2. Terence Steele, RT
This season was a nightmare for Terence Steele and the worst part is not all of his struggles can be attributed to his ACL injury. The rehab obviously played a factor, but Cowboys offensive line coach Mike Solari hindered Steele's development in pass pro by tweaking his playing style.
Hopefully, Steele reverts back to his old technique because he wasn't a starting-caliber tackle for most of the campaign. Among 55 tackles who played at least 700 snaps, Steele's 45.9 pass-blocking grade was third-worst, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required). His eight allowed sacks were fourth-most at the position and he allowed the third-most pressures and second-most QB hits.
Yes, Steele put together a representative season in 2022, but there was zero reason for the Cowboys to give him a $82.5 million extension (with $50 million guaranteed) coming off a torn ACL. They clearly didn't learn their lesson with Michael Gallup, and it makes the decision to prolong Dak Prescott's contract negotiations even more baffling.
If Steele underperforms again in 2024, he could be gone. According to Over The Cap, the Cowboys can save $15 million on the salary cap if they make him a post-June 1 cut in 2025 with a palatable $3 million dead cap charge.