The Dallas Cowboys would love the opportunity to keep defensive end Myles Garrett in Texas, but with that highly, highly unlikely, the team is going after a different former Texas A&M defensive end.
According to Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are planning to sign Damontre Moore. Still only 24 years old, Moore played three seasons at Texas A&M from 2010-12.
The Cowboys are also adding DE Damontre Moore, source said. He's a former 3rd-round pick out of Texas A&M and Rowlett. 10 career sacks.
— Brandon George (@DMN_George) March 11, 2017
One of Dallas’ biggest rivals, the New York Giants, selected Moore with the 81st pick in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He never started a game for New York, but Moore did post 5.5 sacks in his second season. In 2014, he also recorded 32 total tackles and 2 pass defenses.
The following season, Moore stayed with the Giants until he was waived for violating team rules. On Dec. 11, he reportedly had an altercation with fellow defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins regarding headphones. Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer reported Moore had several of these types of disagreements with teammates in New York.
He finished the 2015 season with the Miami Dolphins. This past season, he played four games for the Seattle Seahawks, posting 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks.
In three seasons at Texas A&M, Moore recorded 197 tackles, including 45 for loss and 26.5 sacks. He also had 3 pass defenses, 5 forced fumbles and an interception. Moore saved the best for last, posting his best statistics during his senior season, which was the only year he played in the SEC. Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012.
That season, Moore registered 85 tackles, including 21 for loss, 12.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses and a forced fumble.
The Dallas defense overachieved in 2016, finishing first in run defense and 14th in yards allowed. The Cowboys were also ranked 13th with 36 sacks, but Dallas would love to add another elite pass rusher. Moore might not be an elite option, but he’s a low-risk player with plenty of upside.