NFL free agency 2022: Best edge rushers available

Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals, Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans. (USA TODAY)
Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals, Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans. (USA TODAY) /
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Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys
Randy Gregory, Dallas Cowboys. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

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Randy Gregory has to be the most intriguing pass rusher hitting the market

The talent has always been there, but he has not always been. Randy Gregory is coming off perhaps the best season of his NFL career with the 2021 Dallas Cowboys. Six sacks in 12 games and making a career-high 11 starts for America’s Team. While Gregory flourished in his first year playing for Dan Quinn, somebody could take a huge swing on the biggest gamble of free agency.

Gregory was a former second-round pick out of Nebraska by the Cowboys organization. Unfortunately, off-the-field issues in his early-to-mid-20s derailed his once-promising career. The good news is he is still young enough to be a productive player in this league. He may not ever be a 10-sack guy, but he has shown he can get you half-a-dozen playing in 75 percent of the games.

Are the Cowboys the front-runner to retain Gregory’s services? Absolutely. They drafted him and they have continued to believe in him every step of the way. Not only that but Quinn returns for a second year as coordinator and there is no state income tax in Texas. Of course, some bad team out there could drop a heaping sum of cash on his doorstep and see if he will pick that thing up.

No doubt about it, Gregory is the ultimate wild card when it comes to this year’s edge rusher class.