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Cowboys Sign Chiefs LB to Replace Vander Esch, The cowboys believe that chiefs LB will perform more……

Cowboys to sign chiefs LB to replace Vander Esch? If Jerry Jones is true to his word of being “all in” in 2024, then fans should expect the Dallas Cowboys to be among the spenders in free agency.

After years of being prudent in the offseason, mostly building through the NFL Draft while typically bargain-shopping in free agency, the Cowboys claim they are looking to push all their chips to the middle of the table. With inside linebacker, offensive tackle, and running back all looking like areas of improvement for the Cowboys, they could solve some, if not all, in free agency. CBS Sports has Dallas addressing their need for an inside backer by signing Kansas City Chief Willie Gay Jr.

“Gay has now been a part of two title-winning defenses in K.C., even though his numbers have never been gaudy,” Cody Benjamin writes. “He’ll probably be among the most affordable of their homegrown free agents on this side of the ball, but even then, re-signing Drue Tranquill or leaning on Nick Bolton is probably more likely.”


So, with the projection of the Chiefs opting to re-sign Tranquill and Bolton over him, the site projects that Gay will move south and sign with the linebacker-needy Cowboys on a two-year deal worth $13 million.

The Cowboys were short on bodies at linebacker last season, losing Leighton Vander Esch to injury. Damone Clark, the former fifth-round pick, quickly became the most experienced starter at the second level of the Dallas defense.

At the same time, Markquese Bell, the converted safety listed at just 205 pounds, was his primary partner. While Clark and Bell held their own in pass coverage, as Pro Football Focus graded Bell at an eye-popping 87.6 and Clark at 69.1, the loss of Vander Esch was felt most against the run. That’s the strength of Gay’s game, according to PFF, who rated his run defense grade at 71.3 last season.

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