3 former Cowboys we'd love to see return in 2024

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2. RT La'el Collins

If you were to craft a shortlist of the Cowboys' most disappointing players from 2023, Terence Steele and Michael Gallup would be everyone's pick. Steele experienced significant regression after a breakout 2022 campaign that prompted Dallas to give him a five-year $86.6 million extension with $50 million guaranteed.

Among 55 tackles that played at least 700 snaps, Steele's 45.9 pass-blocking grade was second-worst, per Pro Football Focus. He allowed the third-most pressures (49), second-most quarterback hits (12), sixth-most sacks and eighth-most hurries.

It stands to reason Steele will improve a full season removed from ACL surgery, but Cowboys would be wise to sign La'el Collins as insurance at right tackle.

Collins actually signed to Dallas' practice squad before the 2023 playoffs. It's unclear if he's wanted back, but Collins was overjoyed to return to his old stomping grounds. Perhaps the 30-year-old would give the Cowboys a hometown discount to run it back in 2024. He wouldn't be guaranteed a starting job, but serving as the backup RT and guard could entice the veteran after he didn't play at all last season.