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Cowboys Rumors: Leighton Vander Esch’s Contract Option Expected to Be Declined

Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith (54) and outside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch (55) react during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)

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The 2021 season may be linebacker Leighton Vander Esch’s final one with the Dallas Cowboys.

According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are not expected to exercise the fifth-year option on Vander Esch’s contract for the 2022 campaign prior to Monday’s deadline. 

The option would be worth $9.145 million in 2022.

Talent hasn’t been the issue for the Boise State product. 

Dallas selected him with the No. 19 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft, and he wasted no time establishing himself as a defensive playmaker. He made the Pro Bowl in his rookie season behind 140 tackles, seven passes defended and two interceptions, demonstrating he is so

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