Full list of Cowboys outgoing free agents: Will Dallas actually re-sign anyone?

Dec 10, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) on the field
Dec 10, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) on the field / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys put together a great regular season in 2023, but once again fell short in the playoffs. That would actually be underselling it, but there's no sense dwelling on the past. Jerry Jones and Co. need to hit the rest button and focus on fielding a Super-Bowl-caliber roster next season.

The first order of business? Determining which free agents to re-sign once the new league year opens on March 13. The Cowboys typically operate with urgency as far as re-signing their own players. They seldom splurge on external free agents, but that could change this year after Jones' "all-in" promise.

As things stand, the Cowboys have a whopping 13 unrestricted free agents and just one restricted free agent.

Complete list of Dallas Cowboys free agents 2024

Unrestricted free agents

The Cowboys' unrestricted free agents are permitted to sign with any team on March 13, the start of the new league year.

LT Tyron Smith
CB Stephon Gilmore
RB Tony Pollard
DE Dorance Armstrong
S Jayron Kearse
DE Dante Fowler Jr.
CB Jourdan Lewis
DT Johnathan Hankins
C Tyler Biadasz
DT Neville Gallimore
OT Chuma Edoga
CB Noah Igbinoghene
LS Trent Sieg

Restricted free agents

Restricted free agents are a lot more complicated. They are free to sign with any team, but the Cowboys can offer them one of three tenders, or qualifying offers: a first-round tender, second-round tender or right-of-first-refusal tender.

Running back Rico Dowdle is the Cowboys lone RFA. If they used a first-round tender on Dowdle, but another team signed him to an offer sheet, they could either match the offer or net a first-round draft pick as compensation. While Dowdle proved to be a serviceable RB this year, Dallas will likely only need a right-of-first-refusal tender to keep Dowdle for the 2024 season.

Exclusive rights free agents

The Cowboys don't have any exclusive rights free agents this offseason.

Who could the Cowboys bring back in free agency?

The Cowboys will likely move on from most of their unrestricted free agents. The safety position has plenty of depth with Malik Hooker, Donovan Wilson, Juanyeh Thomas, Markquese Bell and Israel Mukuamu, so Jayron Kearse probably won't be back.

Neville Gallimore has failed to find a key role on the defense despite Dallas' personnel issues at defensive tackle. The same can be said for Noah Igbinoghene, who was active for just five games.

Tyler Biadasz, a three-year starter at center, could net a nice contract on the open market and likely won't be back. The future of Jourdan Lewis could hinge on what the Cowboys do with Stephon Gilmore, whom most fans would like back in 2024.

One of Dorance Armstrong or Dante Fowler could be re-signed, but Tyron Smith is the obvious candidate to re-up with the Cowboys as there's no succession plan lined up behind the franchise left tackle.

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