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  • Cardinals' Carlos Watkins: Reaches deal with Cardinals

    Watkins signed with the Cardinals on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Watkins, who has had the offseason to rebound from a calf injury he sustained in the divisional round of the playoffs, is a six-year veteran and has played for both the Texans and Cowboys. Last year in Dallas, he tallied 26 total tackles across 12 games and 270 defensive snaps. He figures to occupy a rotational role along the defensive line with his new team.
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  • Cowboys' Johnathan Hankins: Returning to Dallas

    Hankins agreed to a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Jordan Schultz of TheScore.com reports. After he was acquired from the Raiders last October, Hankins appeared in five games and took 107 snaps on defense for Dallas, finishing with 10 tackles. Hankins is likely to garner a similar rotational role in 2023, but Dallas may add more pieces to its defensive line this offseason.
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  • Cowboys' Takkarist McKinley: Inks one-year deal with Dallas

    McKinley agreed to a one-year deal with Dallas on Wednesday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports. McKinley was cut by the Rams in mid-October and signed a practice-squad deal with Dallas a month later. He didn't make any appearances for the Cowboys down the stretch, but he appears to have made enough of an impression in practices to get a chance to compete for a roster spot in 2023. The 2017 first-round pick recorded 16.5 sacks over his first three seasons in Atlanta, but he has just 3.5 across the past three campaigns.
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  • Cowboys' Dante Fowler: Staying in Dallas

    Fowler re-signed with the Cowboys on a one-year deal Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports. Fowler will stay in Dallas for next season after registering 27 tackles (22 solo) and six sacks last year despite playing just 329 defensive snaps, the second-lowest mark of his career. The 28-year-old served as a rotational pass rusher behind DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong and Micah Parsons in 2022 and will likely have a similar role for the upcoming campaign.
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  • Cowboys' C.J. Goodwin: Signs with Dallas

    Goodwin and the Cowboys agreed to a contract Friday. Goodwin has spent the last five seasons with the Cowboys and will now be returning for a sixth. The cornerback played exclusively on the special-teams unit in 2022, recording eight tackles and forcing a fumble. He'll likely slot into a similar role once again in 2023.
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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Staying in Dallas

    Vander Esch is set to re-sign a two-year deal with $11 million with the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Vander Esch missed three games last year and 17 games over the past four seasons, but he's been a strong run defender for the Cowboys. Although he's never come close to matching the 140 tackles he had as a rookie, the 90 stops he posted in 2022 represented the second-best season of his career. Going into his age-27 season, he'll remain an anchor for the team at middle linebacker.
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  • Cowboys' Donovan Wilson: Agrees to re-sign with Dallas

    Wilson agreed Tuesday to re-sign with the Cowboys on a three-year deal worth up to $24 million with $13.5 million guaranteed, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Wilson bounced back from an injury-plagued 2021 and posted a career-best campaign in 2022, totaling 101 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception across 17 regular-season appearances. The 2019 sixth-round pick parlayed his strong play into a sizable payday and should be a quality IDP option again in 2023. Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker (thumb) are both under contract through 2023, but as long as Wilson is healthy, he should be able to carve out a solid role in Dallas' stacked secondary.
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  • Texans' Kendall Sheffield: Signs with Houston

    The Texans signed Sheffield on Friday. Sheffield was selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2019 draft and appeared in 38 contests over three seasons before being waived following the 2021 campaign. He was claimed by Houston in May but let go in October and remained a free agent for the remainder of the season. He'll get another chance to spend time with Houston during the offseason and compete for a roster spot heading into training camp.
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  • Cowboys' Malik Jefferson: Signs new deal with Dallas

    Jackson signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday. Jefferson joined Dallas last offseason and failed to appear in a game during the 2022 campaign, but he'll have another shot to secure an active roster spot in 2023. The 26-year-old has operated mostly as a special-teams option over his five-year professional career.
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  • Cowboys' Damone Clark: Flashes potential in second half

    Clark recorded 47 tackles (29 solo) and two forced fumbles over 10 regular-season games in 2022. A fifth-round pick in 2022, the LSU star saw his draft stock drop precipitously after an MRI at the combine turned up a herniated disc that required spinal fusion surgery. There was talk Clark might essentially redshirt his first pro campaign, but he made a quick recovery and was able to suit up for the Cowboys by Week 8. The 22-year-old still showed elite speed after his return, and with Leighton Vander Esch and Anthony Barr both free agents this offseason, Clark could move into a starting role in the Dallas defense next season.
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  • Cowboys' Anthony Barr: Minimal impact in Dallas

    Barr recorded 58 tackles (35 solos) including one sack, with one pass defended and two fumble recoveries, over 14 regular-season games in 2022. The 30-year-old linebacker missed three games in the middle of the season with a hamstring injury, but he didn't move the needle much when he was healthy, and his season high in a game was only seven tackles, a figure he reached three times. Barr will be a free agent again this offseason, and with younger options Damone Clark and Jabril Cox pushing for snaps in Dallas, the veteran may have to head elsewhere if he wants anything more than a rotational role in 2023.
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  • Cowboys' Malik Hooker: Undergoes thumb procedure

