Dallas Cowboys 2023 free agency primer: Main targets, internal free agents

Donovan Wilson, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys internal free agents

Right now, the Cowboys have a whole lot of pending free agents. They did well to keep Pollard and also placed a second-round tender on Terence Steele which should keep their starting right tackle in town.

However, there are some big names who are set to hit the open market including their starting tight end, Dalton Schultz, and an emerging star at safety, Donovan Wilson.

Pending unrestricted free agents

Cooper Rush, QB
Will Grier, QB
Jason Peters, OT
Rico Dowdle, RB
Noah Brown, WR
TY Hilton, WR
Dalton Schultz, TE
Dante Fowler, EDGE
Carlos Watkins, DT
Johnathan Hankins, DT
Leighton Vander Esch, LB
Anthony Barr, LB
Luke Gifford, LB
Anthony Brown, CB
C.J. Goodwin, CB
Donovan Wilson, S
Jake McQUaide, LS
Matt Overton, LS
Brett Maher, K

Pending restricted free agents

Terence Steele, OT

Dallas has expressed a desire to keep Wilson as well as Leighton Vander Esch. Wilson could be their top target now but as for LVE, it appears he’s on the way out as no deal was met. Dante Fowler, Jr. is another top contributor on defense that could be gone but the Cowboys likely feel as though Sam Williams is ready for more.

Starting cornerback Anthony Brown has always been underrated but he’s been dealing with injuries as of late. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him playing elsewhere in 2023. Then again, his injuries could lead to a one-year deal similar to what we saw with Vander Esch this past year.

On offense, Connor McGovern could wind up leaving which isn’t ideal since he’s developed into a trusted backup guard behind Tyler Smith. They could also be looking for a new backup quarterback if Cooper Rush finds a better opportunity.

Dalton Schultz is still their biggest star on offense hitting the open market but he’s about to be criminally overpaid. He did a lot during his time in Big D but best to let someone else fork out that cash and turn to Jake Ferguson.