Cowboys 10 worst free agent additions in the last decade

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Cowboys, Kerry Hyder
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8. Kerry Hyder, EDGE, 2019

Kerry Hyder has had an up-and-down career since entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2014. He started out with the New York Jets but never made it past the practice squad. Then in 2015, the Detroit Lions have him a shot and he again was on the squad but found his way to the roster for one game.

By 2016, he was a regular contributor for the Lions, racking up 36 tackles and eight sacks. He then went completely silent.

For the next two seasons, he managed a total of 23 tackles and two sacks and was said to be a victim of circumstance. He was simply a poor fit for the scheme Matt Patricia was running.

Hyder then signed with the Cowboys in 2019 on a one-year deal. There were some hopes that he could be a rotational pass-rusher but he never got rolling for Dallas either. He did appear in 16 games but had just 17 tackles and one sack.

Oddly enough, he then went to the San Francisco 49ers where he had a resurgence. In 2020, Hyder had 49 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Again, he was on the move as he played for the Seattle Seahawks in 2021 before heading back to San Francisco. Over those two years, he has just 2.5 sacks.