3. Dorance Armstrong
Dorance Armstrong was second on the team (behind Parsons) in sacks last season with 8.5, and the 26-year-old has been on a clear upward trajectory over the last couple of years.
With DeMarcus Lawrence getting up there in years and seeing his production fall off lately, Armstrong has all the opportunity in the world to be the future on the edge across from Parsons. Parsons is good enough to win through double teams, sure, but you really don't want to force your best player into a tougher spot than necessary. And Armstrong developing into a legitimate threat on the edge will go a long way toward keeping defenses honest.
This is another spot where getting the deal done now would really help, because we're probably about to see new career-best numbers for Armstrong this season.
He's got another year of experience and development under his belt, and now he'll also have the best defense surrounding him that he's ever played with. Diggs and Gilmore locking things down in coverage while Parsons commands the full attention of the opposing offensive line should do wonders for freeing up Armstrong, and it's not a stretch to say that he could hit double-digit sacks this season.
Let's get a deal done now, before we're priced out of the market to keep Armstrong in town.