Cowboys 2023 offseason: Full list of players set to become free agents
By Jerry Trotta
The Dallas Cowboys have a huge offseason ahead of them. The coaching staff could undergo significant turnover if Dan Quinn and Kellen Moore leave for head coaching jobs, while the roster has the potential to look a lot different, too.
Free agency is the first avenue that will allow Dallas to improve their player personnel. The draft will eventually dominant conversation, but the start of the legal tampering period is less than two months away and fans are hopeful the front office will jump through hoops to sign players that can take the team over the top.
The Cowboys are notorious for not spending big on external free agents. Last offseason, their biggest splash came in the form of Dante Fowler.
The good news? This regime seldom loses free agents they want to keep, even though they’ve had a couple close calls (Jayron Kearse last offseason). That’s big, because the Cowboys have a laundry list of players set to become free agents.
Let’s get into the full list.
Cowboys 2023 offseason: Full list of players set to hit free agency
Here are the Cowboys 2023 unrestricted free agents.
- Tony Pollard, RB
- Leighton Vander Esch, LB
- Donovan Wilson, S
- Dalton Schultz, TE
- Johnathan Hankins, DT
- Anthony Brown, CB
- Brett Maher, K
- Cooper Rush, QB
- Noah Brown, WR
- TY Hilton, WR
- Jason Peters, OT
- Connor McGovern, OG
- Dante Fowler, DE
- Carlos Watkins DT
- Anthony Barr, LB
- Luke Gifford, LB
- CJ Goodwin, ST
- Jake McQuaid, LS
- Matt Overton, LS
Here are the Cowboys’ 2023 restricted free agents.
- Terence Steele, RT
- Rico Dowdle, RB
All eyes will be on how the Cowboys navigate this list, particularly the futures of starters Tony Pollard, Dalton Schultz, Donovan Wilson, Leighton Vander Esch, Connor McGovern, and Terence Steele. While Schultz is the most likely of this group to leave this offseason most Dallas fans would like to see the front office retain Pollard, Wilson, LVE, McGovern and Steele if the cap allows it.
Anthony Brown is another interesting talking point. Though he was missed after his season-ending injury, will the Cowboys be incentivized to bring back an oft-injured corner who’ll turn 30 next season and is susceptible to giving up explosive plays?
And what about late veteran pickups Johnathan Hankins, TY Hilton, and Jason Peters? Has Noah Brown run his course with the team? Did Carlos Watkins perform well enough late in the season to warrant getting re-signed?
These are all questions Jerry Jones and company are mulling over, and we’re anxious to see how it all plays out.