3. Dorance Armstrong, EDGE
Stephen Jones took a lot of heat when he suggested the Cowboys would be fine after losing Randy Gregory to the Broncos since they re-signed Dorance Armstrong. Jones said the two were close in terms of production and he was 100 percent correct. However, Gregory has a more recognizable name, so fans were shocked at such a comment.
What Jones didn't really dive into was the fact that Armstrong not only put up similar numbers but he was also more durable. That was the case once again in 2022 as he played in all 17 games for Dallas and recorded 33 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Gregory, on the other hand, missed 11 games and finished with 12 tackles, and 2.0 sacks in six games.
For 2022 at least, Dallas appears to have won this one — even if it only happened due to their own blunders. But the only question is whether or not Armstrong sticks around long-term.
The Cowboys have a rather loaded stable of pass rushers including Micah Parsons, DeMarcus Lawrence, Dante Fowler, Armstrong, and second-year player Sam Williams. They also added Viliami Fehoko in the draft and Ben Banogu recently when the Indianapolis Colts moved on. Throw in the fact that Chauncey Golston can play end and tackle and there's a lot of depth there.
Should Armstrong put up similar numbers in 2023, he's going to price himself out of town. Dallas would love to keep him but if he earns a big contract, they're going to let him walk and turn to their younger options.