The Dallas Cowboys have started to address their offseason needs. Most notably, with the hiring of Dan Quinn as their new defensive coordinator replacing Mike Nolan after only a single season in Dallas.
Now the team’s attention can turn to their roster as the Cowboys have 17 players scheduled to hit the open market next month as unrestricted free agents. And while quarterback Dak Prescott tops the list of players Dallas must absolutely retain, who are the veterans the Cowboys should allow to leave via free agency? We have four names we believe shouldn’t be re-signed this offseason.
Tyrone Crawford, DL
This is probably the easiest decision the Cowboys will face all offseason. At the end of a massive contract that netted him more than $45.6 million, defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford‘s time in Dallas ended with a whimper.
Coming off double hip surgery last year, Crawford failed to make a significant impact in his eighth season in the NFL. The 31-year old recorded just 14 tackles, two tackles for loss, four QB hits, and 2.0 sacks. Both sacks came in the same game, on the same drive, on near back-to-back plays in Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
For years, fans of the Cowboys have pleaded with the organization to part ways with Crawford due to his massive contract and low statical impact. A coaching and locker room favorite, he’s remained in Dallas despite it all and played out the entire contract. Now an unrestricted free agent, and considering retirement, the Cowboys would be wise to finally move on from the veteran defender this offseason.