3 Cowboys players who could be one-and-done in 2023
By Jerry Trotta
1. Dante Fowler, DE
A year after former Falcons Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee followed Dan Quinn to Dallas, Fowler followed his former teammate’s lead.
While Fowler hasn’t been a world-beater playing opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, he’s been a serviceable addition to the defensive line.
In 15 games, the former No. 3 overall pick’s tallied five sacks, seven quarterback hits, seven tackles for loss, and 31 pressures. That’s really all you could ask for from a guy who’s been more bust than boom in his career.
Signed as a one-year rental after Randy Gregory’s contract fell apart, Fowler feels like a long shot to re-up his contract with the Cowboys.
At the end of the day, former fourth-rounder Dorance Armstrong has been more consistent and productive than Fowler. After signing a two-year deal as a free agent following a career year in 2021, Armstrong’s burst onto the scene to the tune of eight sacks, 14 QB hits, seven tackles for loss, and 37 pressures.
With Armstrong, Lawrence, and Micah Parsons under contract for 2022 — plus rookie Sam Williams expected to take on a bigger role as a sophomore, and Dan Quinn likely leaving for a head coaching gig — don’t be shocked if Fowler is one-and-done in Dallas.