5 Dallas Cowboys that should not return in 2021

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Tyrone Crawford, Dallas Cowboys
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Here are five Dallas Cowboys who shouldn’t be on the team in 2021

The Dallas Cowboys will have to make some difficult decisions next offseason following a massively disappointing performance under first-year head coach Mike McCarthy. While a truncated offseason due to a worldwide pandemic will likely grant McCarthy and members of his coaching staff an opportunity to right the ship in 2021, the same can’t be said for some of his players.

With an eye on next year, here’s a list of five players we believe shouldn’t be on the roster next year. Although due to their massive contracts, some of them will.

#5 – Tyrone Crawford, Defensive Lineman

After years of fans pleading for the Cowboys to part ways with defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford, they should finally get their wish in 2021. But only after the 31-year old has completely played out his five-year, $45 million contract extension he signed back in 2015.

Secured as the centerpiece of former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s scheme at the three-technique defensive tackle position, Crawford never lived to his massive contract. Instead of becoming a Pro Bowl-level disruptor as a pass-rushing interior defender, the former 2012 third-rounder became the team’s utility player, filling-in along the defensive line where needed.

Already consider only a moderately average NFL player before, injuries have really taken their toll over the past two years. Crawford had double hip surgery in the offseason and no longer appears to be the same player. Responsible for a nearly $20 million salary-cap hit over the past two seasons, the veteran defender has recorded just 11 total tackles and a single sack in four starts over that same span.