5 Cowboys who definitely won't be back next season

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1. Jayron Kearse, S

Jayron Kearse made one of the select few good defensive plays from Sunday's loss against the Packers. Those moments were few and far between for Kearse this season after they were commonplace over his first two years, however.

Like Fowler, Quinn's departure could signal the end of Kearse in Dallas. He's a free agent and the Cowboys are set at safety. Malik Hooker and Donovan Wilson are back, and fans loved what they saw from second-year player Juanyeh Thomas in limited opportunities.

Additionally, 2021 sixth-round pick Israel Mukuamu could be in line for a bigger role and Markquese Bell could see time at safety -- his original position -- after he converted to linebacker following Leighton Vander Esch's season-ending injury.

Beyond the depth at safety is the fact Kearse regressed significantly in 2023. His 44.9 player grade was the lowest among Dallas defensive starters, per PFF. He allowed a 101.8 passer rating in coverage and his eight missed tackles were second most on the team. He also led the defense with eight penalties.

Don't expect Kearse back in 2024.

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