Cowboys give David Irving the second-round tender

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The Cowboys couldn’t afford to lose another key defensive piece, so they spent a little more money.

According to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys used the second-round tender on restricted free agent defensive tackle David Irving.

That will pay him $2.914 million this year, but he seems worth it. Since he was undrafted, the Cowboys couldn’t risk using the low tender on him, which would have allowed another team to sign him away without compensation.

Despite playing just eight games because of injury and suspension, he recorded seven sacks last season.

The Cowboys are losing linebacker Anthony Hitchens to the Chiefs, but used the franchise tag to retain defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

8 responses to “Cowboys give David Irving the second-round tender

  1. Cowboys fan- there’s rumors around that the Cowboys are hoping someone takes Irving off their hands. He’s a bit of a headache, some have suggested. At one point he stopped an entire practice while he and his teammates search the field for an expensive nipple ring that had fallen out… That’s gotta drive a coach insane.

  2. Dallas didn’t “spend a little more money” on Irving. As virtually everyone knows, the team was deciding between the second round tender and the FIRST round tender; the original round tender was never a consideration. If Dallas had wanted to make sure to retain Irving, it would have given him the first round tender and thereby “pay him more”. By giving him the second round tender, the team makes sure it either gets him for one more year (at a $2M savings) or gets a nice 2nd round pick for him.

  3. Irving has had flashes where he’s been an absolutely unstoppable beast. Then he has entire stretches of games where you forget he’s even on the team. He’s a bit of a strange guy too, and he’s already been suspended once. I don’t think a team will give up a 2nd round pick for him, but stranger things have happened though.

  4. brendafortheboyz says:
    March 14, 2018 at 10:15 am
    This is a major move for my Cowboys 😦 We are in salary cap Hell…
    Dallas could gain 15 million in cap space if they would dump
    Dez and Witten.

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