With Greg Hardy likely gone from Dallas next year and Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games of the season due to a violation of the substance abuse policy, the Dallas Cowboys are exploring their options on the defensive line in free agency.
The Cowboys had already been linked to the Falcons’ Adrian Clayborn and the Dolphins’ Olivier Vernon when, on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reported that the team was one of a couple in the running for longtime Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton, along with the Seahawks.
But Getlin adds that “His market’s starting to heat up,” so even if it is a two-team race now, it won't stay that way for long.
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At 6-foot-4, 309 pounds, Thornton came to the Eagles after going undrafted out of Southern Arkansas in 2011, and has 171 tackles, four sacks and five passes defensed in the five seasons since. He had 33 tackles and a sack for the Eagles in 2015.