1. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE
When the Dallas Cowboys threw language in Randy Gregory's contract extension ahead of the 2022 season, the former second-round pick felt betrayed. He decided to back out of the agreement to stay with the team that stuck by him since 2015 and then signed a multi-year deal with the Denver Broncos.
Shortly after this went down, the Cowboys re-signed Dorance Armstrong for a fraction of what Gregory was going to get paid. They were then mocked when Stephen Jones said Armstrong (who had 5.0 sacks in 2021 compared to 6.0 for Gregory) was close in production. He was clearly right, but Armstrong didn't have the name recognition, so it was assumed this claim was ridiculous.
Now two years later, it's clear that Jones undersold Armstrong and everyone else oversold Gregory. Armstrong had 8.5 sacks in 2022 and followed that up with 7.5 this ytear. As for Grgeory, he appeared in 10 games over the first year and a half in Denver and had a mere 3.0 sacks. He was traded to the 49ers early in the 2023 season and had 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks for them.
All that was great for Dallas but it could lead to a problem with Armstrong set for free agency. With 16 sacks over the past two seasons, he could be in line for a pay raise and the Commanders — who are in desperate need of defensive ends — could not only offer him more money, but more playing time as well.