3 Dallas Cowboys starters who could soon be surprise cuts

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Dallas Cowboys cut No. 3: Jourdan Lewis, NCB

Since the Dallas Cowboys drafted Jourdan Lewis in the 2017 NFL Draft, he’s played a critical depth role on defense. The 5-foot-11 CB from Michigan never quite fit Dallas’ prototype at his position and cast into a permanent slot role as a result.

Playing in the nickel package, Lewis has served as the Cowboys CB3 as of late. Re-signed in 2021 to three-year extension, Dallas surprised people when they retained Lewis just one year after the re-signed Anthony Brown, another CB best in the slot.

Dallas is lucky they did because need cast Brown permanently outside and demanded Lewis start inside covering the slot. If Lewis was healthy right now he’d play a big role in the Cowboys secondary right now, the only problem is he’s not healthy…

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Out for season with a nasty Lisfranc injury, Lewis may have a hard time bouncing back in 2023. The injury can have a difficult recovery and long recovery time, meaning he may not get to full strength anytime soon.

The Dallas Cowboys could very well decide to cut him in the offseason and start fresh at CB3 since there’s a chance Lewis may not be able to contribute much in 2023 anyway. Doing so will save $5M against the cap so it’s certainly a topic that will be discussed this offseason.

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The wrap-up

At the end of the day, the Cowboys can go a number of different ways with these veterans. All three are considered starters but cutting all three results in significant savings. The Dallas Cowboys didn’t touch any of the contracts this past offseason, indicating they wanted to keep their option to cut a possibility this winter.

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This will be interesting to watch and will go a long way in explaining what the Cowboys plan to do going forward.