Tied to acclaimed top rushers in free agency, the Cowboys made their way to the position on Friday. They sign the former top five pick ESPN.com’s Dante Fowler, Todd Archer reports (on Twitter).
This will reunite Fowler with Dan Quinn, who was the head coach at Atlanta when Fowler signed with the Falcons in 2020. The two didn’t stay together long, with the Falcons firing Quinn earlier this season. This is a larger partnership. It’s a one-year contract, according to Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com (on Twitter).
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Fowler’s production has yo-yoed over his seven-year career. He helped the Jaguars’ “Sacksonville” defense reach the 2017 AFC Championship Game and was a Super Bowl LIII starter for the Rams, after a mid-season trade. Fowler timed his first year of contract well, producing 11.5 sacks alongside Aaron Donald in 2019. This led to a big deal with the Falcons, which the team eventually came to regret.
Fowler has played in 14 games in each of the last two seasons, but hasn’t topped 4.5 sacks either. The Falcons adjusted his three-year contract and released him earlier this offseason, allowing an early trip to the market for a player who was already on track for free agency. The Cowboys’ point plans changed abruptly this week, when Randy Gregory walked away from a deal due to guarantee-forfeiture clause in his contract. Gregory is now in Denver. Cowboys prosecuted So did Von Miller, but a big offer from the Bills steered the future Hall of Famer west to New York.
Pairing with By Marcus Lawrence and Micah Parsons represents an excellent opportunity for Fowler to restore his value in his 28-year-old season. After his two years in Atlanta, the former No. 3 overall pick is running out of time to do so.