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Will New Coaches Help Cowboys DT Christian Covington Get New Contract?

After a one-year stop in Dallas, may be headed back into in 2020. But the 's and versatility could be especially valuable to the Cowboys' new staff, and thus could make it even easier for him to get a new contract.

Covington was signed last year to provide some experienced depth. He played out his rookie contract in Houston as a 3-4 , but the Cowboys used him at in their 4-3 scheme.

With and holding down the starting spots, Covington was limited to backup and rotation duty until Woods went out with a knee . Christian started six games with more focus on stopping the run and gap control, so less opportunities to go after the .

I mention that because, with only one sack last year, Covington could be easily dismissed as an asset now. But considering he had 3.5 in just 12 games in 2018, there's clearly some pass-rushing ability that Dallas may not have been tapping into.

That said, even with Maliek Collins likely leaving as a , last year's 2nd-round pick is expected to step into that role.

Covington could indeed return as a versatile backup to Hill and Woods, capable of playing in either's role in the 4-3 scheme. But what may really increase Christian's value to Dallas in 2020 is his previous experience in the .

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The change from to Mike Nolan as Cowboys defensive coordinator could bring some new ways for a player like Christian Covington to be utilized. Nolan has traditionally preferred the 3-4 scheme for his defenses.

Nolan and new Coach have both stated that the Cowboys would have a flexible scheme, doing what's best for the players rather than trying to fit players into a certain design. But even if Dallas only wants to go to a 3-4 look sometimes, having a guy with Covington's experience would be quite useful.

If Dallas doesn't decide to hang on to , who spent one year as a 3-4 DE when he joined the Cowboys, then Covington could wind up being their only lineman with 3-4 experience in 2020.

Also potentially making Covington attractive to Dallas should be a low asking price in free agency. Christian got a one-year, $2.5 million deal last season and didn't do enough to ask for more now.

So between that modest compensation and his scheme versatility, Christian Covington is clearly a player that Dallas could hope to bring back in 2020. It likely wouldn't be for anything more than a backup role, but that was the case last year and he nearly started half the season due to .

Winning seasons tend to happen thanks to quality depth. Hopefully for Covington's sake, the Cowboys seem him as such an asset.

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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