3 former Cowboys starters who might be done in the NFL

Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; 
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) makes a
Dec 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) makes a / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys are a storied franchise with a rich history. While this current core of players arguably is the Cowboys' most talented in the last 20 years, the proverbial changing of the guard means some players from former Dallas teams are at or nearing the end of their respective careers.

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are examples of former players who are multiple years removed from suiting up on Sundays.

Could a new group of former Cowboys soon join them in retirement? No, Bryant hasn't technically retired, but the writing is on the wall. Nevertheless, it might not be long before these former Dallas players are done in the NFL.

3. Blake Jarwin, TE

A former undrafted free agent signing in 2017, Jarwin broke out in year two and enjoyed similar success the following year. Over those two seasons, Jarwin logged 58 passes for 672 yards and six touchdowns, while catching more than 75% of his targets and averaged nearly 12 yards per reception.

Looking the part of an athletic starting tight end, Jarwin was rewarded with a four-year, $22 million contract during the 2019 offseason. It was considered a premature move by the Cowboys, but one that ultimately would pay off down the line assuming Jarwin continued to develop.

Unfortunately, Jarwin's career went off the rails shortly thereafter.

His 2020 season ended after just one game due to a torn ACL. After completing that grueling rehab, Jarwin missed half of 2021 with a hip injury and underwent surgery after the season. Doctors called the injury "very uncommon" for an NFL player and he hasn't appeared in a regular season game since.

In fact, Jarwin hasn't even gotten a sniff of signing with a new team. He worked out for the hated Eagles in December, but nothing came of it. It's been over a year since Dallas released Jarwin, and though a comeback is still possible, it's hard not to think that his playing days could be over.