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NFL Free Agency Reunions for the Dallas Cowboys: Stephon Gilmore vs. Chidobe Awuzie?

Given that the team is essentially searching for a “extra” player at the position, two seasoned cornerbacks with ties to the Dallas Cowboys are set to explore NFL free agency. We wonder whether there are more than just one “known quantity” available for a reunion at The Star.

Now that Trevon Diggs, another cornerback, is recovering from an ACL tear, some regard it as “critical” that Gilmore, who is also undergoing treatment, be allowed to leave the team. However, Gilmore is currently a free agent. His courageous decision to play despite having a broken shoulder in the playoff loss to Green Bay says a lot about him.

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Nevertheless, it also implies that the 34-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year might not be ready for training camp.

Can we be certain that Dallas views “Gilly” as “critical” given that Diggs and DaRon Bland are under contract?

Now let’s take a closer look at Chidobe Awuzie’s recent activities.

After moving from Dallas to Cincinnati in 2021, Awuzie was a legitimate top corner. He appears to have been somewhat affected by the ACL tear he suffered a few years back. However, Awuzie is six years younger than Gilmore. He was also never a “star” despite being selected by the Cowboys in the second round in 2017 out of Colorado. Awuzie played as an ironman for the first four seasons he spent in Dallas before relocating to Cincinnati in 2021.

And during the initial year? In addition to having four career-high tackles for loss, 14 pass breakups, two interceptions, and 64 total tackles, he started 14 games. Then came an injury-related decline. However, the previous year?Awuzie contributed 57 total tackles, two tackles for loss, six pass breakups, a forced fumble, and 15 games played, 10 of which he started.

Awuzie never achieved the professional heights that Gilmore attained. But when the Cowboys put together a roster and revamp the defensive backfield, concerns related to age, injuries, and salary will arise. And perhaps after the NFL pays the two best players (Jaylon Johnson and Laurice Sneed), Awuzie will be able to enter a discourse that many believe is only about Gilmore because of the Cowboys’ insider knowledge of him.

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