3 first-year Cowboys who did not earn a second season in 2024

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2. DT Carl Davis

If fans do not recognize this name, it is not surprising. Carl Davis was actually the first re-signing the Cowboys had this offseason, although it was very quiet. Davis helps provide depth at defensive tackle with Johnathan Hankins gone, but did little in his first season as a Cowboy.

Davis has been a journeyman since being drafted in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. He had been with the Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Patriots and Seahawks before he arrived in Dallas late last season. He started 2023 on the Seahawks practice squad then was waived in October. The Cowboys picked him up for the rest of the season after Hankins suffered an injury. He appeared in only three games last season, receiving significant playing time in a game against the Bills.

He also played in the Dolphins and Lions games but only registered three tackles for the whole season. Needless to say, re-signing Davis was not the best investment the team could have made on the defensive side of the ball. The hope is that he provides veteran presence for a group now lead by Osa Odighizuwa and Mazi Smith. However, entering his ninth season with only 68 career tackles is concerning. Even though it is only a one-year commitment, bringing back Davis was not worth it.