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Will DT Trysten Hill Make It to a 4th Season With Cowboys?

The Cowboys enjoyed big contributions from several recent draft picks last season. But while less-experienced players are already stepping up, 2019 2nd-Round pick hasn't really made his mark yet for the team. Will the young even make it to his fourth season in Dallas, or might he be released this ?

Hill struggled as a rookie, reportedly clashing with then- and having issues with effort and work ethic. He only played in seven games and was a healthy scratch most of the year.

Things were looking better in 2020 as Trysten, forced into a starting role by to and , started making some impact plays for the front line. Unfortunately, a torn ACL in Week 5 ended Hill's season quickly and delayed his debut last year.

In 2021, Hill was finally activated in November but was now a low man on the DT totem pole. Gallimore, veteran , and rookie had established their value and were now commanding the majority of the snaps.

All of this leaves Trysten in a precarious position for the . Gallimore and Odighizuwa are both ideal for the same 3-tech role up front that Hill is. Plus, with only one year left on his contract, Trysten's can be released for about $1.16 million in cap relief with only about $390k in dead money.

With the Cowboys trying to find space in their couch cushions this offseason, Hill may not see the end of his rookie contract.

Had Trysten shown more as a rookie and built on it in 2020 then Gallimore and Odighizuwa might not even be on the roster. Dallas has spent 3rd-Round picks in the last two drafts to add Neville and Osa, neither of whom might've been taken if Hill had been able to establish himself.

Now those guys have seemingly equal, if not superior, potential and more years left on their contracts. The Cowboys will hate giving up on a former 2nd-Round pick after just three years, but their cap situation and Trysten Hill's low production since joining team may not leave the much of a choice.

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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Jeff Tuggle

If he makes it another year we are in trouble. And Dallas is one of the worst when it comes to holding someone that they missed on. 2nd round pick or 7th round or Ufa is all the same, if he doesn’t get the job done let him go.

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