3 Cowboys stars who could follow Dak Prescott out the door in 2025

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2. DeMarcus Lawrence

This one would really sting. DeMarcus Lawrence is on the record saying he wants to be a lifetime Cowboy. Luckily, the terms of his contract make that a possibility, but again nobody would be safe if Dallas embraces a firesale.

Last March, the Cowboys restructured Lawrence's contract, converting most of his $15 million salary into a signing bonus to clear cap space. As a trade off, though, Lawrence will count an extra $4.5 million against the 2024 and 2025 caps.

While Lawrence will count $20 million against the cap this year, he's on the books for just $7.445 million in 2025. The Cowboys could simply extend Lawrence, who had one of his best seasons in 2023. They wouldn't save any money cutting or trading him, but the $7.445 million dead cap charge is doable.

Lawrence is the glue of the locker room and a stud on the field, but how much sense would it make to commit more money to a 32-year-old defensive end after the franchise QB just left? Micah Parsons is clearly ready to carry the torch and Sam Williams might show enough this year to warrant a starting role in 2025.