Dallas Cowboys: Five key contract decisions for 2016

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Jun 16, 2015; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (98) takes a break during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Alongside Mincey, Tyrone Crawford was the standout defensive player for 2015. With 4 sacks, 29 quarterback hurries and 27 tackles fans saw what Crawford is capable of for the first time.

Drafted in 2012 from Boise State, Crawford was an ineffective cog in a poor Cowboys defense.

More was expected from the defensive tackle in 2013, but a torn Achilles ruled him out for the year. 2014 though, he exploded and is now one of the names fans are most eager to see again heading into the new year.

In 33 games as a Cowboy, Crawford has played right across the defensive line.

Heading into 2015 though he’s expected to make the 3-tech position his own.

"“Coach Marinelli found a spot he wants me to play. I definitely want to be that under tackle they want me to be and just be a force in there.” – Tyrone Crawford"

With his rookie deal set to expire in 2016, and Crawford just starting to show what he’s capable of he’s arguably going to be the name on the top the Cowboys list to renew.

A repeat of 2014 and he could be in for a massive pay day.

Another of Jason Garrett‘s right kind of guys it’s unlikely the Cowboys will let him get away.

"“He’s one of those players on the team that really kind of sets the pace for everyone. He’s a great practice player, he plays hard in the games, and I think he’s one of those guys that you point to as a coach and say, ‘Play the way he plays.'” – Jason Garrett"

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