FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys won’t select up Leighton Vander Esch‘s fifth-year possibility in 2022, in keeping with his agent, Ron Slavin, which is able to make the 2018 first-round select an unrestricted unfastened agent after the approaching season.
Damage is the largest explanation why. Vander Esch ignored 13 video games the final two seasons, together with a neck damage that required surgical procedure in 2019 and value him seven video games. He ignored six video games in 2020 as a result of a damaged collarbone. If the Cowboys picked up the choice, the $nine.1 million would had been totally assured.
Ahead of formally deciding to say no the choice, govt vice chairman Stephen Jones stated right through draft weekend the workforce would nonetheless love to stay Vander Esch past 2021 if they didn’t upload the 5th 12 months, however that depends upon how he performs.
Vander Esch’s best possible season used to be as a rookie when he used to be named to the Professional Bowl after the Cowboys decided on him No. 19 general. He had a franchise rookie file 176 tackles, together with 19 towards the Philadelphia Eagles. He additionally had 5 quarterback pressures, six go breakups and two interceptions.
Some groups had been considering his well being popping out of Boise State, however the Cowboys took the risk. He suffered an injured neck in an ungainly collision with a teammate on a take on and had surgical procedure to relieve a nerve factor. In final 12 months’s season opener, alternatively, he suffered a damaged collarbone within the first quarter.
The Cowboys have linebacker Jaylon Smith below contract thru 2025, however they may be able to get out of his contract from a wage cap standpoint with out a lot of a topic. On this 12 months’s draft, the Cowboys decided on linebacker Micah Parsons within the first around, however imagine his versatility will permit them to make use of all 3 avid gamers at the box on the identical time. Within the fourth around, the Cowboys drafted LSU’s Jabril Cox.
Vander Esch is the 3rd first-round select through which the Cowboys have no longer picked up the choice for the reason that rookie pay gadget used to be installed position. Morris Claiborne, the 2012 first-round select, signed a one-year care for the Cowboys after the 2015 season, and 2017 first-rounder Taco Charlton used to be launched in 2019.