Another year, another Dallas Cowboys offseason come way too soon. This year, they have a laundry list of pending free agents, and there is little doubt that the 2023 team is going to look a good bit different than the 2022 squad that once again failed to get past the San Francisco 49ers and reach the NFC title game.
While there are positions they can clearly upgrade at, there are also key starters that Dallas should retain to give themselves the best chance of improving on back-to-back trips to the NFC’s Divisional Round.
There are quite a few players set to test the open market that I’d love to see return next season (and a few who they need to move on from). However, I wanted to highlight these three free agents that I think the Cowboys should bring back in 2023.
3 free agents the Cowboys should re-sign this offseason
Honorable Mention: Terence Steele, RT
I know I just said I was only calling out three players, but I couldn’t help myself. I kept going back and forth on whether or not I should include right tackle Terence Steele on this list. However, I ultimately decided that this time, I’d stick with just unrestricted free agents.
Still, I wanted to take a moment to call him out. The former Texas Tech Red Raider is a restricted free agent and the chances that he won’t be wearing a star on the side of his helmet next season are slim at best.
Terence Steele has improved immensely for the Cowboys
Steele has improved leaps and bounds since injuries thrust him head-first into the fire as an undrafted rookie back in 2020. Now, he’s started 40 games in three years, including 13 this season before tearing his ACL and MCL in week 14 against the Houston Texans.
All season long, Steele kept growing into his role as the starting right tackle and he stepped up admirably in place of La’el Collins, who the Cowboys cut last offseason. He continued to develop into a strong run blocker and helped to clear the way for what ended up being a career-best season for Tony Pollard. Steele had a good season and will almost certainly be returning to Dallas in 2023.
And, hey who knows, maybe with Dalton Schultz’s impending departure and a new offensive coordinator coming in, he sees some snaps at tight end. Gotta love versatility!