Chris Canty was progressing nicely. He had a nice year and was showing signs of becoming what the Cowboys had believed he would be – a solid 3-4 defensive end. He was not, however, worth six years and $42 mil ($17+ guaranteed). At least, not to the Cowboys, who have other fish to fry (and gaping holes to fill).
Enter Igor, a blast from Head Coach Phillips’ past. Igor Olshansky is a freakish athlete, chiseled from stone, and the best available 3-4 defensive end in the sans-Canty free agent market. He played under Phillips at San Diego, so there is familiarity with the system.
Here are some of the 26 year old’s career numbers, according to DallasCowboys.com:
- He has started in 70 of 75 career games
- He has recorded 187 tackles
- He has 11 sacks to his credit
- Last season, he accounted for 54 tackles and two sacks
Last year, Canty had 37 tackles and three sacks. Those are respectable numbers. They are not irreplaceable. Who knows? Igor the Terrible might even be an upgrade…which isn’t often the case when you shop blue light specials! He will only cost the ‘Boys $18 mil for four years, with around $8 mil guaranteed.
It isn’t like Jones to scrounge around in the bargain basement, but he did this time…and he found a deal.