2. Jerry Hughes, Edge, Buffalo Bills
If the front office wants the bargain bin, not-as-helpful option for an edge rusher, Jerry Hughes is a great choice. Hughes will be entering his 13th year in the NFL in 2022 at an impressive 34 years old. His age is likely a reason that teams aren’t chomping at the bit to sign him immediately. However, the long-time Buffalo Bill would be an excellent depth addition to the defensive end group for the Cowboys. If Dallas is looking for more bodies at the position so that Micah Parsons can play around the defense, adding Hughes could be an affordable backup option.
Expectations have to be realistic though. Hughes isn’t producing the way that he used to and his snap counts are certainly lower than in his younger years. However, he is still great at terrorizing quarterbacks and making his presence known. And, despite his age, Hughes has remained on the field when needed. Not only is he the longest-tenured player on the Bills, but he also has never missed a game due to injury in his nine years with Buffalo.
Another plus for the Cowboys is that the Bill is a Texas native who played collegiate football at TCU. Again, this would be the bargain option. Spotrac predicts that the edge rusher could make a two-year contract worth just over $6 million. So, you may be losing some snaps, but you’re paying significantly less.