It’s tough to gauge whether the 2022 season was a disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys.
The answer probably depends on your definition of disappointment. If you set Super Bowl or bust expectations, the campaign was a letdown. On the other hand, Dallas did advance one round further in the playoffs than last season. A glass half full mindset would lead you to believe they’ll make another leap in 2023.
Of course, that’ll be contingent on how aggressive and cutthroat the front office is this offseason in terms of bolstering the roster through trades and free agency, and pulling the plug on lost causes and declining players to higher the team’s ceiling.
While we await the start of free agency, here are three Cowboys we can safely say find themselves on the hot seat.
3 Cowboys on the hot seat entering 2023 offseason
3. Neville Gallimore, DT
It wasn’t long ago the Cowboys thought they got a steal by drafting Gallimore in the third round (No. 82 overall) in the 2020 draft. Gallimore followed the selections of CeeDee Lamb, and Trevon Diggs, and the general consensus was that Dallas drafted three starters with its first three picks; the unlikeliest of feats.
Gallimore didn’t hit the ground running as a rookie, but he showed plenty of promise, amassing 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, four quarterback hits, nine pressures, and 16 defensive stops, per Pro Football Focus.
Since then, it’s been all downhill for the Oklahoma product.
His sophomore campaign was upended by a dislocated elbow suffered during the preseason. He returned to play the final five games. By the time Year 3 rolled around, Gallimore lost his starting job to 2021 sixth-rounder Quinton Bohanna, before losing even more playing time to Johnathan Hankins and Carlos Watkins.
Gallimore appeared in 16 games in 2022 and played 35% of the snaps. Dallas can save $2.74 million by cutting him this offseason.