Vander Esch's fifth-year option would have cost the Cowboys $9.145 million guaranteed for 2022, too steep a price for a player who missed 13 combined games over the last two seasons. With Dallas having selected Micah Parsons in the first round of this year's draft and Keanu Neal switching to linebacker, Vander Esch is staring down a contract year in which he could face real competition for snaps.
Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch: Fifth-year option declined
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