Dallas Gets Help on Defense


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Today, the Dallas Cowboys just landed a bargain in former Eagle, Cedric Thornton. Thornton will receive a four-year deal, according to Mike Garafolo and worth a big $18 mil, according to Rand Getlin. The Eagles re-signed most of their big defensive linemen like Curry and Cox, that leaves Thornton as the odd man out. Do not forget Bennie Logan is there too.

Furthermore, the 27-year-old defensive end will transition most likely as a defensive tackle in Dallas as they play a 4-3 than a 3-4. Thornton is a solid run stopper that records lots of tackles and has yet to reach his potential in the pass rushing department as it shows that he has only recorded 4 career sacks and only one per season in each of his 4 seasons in Philadelphia, which will change since he is in his natural position and scheme, but expect the Cowboys to move him around the line. Thornton on paper looks like the starter alongside Tyrone Crawford with Nick Hayden moving towards the bench and being one of the man rotational guys.

Finally, Thornton is the Cowboys second move of the off-season. Re-signing Rolando McClain was first and now they are trying to build a good front seven like they had in the 2014 campaign. Cowboys are sneaking around with their limited cap space and are doing fine.

Grade: B+

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