FRISCO, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys will not be taking Leighton Vander Esch’s fifth-year pick in 2022, according to his agent Ron Slavin, who will make the 2018 first round select unlimited free agents after the upcoming season.
Van der H’s injury record is the biggest cause.He has missed 13 games over the past two seasons, starting with a neck injury that required surgery in 2019 and cost him seven games. He missed six games in 2020 due to a broken collarbone. If the Cowboys choose this option, $ 9.1 million will be fully guaranteed.
Before formally deciding to reject the option, Executive Vice President Stephen Jones said at the draft weekend that the team would still want Van der H beyond 2021if not adding a fifth but going up. Based on his way of playing
Vander Esch’s best season came as a rookie when he was nominated for the Pro Bowl after the Cowboys picked him number 19.Overall, he has a record of 176 franchise tackles in 2018, including 19. Times with the Philadelphia Phillies He also had the pressure of five defenders, six interceptions and two interceptions.
Some teams were concerned about his health leaving Boise State. But the Cowboys took advantage of this opportunity. However, he sustained a neck injury in a clash with teammates in a 2019 battle and had surgery to alleviate nerve problems. Then, at the opening of last season, he sustained a fractured collarbone in the first quarter.
The Cowboys had line keeper Jaylon Smith under contract until 2025, but they were able to get out of his deal from the standpoint of the highest salary without much of a problem.In this year’s NFL draft, the Cowboys have chosen defensive players. Micah Parsons in the first round, but they believe his versatility will allow them to use all three players at the same time. The Cowboys also drafted Jabril Cox, who played the LSU line in the fourth round.
Van der H was the third first-round pick without his option picked by the Cowboys because a rookie pay system was introduced.Morris Claiborne, 2012’s first-round pick, signed the clause. Agreed one year with the Cowboys after the 2015 season and the first round of Taco Charlton in 2017 was released in 2019.