Dallas Cowboys veterans: Tarell Basham, DE
Tarell Basham, 28, played a major role on the Cowboys defensive line last year. When too many inside players went down, Basham reduced inside and took snaps at DT. His inside/outside versatility played a big part in the Dallas Cowboys ability to survive losses making Basham one of the more underappreciated players on the team.
While Basham is consistent, he’s also unspectacular. His 627 snaps and 21 pressures were both the second most of his career but hardly above reproach. His 13.3 missed tackle percentage is the second year in row he’s been above 12%. It stands to reason, if a younger and cheaper player can challenge him in camp, he should be expendable.
Chauncey Golston is a second year player with strong draft pedigree who offers all the same qualities of Basham, at a fraction of the price. Golston is run stopper with quickness. He’s a hard worker and can play both end and tackle. And he’s over $2 million cheaper.
Golston was one of the Cowboys third round picks from 2021 who saw a fair amount of action as a rookie. He didn’t light up the stat sheet but rookies rarely do – especially ones who are more of base end than pass-rusher.
If Chauncey Golston can make his presence felt early, he could push Basham off the roster entirely.
Which one do you think will miss the cut?