The Cowboys are reportedly willing to let Randy Gregory walk for the same amount of money that he was projected to make this season. Contracts have not been finalized between player and team, but rumors indicate a deal will be done soon.

The “randy gregory” is a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys reportedly want Gregory to take a ‘hometown discount’.

The Cowboys Reportedly Want Randy Gregory to Take a 'Hometown Discount'

The Dallas Cowboys are about to embark on a critical offseason. Following the team’s humiliating home playoff defeat to the San Francisco 49ers, disappointment and despair are at an all-time high, and fan pressure to win is only increasing.

The assumption in Dallas is that the Cowboys will always be a contender with Jerry Jones at the helm. To achieve that position in 2022, a lot of work has to be done this offseason.

The Cowboys’ problem is that their cap space isn’t in a favorable place. They’re already intending to release Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper because they’re $20 million above the limit. More cost-cutting measures will be required.

The Cowboys will not be active in free agency.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory. Wesley Hitt/Getty Images/Randy Gregory

Before we get into the newest news on defensive end Randy Gregory, it’s important to note that Dallas isn’t projected to be a huge free agency participant this spring. It doesn’t have enough cap room to sign big free agents (as previously indicated), and many of its own players are up for contracts.

For example, WR Michael Gallup is negotiating a new deal with the Cowboys in order to stay in Dallas.

However, just because the Cowboys didn’t spend much in free agency doesn’t mean they’ve solved all of their financial problems. It will be difficult for them to just expand their own players. To ensure that his club has a competitive squad in 2022, Jerry Jones is expected to ask numerous employees to accept salary cuts this summer.

Randy Gregory, a defensive end with the Dallas Cowboys, is being offered a ‘hometown discount.’

Along with Gallup, tight end Dalton Schultz, and offensive lineman Connor Williams, defensive end Randy Gregory is another key upcoming free agent that Dallas supporters want to keep.

Gregory is coming off a season in which he had 6.0 sacks. As a rotational and starter pass rusher, he proved to be quite important.

According to a recent story by Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated, the Cowboys believe Gregory would have to accept a wage reduction to stay with the organization.

On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys are planning to utilize the franchise tag as a method to preserve contractual control of free agent Randy Gregory.

The Cowboys, on the other hand, think they have another instrument that may help them reach an agreement with the pass rusher: relationships.

Once the two sides get serious about a long-term deal, one source tells that owner Jerry Jones is hoping for a “hometown discount” from Gregory. While the NFL is in Indianapolis for the scouting combine, there has been some talk among the parties about all of this. And it’s possible that the discussions may be less intense between now and Tuesday’s tag-decision deadline.

Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher

This offseason, Dallas might lose two crucial pass rushers.

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones on possibly using the franchise tag on an impending free agent: “We haven’t ruled out. That’s been in the strategy meetings.” Jones did not specify candidates, although DE Randy Gregory and TE Dalton Schultz could draw consideration.

— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) February 28, 2022

For what it’s worth, I believe Dallas will use the franchise tag on Gregory. It’s not a good idea to spend $20 million on a 6.0-sack guy. Using the tag negates Gregory’s willingness to accept a wage reduction in the first place.

With that in mind, Gregory’s decision to return to the Cowboys seems to be based on whether or not he wants to offer Dallas a “hometown discount.”

Another Cowboy who has been cited as a probable cap casualty is veteran DE Demarcus Lawrence. Two major pass rushers might be on their way out of Dallas this summer because to financial concerns.

Jerry Jones’ extravagant spending over the last several years looks to be catching up with him. It’s never a good situation to be in when you have to rely on players who are willing to work for less money to play for your club.

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