This is nothing new for Cowboys fans. After receiving a monster six-year, $45.6 million contract extension back in September of 2015, defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford has never been able to live up to his salary. Is that Crawford’s fault? No.
The Cowboys clearly misevaluated Crawford’s potential and importance to the defense, jumping the gun with his extension. The 27-year old hasn’t become the player Dallas expected him to be, partially due to nagging injuries. And Crawford, who was supposed to be the lynchpin in Rod Marinelli’s defense as a three technique defensive tackle, has since been shuffled outside to defensive end.
With $21 million still to be paid out after this season, Crawford is a legit cap causality candidate if under performs this year. So, on top of the expectations his lofty salary already places on his shoulders, go ahead and add on the prospect of losing his job in Dallas as a motivator this season.
Tyrone Crawford is a case of an average to good player being paid like a great one. And at some point, the Dallas Cowboys will admit their mistake and cut their losses.