Dallas Cowboys linebackers are cream of the NFC East crop

Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Jon Bostic #53, Washington Redskins, Dak Prescott #4, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Washington Redskins

Thomas Davis, Sr., Jon Bostic, Reuben Foster, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Cole Holcomb, Shaun Dion Hamilton

Washington clearly has the second-best group within the division. That statement goes both ways. On one hand, they definitively have better linebackers than Philadelphia or New York. On the other, they have way too many question marks to be considered for anything beyond that.

The additions of Davis and Foster instantly boost the team. Davis, a three-time Pro Bowler and former All-Pro in 2015 posted 112 tackles in 2019 at the age of 36. Can he be counted on to keep up that production while fighting Father Time? The odds are not in his favor, but even a normal dropoff would equate to a solid contributor.

Foster, meanwhile, is recovering from a gnarly knee injury that required surgery to both his ACL and MCL. Off-field issues, significant ones, in fact, helped make the 49ers decision an easy one to move on from the troubled but talented linebacker.

Bostic and Pierre-Louis represent decent veteran depth. They are also both on their fifth teams even though they have been in the league since 2013 and 2014 respectively. Holcomb, however, did have a really good rookie season, posting 105 tackles and three forced fumbles.