The Dallas Cowboys still have time to add to the roster, and an NFL reporter is listing a Kansas City Captain’s defender as a player Dallas “must consider.”
The Cowboys have an interesting situation at defender, as Micah Parsons has established himself as a star, but not a true defender due to his rushing passing responsibilities. Elsewhere, the free agent signed to Devante Bond will make his debut in the 2022 season after signing in late December and Jabril Cox is recovering from a torn ACL in Week 8 of 2021.
For Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, the Dallas defender situation needs a boost. In terms of a sensible and familiar option, Knox is listing Anthony Hitchens as an ideal free agent to sign this summer.
Knox wrote: “The depth of the Cowboys paver is questionable. “And they didn’t draft a pawn until putting Damone Clark in the fifth round. Hitchens is worth a look, as Dallas continues to differentiate what it has on the second level. “
Obviously, the Cowboys and Hitchens are familiar with each other, but quite a bit has changed since last playing for Dallas in 2017. Still, the Hitchens have checked a lot of boxes if the Cowboys need one more lineback in 2022.
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Hitchens became key to the chiefs
From 2014 to 2017, Hitchens was a mainstay in the Cowboys defence, playing more than 50% of Dallas’ defensive saves in 60 appearances, according to Pro Football Reference. First, as a domestic defender, Hitchens developed a knack for chasing the ball and reading plays.
His final season in Dallas in 2017 was his strongest, despite missing four regular games of the season. His 59 solos that season were the second-highest in his four years with the Cowboys, and he added one more forced fumbling, two defensive passes and nine top tackles in the season. career.
Hitchens’ play earned him a five-year, $45 million deal with Kansas City, according to Spotrac. His first season with the Chiefs in 2018 saw the Iowa product crack more than 100 tackles combined for the first time, amassing a total of 135.
Over four years with the Chiefs, Hitchens missed just six games, starting each of which he appeared in 59 starts. However, Kansas City has set itself up to underwrite Hitchens’ five-year deal, and the Directors chose to release the pavers this past spring to save $8.44 million in space. limit.
Cowboys can land LB on the cheap
An important part of Knox’s argument for Hitchens being appropriate is his price. Full-backs aren’t a high-priced item this season, and Knox mentions Minnesota Vikings star Jordan Hicks only gets $5 million a year this season.
While the Hitchens command over $9 million a year while with the Chiefs, Knox thinks half that price could send the 30-year-old back to Dallas.
Knox wrote: “Dallas will be able to bring Hitchens back with a deal in the range of $4-5 million. “Leave enough flexibility to add a player like Suh or expand another key contributor — franchise-tagged Dalton Schultz could be a contender there.”
Dallas needs to preserve at least some of their limited space, but with an estimated $21.1 million available, a $4-5 million commitment is out of the question. Now it’s just a matter of whether the Cowboys feel the need to add a paver before collapsing.
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