Dallas will lose seven players from this category. Before we discuss their options, let’s consider who may not be back. The impending free agents are: Mark Sanchez, Kellen Moore, Lance Dunbar, Darren McFadden.
Let’s start with the quarterbacks. With Tony Romo likely not on the roster next season, the Cowboys will need a backup to starter Dak Prescott. That definitely means one of those players will need to be retained, unless the Cowboys grab a free agent.
There are two players I like from the free agency group. Jet’s quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bear’s quarterback Brian Hoyer. Both players would be excellent in a back-up capacity, and would provide Dallas the insurance they need should something happen to Prescott. If the front office can’t secure on of those players for a reasonable price, the best option is likely Kellen Moore on a cheap deal.
There will also be two running backs packing their bags this offseason. I believe Dallas should let both of them move on. Dunbar is extremely injury prone and McFadden is getting up there in age. My favorite free agents at this position are Andre Ellington of the Cardinals and Orleans Darkwa of the Giants.
Ellington hasn’t played much since 2014, being stuck behind David Johnson on the depth chart. Darkwa has shown flashes of solid running with the Giants. I think both could serve as solid back-ups and change of pace backs to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.