There is no denying that the Dallas Cowboys had a disappointing end to what could have been an amazing season. Usually, when teams have shocking and upsetting endings, many changes are made within the organization. As far as the coaching staff goes, Jerry Jones decided to not make any changes at the top level. Despite the drama, wishy-washy comments, and coordinators potentially heading to other teams, Mike McCarthy, Dan Quinn, and Kellen Moore are all returning for 2022. Some fans are excited about this. Others, not so much.
As we head into the heart of the offseason with the NFL Combine this weekend, free agency looming, and the NFL Draft around the corner, the reality is that the current roster will have to change a lot. And, this time around it may not even necessarily be to fix what occurred in the Wild Card Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jones and his team head into the offseason as the third-worst team in terms of cap space, and they have 24 players set to hit free agency.
The roster from the 2021 season was highly touted as one of the best Dallas has seen in years. But as always, there were several weak spots. There always are. The list of players below has nothing to do with free agency, contract maneuvering, or pricing. What we are talking about here is simply a list of players who hurt their team in some way, didn’t do enough for their team, or for some other reason don’t deserve to play in a Dallas uniform next year.
Here are 4 players who don’t deserve to play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2022
4. Connor Williams, G
Luckily for the Cowboys, Connor Williams is a free agent. So saying goodbye to him won’t be that difficult. As Dallas fans are well aware, Williams was a penalty machine in 2021. While there is no denying that he has talent as a guard, the consistent penalties called against him hurt the offense in critical moments several times throughout the season.
Williams led the league in holding penalties (10) and ranked second in total penalties with 12. Only two players had more penalties than Williams. Austin Jackson and Olisaemeka Udoh both had 13. This issue got Williams replaced by Connor McGovern in the middle of the season. Williams’ benching was frustrating for multiple reasons. First of all, it showed that McGovern wasn’t as talented. Secondly, it meant the Cowboys had to put Williams back in at starter and just pray he doesn’t get too many penalties (which obviously didn’t work out).
Despite the flags, Williams is a highly ranked free agent. In fact, Pro Football Focus has him listed as the No. 38 overall free agent in their Top 200 list. Many think he will get a three-year deal worth big money. Whoever picks him up better hope his penalty-filled days are in the past. Jones himself hinted at Williams’ departure by saying one of the biggest offseason priorities is getting more discipline in the offensive line.
While the former Longhorn does show promise, he screwed over the Dallas offense far too many times. He will very likely be playing elsewhere next year.