Dallas- After all, Bryan Anger will return to play a second season with the Dallas Cowboys.
After the Cowboys had prepared to dump their Pro Bowl punter as unlikely to invest in the position, they reconsidered and signed him to a three-year, $9 million deal on Tuesday, a source tells us.
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The team’s finances have changed in recent weeks.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence has agreed to reconfigure his contract, freeing up $13 million in salary-cap space for 2022.
Then defensive end Randy Gregory backed out of a contract deal and went to Denver.
So wasting $3 million a year on a punter coming off a historic season became more feasible.
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Anger, 33, earned his first Pro Bowl performance last season by setting a Cowboys franchise record with 44.6 net yards per punt.
He enjoyed the indoor space at AT&T Stadium, where he averaged 47.2 net yards versus 42.1 on the road.
Anger played under a one-year, $1.08 million deal in 2021.
By bringing him and long-snapper Jake McQuaide back, the Cowboys will once again play two of their three specialists from last season.
The kicker position is yet to be determined, as Greg Zuerlein was released this month.
Arlington native Chris Naggar is the only kicker currently on the roster, but he will have more competition in the coming weeks.
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Dallas Cowboys re-sign Bryan Anger for three years and $9 million