always knew he could be.

Though Gregory turns 30 this November, his suspensions have reduced the typical wear and tear and hopefully delayed the usual biological breakdown. Dallas is likely seeking a multi-year extension that will reduce Randy's cap hit from the franchise tag number and offer him some long-term security in return.

However, given his strong 2021 performance, Randy Gregory should command attention in this market. The Cowboys could be playing a dangerous game by letting him test that market.

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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Let them both walk. Absorb as much of a hit as possible this year to reduce cap hell going forward. Too many overpaid underperforming players on this team to do anything this year anyway. Dak, Zeke and Lawrence’s contracts are killing this team…they are average players getting paid like they are elite. Dak had a loaded team in 2021 and flopped with it…regardless of his empty stats. There is no sense pushing money to later years with restructured contracts. Use Dak’s remaining years to reset the team and get headed in the right direction again.

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Gregory isn’t worth that type of money. He may have less wear and tear, but 30 is 30. He isn’t in his physical prime anymore. You may get one more excellent year out of him, then be paying big for several average ones. He was horrible against the 49ers when we really needed him. Not to mention he isn’t strong against the run.

Pass rushes are always overpaid. Hopefully the cowboys won’t overpay for a soon to be 30 year old, who has only flashed in his career.


Gregory is a 30 year old who due to his own suspension and troubles has hardly played.
This last season was the first where Gregory was a starter.
Move on. He is not dependable.

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