Cowboys free company 2023: Luke Gifford leaving for Tennessee Titans
The Cowboys lose a core member of their particular groups unit.
Initially of the second day of the NFL’s authorized tampering interval, the Dallas Cowboys are shedding one other participant from their 2022 roster. Having already misplaced guard Connor McGovern to an agreed contract with the Buffalo Bills, linebacker Luke Gifford might be heading to the Tennessee Titans on a two-year deal value as much as $5 million.
For the Titans, this transfer is smart, given they misplaced linebacker David Lengthy to the Miami Dolphins on Monday. For the Cowboys, particular groups coordinator John Fassel is bound to be bummed about this loss.
Gifford has been in Dallas because the 2019 season after he made a few pre-season plays that confirmed the undrafted free agent was value retaining round. Since then, most of his position was engaged on particular groups and a bit of at linebacker if referred to as upon.
When Mike McCarthy got here to the Cowboys in 2020, he introduced long-time Rams particular groups coordinator John Fassel to teach the unit in Dallas. Gifford turned a favourite of coach Fassel, which stored Gifford round for just a few extra seasons.
Every year his manufacturing elevated, and 2022 was his greatest season as a Cowboy, main the crew in tackles for particular groups. Gifford’s greatest recreation of the season was towards the Green Bay Packers, where he totaled five tackles.
Dallas already had a skinny group at linebacker, so Gifford’s absence doesn’t assist. Second-year linebacker Devin Harper is an apparent substitute for his position on particular groups. The rookie sixth-round decide performed three video games on particular groups in 2022 earlier than occurring season-ending injured reserve.
Whereas Gifford isn’t a family title for the Dallas protection, he nonetheless performed significant snaps for the Cowboys on particular groups.