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  • Jets' Diontae Spencer: Inks future deal

    The Jets signed Spencer to a reserve/future deal Tuesday.

    Spencer bounced on and off the Jets' practice squad all year, but he was never elevated to the active roster. With his new contract, the fourth-year return man will stick with New York's organization and have a chance to compete for a larger role during the offseason.

  • Dante Fowler DE | DAL

    Cowboys' Dante Fowler: Solid in rotational role

    Fowler recorded 27 tackles (22 solo), including six sacks, over 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added two passes defended and two forced fumbles.

    The 28-year-old was the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but Fowler has rarely looked the part during his time in the league. He seemed more comfortable in a complementary role during his first year with Dallas, letting Micah Parsons and DeMarcus Lawrence grab the headlines while he posted the third-highest sack total of his career. Fowler will hit free agency again this offseason after playing on a one-year, $3.0 million contract in 2022, but with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn returning to the Cowboys, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the defensive end also re-sign, albeit perhaps with a modest raise.

  • Cowboys' Dorance Armstrong: Emerges as pass-rush threat

    Armstrong recorded 33 tackles (17 solo), including a career-high 8.5 sacks, through 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

    With offensive lines focusing a lot of energy on trying to slow down Micah Parsons, the Cowboys' other pass rushers found a lot of success winning one-on-one matchups. Armstrong was no exception, as the fifth-year defensive end came into the season with only 7.5 career sacks. He has one more year left on his current contract, and another strong campaign opposite Parsons could set Armstrong up for a big payday in 2024, assuming Dallas doesn't sign him to an extension before then.

  • Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence: Career-high tackle total

    Lawrence recorded a career-high 65 tackles (43 solo), including six sacks, through 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added three passes defended, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown in Week 5 against the Rams.

    With Micah Parsons now the main pass-rushing threat for the Cowboys, Lawrence found himself in more of a run-stuffing role, but he can still make an impact in the backfield -- three of his sacks on the season came in Week 3 against the Giants, and he also collected one in the divisional-round loss to the 49ers. The 30-year-old has two more years remaining on his current contract and cutting him would produce a massive dead-cap hit in 2023, so Lawrence figures to see similar usage again in Dan Quinn's defense next season.

  • Micah Parsons OLB | DAL

    Cowboys' Micah Parsons: Big sack numbers in 2022

    Parsons recorded 65 tackles (42 solo), including 13.5 sacks, over 17 regular-season games in 2022. He added three passes defended, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for his first NFL touchdown.

    With the second-year defender didn't take a huge step forward with his production after his dazzling rookie campaign, Parsons still finished seventh in the league in sacks. He could have posted even bigger numbers in that category were it not for nagging injuries down the stretch, however -- he had 12 sacks through the first 11 games. Parsons' hybrid role hurts his tackle totals, and in formats where he solely qualifies as a linebacker and not a defensive end, his IDP value is muted. With Dan Quinn returning as the Cowboys' defensive coordinator it seems unlikely his usage will change much in 2023, but the potential departure of Leighton Vander Esch in free agency could allow Parsons to roam more freely in the middle of the field rather than lining up as a pure pass-rusher a majority of the time.

  • Brett Maher K | DAL

    Cowboys' Brett Maher: Big year marred by playoff gaffes

    Maher connected on 29 of 32 field-goal attempts, including nine of 11 from 50 yards or longer, and 50 of 53 extra-point attempts across 17 regular-season games in 2022.

    His impressive performance during the regular season, which saw Maher finish tied for third in the NFL with 137 points, was the good news. The bad? His dreadful postseason numbers, as he missed five of six PATs in two playoff games. The kicker is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the rough ending to his campaign could put his future with the Cowboys in doubt. With special-teams coach John Fassel expected to return to Dallas in 2023, however, Maher will likely get a chance to prove his postseason woes were just an aberration.

  • Cowboys' Peyton Hendershot: Three TDs in first NFL season

    Hendershot (hamstring) caught 11 of 16 targets for 103 yards and two touchdowns over 17 regular-season games in 2022. He also added a two-yard rushing TD on his only carry.

    An undrafted rookie out of Indiana, Hendershot impressed in training camp and won the No. 3 spot on the tight end depth chart to begin the season, a role that wound up leading to some fantasy value thanks to his nose for the end zone, even if he didn't see more than one target in any game after the Cowboys' Week 9 bye. Dalton Schultz is a free agent this offseason, and if he heads elsewhere, Hendershot could see a much more significant role in the Dallas offense in 2023, although he'd likely still be behind 2022 fourth-round pick Jake Ferguson.

  • Jake Ferguson TE | DAL

    Cowboys' Jake Ferguson: Flashes potential as rookie

    Ferguson caught 19 of 22 targets for 174 yards and a touchdown over 16 regular-season games in 2022.

    A fourth-round pick out of Wisconsin in the 2022 NFL Draft, Ferguson most productive performance came in Week 6 when he caught four of six targets for 40 yards and a TD. Stuck behind Dalton Schultz when the veteran tight end was healthy, Ferguson only got occasional chances to flash his upside and athleticism as a pass-catcher but he tended to make the most of them -- he landed on highlight reels during a Thanksgiving Day win over the Giants with a 30-year catch-and-run that featured both a leaping grab and a hurdle over safety Jason Pinnock. Schultz is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and if Dallas elects not to bring him back, Ferguson could head into 2023 as the team's No. 1 tight end.

  • Bengals' Kwamie Lassiter: Remains in Cincinnati

    The Bengals signed Lassiter to a reserve/future deal Tuesday.

    Lassiter signed with Cincinnati as an undrafted free agent in May and joined the team's practice squad after being cut ahead of the initial 53-man roster deadline. He was elevated for just one contest (Week 12) and didn't record any counting stats across eight offensive snaps. With his new contract, the rookie tight end out of Kansas will get to stick around the Bengals' organization and compete for a roster spot this offseason.

  • Tanner Hudson TE | CIN

    Bengals' Tanner Hudson: Signs future deal

    The Bengals signed Hudson to a reserve/future deal Tuesday.

    Hudson joined the Bengals' practice squad at the beginning of December after being waived by the Giants. He made 11 straight appearances for New York to start the season, totaling 10 receptions on 15 targets for 132 yards across 244 offensive snaps, but he was never elevated to Cincinnati's active roster. With his new contract, the fourth-year tight end will get to stick around the Bengals' organization and compete for a roster spot during the offseason.

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