As is the case every year, there will be several talented veterans who become free agents when they’re let go due to salary cap constraints. For the Dallas Cowboys, this could help them fill some holes on the roster with trusted veterans.
Many of these players will be let go due to no longer being worthy of their expensive contracts but that doesn’t mean they can’t still play. Instead, it just means they’ll likely have to settle for playing for less in 2023, which is why Dallas should keep an eye on these three potential cuts.
3 potential salary cap casualties the Cowboys should sign
3. Shaq Griffin, Cornerback
Kelvin Joseph was added in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft and finally got a chance to show what he could do against the Jacksonville Jaguars when Anthony Brown was injured. Joseph took that opportunity and allowed the Jags to get back into a game that was 27-10 at one point.
Joseph surrendered touchdowns to Zay Jones and Marvin Jones and before long, he was benched for Nahshon Wright. Looking ahead to 2023, the Cowboys have to get someone better to play across from Trevon Diggs and one possibility is Shaq Griffin, who could be released by the Jaguars.
Griffin rose to prominence with the Seattle Seahawks and then signed a three-year, $44.5 million deal in Jacksonville. He missed 12 games due to a back injury in 2022 but even before then didn’t live up to the expensive contract.
That doesn’t mean he’s not a starter in the right situation and that could be what Dallas offers him. Dan Quinn runs a defense similar to the one Griffin excelled in with Seattle and with a more affordable contract, he could be a decent stop-gap player while they look for their next long-term option.