Wingrove recorded 112 tackles, 14.5 sacks, one fumble recovery, and two forced fumbles in three seasons playing at Bowling Green. He spent time with the Atlanta Falcons during training camp (2002) and signed on with the New York Jets last year.
Wingrove is another developmental player that will likely serve as a quality reserve somewhere on the practice squad in 2004. He's proven that he has "staying power" at the professional level through a successful stint in NFL Europe. The question remains, can he build on past triumps and win a spot on the 53-man roster?
Wingrove, who was in training camp in 2002 with the Atlanta Falcons, and signed on with the New York Jets last year, had an outstanding season season with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2003.
In 10 games with Berlin, Wingrove finished fourth on the team with 41 tackles and was eighth overall in the entire league with 4.5 sacks. He's proven that he has the quickness to compete, but at 250 pounds, the Cowboys would like him to add additional bulk.
Wingrove will earn $230,000 in 2004 for the Cowboys, and he counts $235,000 against the salary cap.
Ryan Wingrove was signed to help provide additional depth at defensive end, but clearly he's a player that will have problems consistently getting the job done at the NFL level. Parcells likes the fact that he's had some success in NFL Europe, and he'll be given the opportunity to compete for a spot on the 53-man roster this summer.