There are growing whispers about the Dallas Cowboys and recently released star linebacker Darius Shaquille Leonard. Leonard’s massive five-year, $98.5 million contract was one of the biggest possible obstacles to the Cowboys signing him.
The remaining terms of Leonard’s contract, which the three-time Pro Bowler signed with the Colts, would have been the team’s responsibility had Dallas claimed him. The NFL as a whole passed on claiming Leonard, not just the Cowboys.
This is fantastic news for Dallas, as they can now offer Leonard a new contract with conditions that suit both parties, if there is mutual interest. The Cowboys are interested in signing Leonard, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder, but they won’t be the only team in pursuit of the veteran.
“I’ve been told the Cowboys have interest in Shaq Leonard,” Werder tweeted on November 22, 2023. “But other playoff contending teams likely to pursue the linebacker as well. The Cowboys run defense remains a vulnerability, one magnified with loss of Leighton Vander Esch to a season-ending injury.”
It looks like the Cowboys will have familiar company in their pursuit of Leonard. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles and Cowboys are among the top potential contenders for the star.
In a tweet on November 22, Schefter said, “Colts’ three-time All-Pro LB Darius Shaquille Leonard cleared waivers today, per source.” He is currently unrestricted. Teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles are anticipated to be interested in this.