In each of the past two seasons, the Dallas Cowboys have won 12 games but they were also unable to get past the second-round hump that’s plagued them since the 1990s. Following the 2021 campaign, they lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card Round and then this season, the same franchise ended their hopes in the Divisional Round.
Dallas knows they have the talent to compete but they have some tough decisions to make as they enter 2023. They’ll have to make moves to get under the salary cap while also finding a way to improve on both sides of the ball.
Here are five bold predictions for them as they look to do this during the 2023 offseason.
5 bold 2023 offseason predictions for the Dallas Cowboys
5. Tyron Smith signs an extension
Heading into this offseason, Tyron Smith was a player that many thought the Cowboys would move on from. It would make a lot of sense considering they just used a first-round pick on Tyler Smith — who they believe is the future at left tackle.
They also have the right tackle figured out with Terence Steele, although the veteran Smith filled in at the spot when Steele was injured.
On top of this, Smith is the fourth highest-paid player on the roster this year as he counts for $17.6 million. That’s a lot for someone who has played in just 17 games over the past three seasons combined — and hasn’t played a full schedule since 2015.
Having said all that, the Cowboys love to hold onto players for what they used to offer and Jerry Jones has already said Smith will be back. This leads to speculation that his contract will be restructured, which could save them roughly $6.217 million.
That wouldn’t be a terrible move, but look for Jones to go one step further and extend Smith for several years. It would help free up money right now, but would also kick money down the road for an often-injured player. It could work, but probably won’t.