Dallas Cowboys 2024 NFL offseason primer: ‘All-in’ season ahead, per Jerry Jones


Dallas Cowboys’ 2023 season: 12-5, won NFC East, lost in wild card

Overview: The Cowboys played the hits this past season, looking strong for lengthy stretches of the regular season and winning the NFC East before faceplanting short of the NFC championship game. Sound familiar?

Dak Prescott turned in an MVP-level campaign, CeeDee Lamb had his best season as a pro (1,749 yards and 12 touchdowns receiving) and Micah Parsons was a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year. And all we’ll be talking about all offseason is a hideous wild-card loss at home to the younger and more inexperienced Packers that left owner Jerry Jones at a loss for words and Mike McCarthy’s job in limbo (it’s since been announced he’ll be back, but with no contract extension). And Dallas is searching for the same answers it’s been seeking since it last won the Super Bowl, made the Super Bowl and reached the NFC title game, all after the 1995 season.

As talented as the Cowboys are, this is a big year ahead. Jones called 2024 “all-in” at the Senior Bowl, with less emphasis on the future than on this upcoming season. It starts in the offseason, which has already seen Dallas pass on making a run at Bill Belichick, Dan Quinn leave to be head coach of the Commanders and Mike Zimmer replace him as defensive coordinator. Now there are key questions to be answered across the roster.

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Key free agents

OT Tyron Smith
RB Tony Pollard
C Tyler Biadasz
CB Stephon Gilmore
CB Jourdan Lewis
S Jayron Kearse
DE Dorance Armstrong Jr.

Who’s in/out: Gilmore wants to “run it back” with the Cowboys in 2024, but do they want the same? Would Pollard benefit from playing alongside a true second option in the backfield, or is he just the latest Cowboys running back whose drop in yards per carry is a bad omen? Is Smith, who reportedly wants to return, still an important part of the offensive line, or would Dallas be wise to look at his age (33) and injury history and draft his replacement in a deep tackle…

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Publish date : 2024-02-23 01:36:38

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