Dallas Cowboys: 6 final roster cuts that might shock you

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Here are six unlikely roster cuts, that if the Dallas Cowboys made, could shock fans

The Dallas Cowboys having to cut down a possible 90-man roster to just 55-players is no small matter. And the preseason is incredibly useful when determining which players will make the final cut. Undoubtedly, this year will be very different.

There will be no preseason games in 2020 due to the worldwide pandemic. Therefore, the coaching staff and front office will have to make those difficult cuts based on a virtual offseason program and training camp practices.

Complicating matters is the fact the Cowboys hired a new head coach in Mike McCarthy this offseason. And in turn, McCarthy made several changes to the coaching staff. So, with the new regime comes new gameplans, philosophies, and zero loyalty to existing players.

Whether you’re a veteran or a fresh-faced rookie, most players will have to earn their roster spot this summer. That’s unless you’re a star like running back Ezekiel Elliott, right guard Zack Martin, or defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence.

With all those changes in mind, final cuts coming in early September could include a surprise or two. Cowboy fans will remember one of the latest examples of a shocking roster cut being longtime kicker Dan Bailey just two years ago. After seven seasons in Dallas, Bailey was released during final cuts in favor of a 28-year old rookie kicker from the CFL named Brett Maher.

With Bailey being one of the most accurate kickers in NFL history, no one saw his shocking release coming. Yet, his salary cap hit of $4.2 million and his remaining contract made Maher’s booming leg an even more attractive option.

Could there be another Dan Bailey-level release this year? Here are six unlikely cut candidates that might shock Cowboy fans if they were suddenly to be let go during final roster cuts in 2020.