Cowboys re-signing Leighton Vander Esch

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The Cowboys could not retain free-agent edge rusher Randy Gregory. But they have kept one of their other defensive free agents.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, Dallas is re-signing linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a one-year deal.

Vander Esch reportedly was drawing interest from a few other teams, including the Patriots, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.

But Vander Esch has elected to go back to the organization that drafted him with the 19th overall pick of the 2018 draft.

Vander Esch had a strong rookie year, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl with 140 total tackles, a pair of interceptions, and seven passes defensed. After dealing with injuries in 2019 and 2020, he had a healthy 2021 campaign. Vander Esch totaled 77 tackles with an interception and two pass breakups while playing 58 percent of Dallas’ defensive snaps.

6 responses to “Cowboys re-signing Leighton Vander Esch

  1. Turned out to be a bust. Dallas wisely didn’t pick up his 5th year option and now he’s back on a (presumably) cheaper deal.

  2. If he had been able to stay healthy he could have scored a really nice contract this year. I like his skillset. He reminds me of London Fletcher. But Fletcher never missed games (literally).

  3. Started slow last year, but really played well down the stretch… hope that is the LVE they continue to get.

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