1. Tarell Basham, EDGE
Dallas botched the Randy Gregory contract negotiations. There’s no other way to say that. A former second-round pick in 2015 that battled off-field issues, Gregory finally proved he was ready to make the most of his career but will be doing so with the Broncos after the Jones family tried to sneak in some contract language that upset Gregory.
With him gone, there’s a belief that the pass rush in Big D will be non-existent. However, that might not be the case. Instead, they could have too many players in Dallas after re-signing Dorance Armstrong, bringing in Dante Fowler, Jr. in free agency, and drafting Sam Williams in Round 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft. This is without even considering DeMarcus Lawrence — the leader of the group — and Chauncey Golston who was a Round 3 pick a year ago.
With all those players, it’s easy to forget about Tarell Basham, who was signed last season as a free agent. Basham, a third-round pick from 2017, spent the first four years of his career with the Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets before heading to Dallas in free agency ahead of the 2021 campaign.
He finished with 39 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Cowboys and has been one of the better-looking pass rushers on the team so far in the preseason. Still, he’s no lock to make this team. Having said that, it would be a shock to see Basham sit on the open market for long. Teams are always looking for pass rushers and he continues to prove he can be a productive player when given a chance.