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Exploring defensive line options after Quinn’s departure

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Exploring defensive line options after Quinn’s departure

It’s the lay of the land when you supposedly boast one of “the most talented rosters” in the NFL.

After watching former corner Byron Jones land a historic $82.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, Dallas lost another key defensive piece in Robert Quinn.

Quinn is headed to the Chicago Beats on a five-year deal worth $70 million, as reported by NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

Quinn had 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last season after being acquired from the Miami Dolphins in the offseason for a cheap sixth-round pick.

Ironically, Quinn’s week 14 performance against the Chicago Bears were one of the few where he failed to register a sack. However, his season-long showcasing opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence appeared enough for Chicago to lock him down for the next five years.

On the bright side, the Cowboys could possibly be rewarded a compensatory pick in the 2021 draft thanks to this deal.

Additionally, with the change in drug policy in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, there is hope Randy Gregory could return to their defense next season.

Future Options:

Olivier Vernon, Cleveland Browns

Browns defensive end Olivier Vernon came to the team last year as part of the trade that brought WR Odell Beckham to Cleveland. Vernon is under contract through 2020, but his future with the Browns is uncertain at the moment.

He posted just 3.5 sacks last season and is due a hefty $15.24 million salary next season. Mary Kay Cabot of says the Browns are not going to pay him that much, so he will either be released or asked to take a pay cut.

He could be another Quinn like story of a player finding redemption with another team.

Jabaal Sheard, Free Agent

A consistent 5.5 sack guy that should be on the cheap side seeing as how he has eclipsed the 30-year-old mark.

Ezekiel Ansah, Free Agent

Ezekiel Ansah is coming off of back-to-back down years have registered a 12-sack season in 2017. When we think of a low bargain-high reward for the Cowboys, he fits the mold. He has 2.5 sacks with the Seahawks last year and 4.5 in 2018.

Ansah offers a solid rotational piece on a team looking to cover its basis in free agency and reload in the draft.

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