5 players who are definitely entering their last year with Cowboys

These players won't likely be back in 2025...
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2. Brandin Cooks, wide receiver

The end is near for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, a trade acquisition in the 2023 offseason. After a slow start to his Dallas Cowboys tenure, Cooks turned it up down the stretch last year and wound up catching 54 passes for 657 yards and a solid eight touchdowns. In fact, his eight touchdown catches were the most he's had since he was a member of the New Orleans Saints back in 2016.

From Week 9 to the end of the season, Cooks scored a touchdown in all but three games he played. The well-traveled veteran receiver is going to be 31 this coming season, which means the clock is ticking. With so many prominent free agents set to hit the market for the Cowboys in 2025, it's difficult to see a path for Cooks back to the roster unless he signs for a team-friendly bargain.

Especially if he is able to build upon what we saw last year, Cooks will likely be able to get more money on a short-term deal outside of Dallas.

3. Cooper Rush, quarterback

Even with question marks surrounding the future of Dak Prescott, it feels increasingly likely that Cooper Rush is entering his final year as a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2024. Depending on what the Cowboys really think of Trey Lance, we might not even see Rush on the final 53-man roster.

It sounds like Lance is having a strong offseason, and if the Cowboys are truly pleased with his development, we might see them put enough confidence in him to be Dak Prescott's official backup quarterback, which would leave Rush looking for work elsewhere in the near future.