4 high-profile Cowboys who are unlikely to return in 2023
By Randy Gurzi
2. Donovan Wilson, S
A former sixth-round pick out of Texas A&M, Donovan Wilson has developed into one of the best defenders on the roster. He had a strong sophomore campaign but was injured for much of 2021 which led to him being overlooked heading into this season.
That’s no longer the case as he blew up in year four. Wilson led the team with 101 tackles but did much more than just take down the ball carrier after he made the catch. Wilson was making several impactful plays on a weekly basis and finished with seven tackles for a loss, two pass defenses, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.
If that wasn’t enough, he excelled when rushing the passer as well. In all, he had five sacks and was credited with nine quarterback hits and 12 total pressures.
Dallas would love to bring Wilson back but the problem will center around his pay. They’re not exactly rich with cap space and have some tough decisions to make. Throw in the fact that they’ve always undervalued the safety position — despite being burned by that philosophy time and again — and Wilson might have priced himself out of town.
The coaching staff does believe in Israel Mukuamu, a converted cornerback who had 17 tackles and a pick in his second season, which could also lead to them trying to save some money. It could blow up in their faces, but Wilson might very well be heading elsewhere in free agency.