2. Dorance Armstrong
We considered a plethora of players for this spot, but Armstrong ultimately won out because of his 2023 cap hit. According to Over the Cap, Armstrong will account for $7.25 million this season. Believe it or not, that's the seventh-highest hit on the team.
Only Dak Prescott, DeMarcus Lawrence, Zack Martin, Stephon Gilmore and Tony Pollard have greater cap hits than Armstrong. While $7.25 million isn't a king's ransom, it's a big number for the third or fourth pass rusher on the depth chart.
Yes, Armstrong is a core special teamer and can kick inside on passing downs, but his 2022 production was wildly lopsided.
The former fourth-round pick finished with 8.5 sacks, but he recorded just a half-sack over the final six games ... while Dallas was fighting tooth and tail to catch the Eagles in the NFC East. Three of those sacks came in the final 11 games, so a lot of Armstrong's production happened early in the schedule.
Armstrong is a good player and the Cowboys are better with him on the roster, but it's a little flustering that he has a bigger cap hit and salary than Jayron Kearse, Donovan Wilson, CeeDee Lamb (for obvious reasons), Trevon Diggs, Leighton Vander Esch and Malik Hooker.