Cowboys To Re-Sign T Chuma Edoga

The Cowboys’ partnership with Tyron Smith ended after 13 seasons, with the All-Decade tackle leaving for a Jets deal in free agency. Dallas is, however, keeping the decorated tackle’s primary 2023 backup.

Chuma Edoga is re-signing with the Cowboys, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweets. A one-year deal is expected. A former Jets third-round pick, Edoga started six games for the Cowboys last season. Primarily playing left tackle, Edoga worked as Smith’s injury replacement.

As the Cowboys transition from their talented but injury-prone starter, Edoga will give them a low-cost option. Though, the team will presumably intend to keep Edoga as a swingman. Though, he does offer some positional versatility.

Dallas used Edoga on 312 snaps at left tackle last season but also trotted him out at left guard on 101 plays. His return could give Dallas an inside option, with Tyler Smith — once viewed as the team’s left tackle of the future — still potentially in play to slide back outside. Tyler Smith has excelled at both guard and tackle as a pro. The younger Smith is still an option to take over at left tackle. That would obviously create a hole at left guard — a familiar situation for a Cowboys team that has lost Connor Williams and Connor McGovern in consecutive offseasons. The Cowboys did view Edoga as a better tackle than guard, per ESPN’s Todd Archer.

Edoga’s six starts were his most since his 2019 Jets rookie season. He fell out of favor with the Jets soon after, as GM Joe Douglas was not on board when he was drafted. This led him to the Falcons in 2022 via trade. He started one game with Atlanta. Last season, Pro Football Focus graded Edoga just outside the top 50 among tackles.

Set for his age-27 season, Edoga may have a chance to carve out a bigger role in 2024. The Cowboys have two holes along their starting O-line, with center starter Tyler Biadasz following Dan Quinn to Washington. The draft will represent a key avenue to upgrade, as the Cowboys have not been especially busy in free agency. Edoga, however, offers a bit of insurance as the team considers its options following the loss of its likely Hall of Fame-bound left tackle.

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