4 players the Cowboys were right to move on from in 2023
By Jerry Trotta
3. Connor McGovern
The Cowboys waiting until the fifth round to draft an offensive lineman told a big story in terms of their plan for the unit in 2023. Barring something unforeseen, like signing a veteran around training camp, the line will look as follows from left to right: Tyron Smith, Tyler Smith, Tyler Biadasz, Zack Martin and Terence Steele.
Technically, the team has a vacancy at left guard, but Tyler Smith will presumably start there for as long as Tyron Smith stays upright. That's tough to predict these days, but the younger Smith was as advertised at left guard (121 snaps, per Pro Football Focus) before he kicked outside in place of the elder Smith.
Even if the younger Smith was slated to start at left tackle, moving on from McGovern felt inevitable. Given how slender the interior offensive line market was this year, McGovern was always going to fetch a handsome contract.
McGovern ultimatley signed a three-year, $22.35 million deal with the Bills, including $9.9 million guranteed. It's a deserved career landmark for the former third-round pick, but Dallas has the means to get by at LG without him, especially at that price.