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that Hooker recently underwent thumb surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports. Per Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hooker's latest procedure was to address a dislocated thumb, which he likely sustained during Dallas' loss to the 49ers in the divisional round. The 26-year-old is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program without any limitations.
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  • Cowboys' Luke Gifford: Gets core-muscle surgery

    Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday that Gifford recently underwent core-muscle surgery, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports. Including the postseason, Gifford played in all but one of the Cowboys' 19 games in 2022, seeing most of his playing time on special teams. It's unclear to what extent the core-muscle injury may have affected his performance, but after getting surgery, Gifford will now aim to make a full recovery by the time Dallas' offseason program begins.
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  • Cowboys' DaRon Bland: Emerges as ballhawk

    Bland recorded 54 tackles (38 solo) with five interceptions on seven passes defended across 17 regular-season games in 2022. An unheralded fifth-round pick out of Fresno State in the 2022 NFL Draft, Bland played exclusively on special teams for the first three games of the season until injuries began to open up snaps for him on defense. The 23-year-old cornerback seized his first opportunity by intercepting Carson Wentz in Week 4, and by the second half of the year he was a fixture in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's secondary, grabbing four picks in a four-game stretch between Weeks 13 and 16. Bland also made an impact in the playoffs with 18 tackles in the Cowboys' two postseason contests. Trevon Diggs is locked into one starting spot on the outside for Dallas, but Bland figures to head into 2023 either lined up opposite Diggs in place of free agent Anthony Brown (Achilles) or replacing Jourdan Lewis (foot) in the slot.
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  • Cowboys' Trevon Diggs: Only three picks in 2022

    Diggs recorded 59 tackles (50 solo) and three interceptions on 14 passes defended, plus a forced fumble, over 17 regular-season games in 2022. The third-year cornerback wasn't able to repeat his turnover magic from the year before, when he turned 21 passes defended into an incredible 11 INTs, but Diggs also allowed 349 fewer passing yards and 2.6 fewer yards per attempt in coverage. With one more year remaining on his rookie contract, the Cowboys may look to lock up their No. 1 corner with an extension this offseason, but if not he'll be playing in 2023 for a free-agent payday the following spring.
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  • Cowboys' Jayron Kearse: Takes step back in 2022

    Kearse recorded 77 tackles (55 solo), including two sacks, while adding five passes defended with an interception, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble across 14 regular-season games in 2022. The veteran safety posted strong numbers, but they paled in comparison to his 101-tackle campaign from the year before. Instead, it was Donovan Wilson who took a lead role in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's scheme among Cowboys safeties, with Kearse and Malik Hooker delivering more modest IDP production. Wilson is a free agent this offseason, however, and if he heads elsewhere, Kearse again could be in a position to take a run at triple-digit tackles in 2023.
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  • Cowboys' Malik Hooker: Puts together solid season

    Hooker recorded 62 tackles (44 solo) with three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown over 16 regular-season games in 2022. The 26-year-old safety stayed mostly healthy, missing only a Week 8 contest against the Bears due to a hamstring strain, and as a result Hooker put together the most productive season of his career. The Cowboys' trio of safeties (Hooker, Donovan Wilson and Jayron Kearse) all posted strong numbers in coordinator Dan Quinn's defense, but with Wilson a free agent and potentially headed elsewhere, Hooker could see an increased workload in 2023.
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  • Cowboys' Donovan Wilson: Career-best campaign

    Wilson recorded 101 tackles (77 solo), including five sacks, across 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added two passes defended with one interception, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The fourth-year safety had trouble staying healthy in 2021, but he avoided injuries the following year and emerged as a true IDP star in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's aggressive scheme. It was a good time for Wilson to post career highs in tackles and sacks, too, as he's an unrestricted free agent this offseason. The Cowboys have some depth at safety with both Jayron Kearse and Malik Hooker under contract through 2023, but the team may make re-signing Wilson a priority given how good a fit he is for Quinn's defense.
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  • Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Puts together strong campaign

    Vander Esch recorded 90 tackles (54 solo), including one sack, with one pass defended and one forced fumble over 14 regular-season games in 2022. The 26-year-old linebacker once again dealt with some neck issues, missing the final three games of the regular season due to a pinched nerve, but he returned for the playoffs and racked up 20 tackles across the Cowboys' two postseason contests. The late absences cost Vander Esch a chance to hit triple-digit tackles for the second time in his career, but it still was a good season overall. After playing 2022 under a one-year, $2 million prove-it deal, Vander Esch may have done enough to earn a bigger payday this offseason, whether from Dallas or another team.
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  • Cowboys' Dante Fowler: Solid in rotational role

    Fowler recorded 27 tackles (22 solo), including six sacks, over 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added two passes defended and two forced fumbles. The 28-year-old was the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Fowler has rarely looked the part during his time in the league. He seemed more comfortable in a complementary role during his first year with Dallas, letting Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence grab the headlines while he posted the third-highest sack total of his career. Fowler will hit free agency again this offseason after playing on a one-year, $3.0 million contract in 2022, but with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn returning to the Cowboys, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the defensive end also re-sign, albeit perhaps with a modest raise.
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