Predicting which of the Cowboys 2023 free agents will stay or go

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Dallas Cowboys, Anthony Brown

Dallas Cowboys, Anthony Brown (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

Anthony Brown, CB

One of the more underrated players in the Dallas secondary, Anthony Brown has grown from a sixth-round pick into a solid starter. He’s also coming off his best statistical season after recording 71 tackles, 17 pass defenses, and three picks in 2021.

He’s mostly remembered for his poor performance against Las Vegas where he was flagged four times for pass interference but outside of that game, he played well overall on the year.

Brown is currently playing on a very team-friendly deal after signing a three-year, $15 million contract in 2020, but if he has another campaign close to what he showed last year, he’s going to earn more from another team.

Prediction: Leaves in free agency

Donovan Wilson, S

Another home-grown talent, Donovan Wilson was added in Round 6 of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. He developed into a starter by year two and had 71 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two picks. He was expected to take another step forward in 2021 but injuries slowed him down as he appeared in just nine games.

This year, he will be the third safety along with Malik Hooker and Jayron Kearse. He should still be an effective player but could stand to take a short-term deal next season and try to put a couple of consistent campaigns under his belt before cashing in on a long-term contract. That could play to Dallas’ favor.

Prediction: Stays on a one-year deal

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