Seven Dallas Cowboys who should be fired in 2018
Tyrone Crawford, Defensive End
I know. I know. Tyron Crawford has posted a pretty solid season in Dallas this year. And he appears to be a terrific leader in the locker room whose frequent bike rides with DeMarcus Lawrence have helped to propel them both this season.
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But Dallas made a major mistake signing Crawford to a massive six-year, $45.6 million deal back in 2015, before he had really earned it. And it’s time the Cowboys started getting out from underneath the weight of that massive contract.
Through 15 games this season, the 28-year old defensive end has recorded 26 total tackles and 4.0 sacks. And despite those low numbers, Crawford is in the Top Ten of the highest paid 4-3 defensive ends in the NFL.
Crawford isn’t a Pro Bowl player. He’s a fringe starter in Dallas. But he’s being paid like a future Hall of Famer. And this team needs to start using a portion of those monies to secure other, more worthy investments like Lawrence, linebacker Anthony Hitchens and guard Zack Martin.
If Crawford agrees to play for less, I’m sure Dallas would love to keep him. But as it stands right now, nothing about his play matches his contract. And it would be financially irresponsible to keep paying an average player All-Pro money.