The 2023 NFL season is coming to a close, and the Dallas Cowboys are one of the top teams in the NFC. As good as the Cowboys have been, this is not a perfect roster (no roster is) and changes will need to be made after the season. For some players on the Cowboys roster, the writing is on the wall.
There are a number of players who have been a liability this season for Dallas, even with the Cowboys leading the NFL in point differential. Whether some of these players will be salary cap casualties next offseason, or if the Cowboys will simply just let some pending free agents walk, we're going to look at four of the most likely players to be playing in their final games for Dallas with six games plus the playoffs left in 2023.
Whose time in Dallas is about to run out?
1. Jayron Kearse, safety
There are a lot of dawgs on the Dallas Cowboys' defense, and they can't pay them all. Jayron Kearse looks like he will eventually be one of the odd men out because he's a pending free agent, he's going to be 30 this offseason, and the Cowboys are loaded at the safety position right now. Not to mention, Kearse's usage and playing time have decreased from playing more than 90 percent of the snaps in 2021 to play 88 percent in 2022, to playing under 80 percent this season.
If Kearse is willing to play on a reduced contract, there's a possibility he could return to Dallas, but I think the Cowboys may need to allocate some of their available funds and resources to the linebacker position where they have Demarvion Overshown coming off of a season-ending injury, and Leighton Vander Esch sadly potentially suffering a career-ending injury himself.
The Cowboys have gotten more extensive looks at young Juanyeh Thomas this season and the results have been impressive. The Cowboys should feel good about giving him extensive snaps on a more permanent basis next season.