In the salary cap era of the NFL, rosters inevitably undergo an annual churn every off-season. This reality is especially true on the Dallas Cowboys who are aggressively frugal with their roster spending and are constantly on the lookout for younger and cheaper options.
Talent plays a part in roster decisions but money is often the driving force. Such is the case when the decision-makers gate to keep every dollar they don’t spend – but that’s a topic for another day…
The offseason of 2023 will no doubt see plenty of churn to the roster. With Trevon Diggs, Micah Parsons and CeeDee Lamb one year closer to free agency, Stephen Jones will surely be tightening the belt in anticipation.
For the Dallas Cowboys to move forward, they will have to say goodbye to these five players this winter.
We start with a progress stopper…
Noah Brown, WR
After years of grinding and developing, Noah Brown has finally hit his ceiling. Used early in his career as a blocking specialist, Brown carved out a role as one of Kellen Moore’s favorite tools. Brown is an effective blocker lined up in the formation, spread out, or even on the move.
When the Cowboys lost Dak Prescott early in the season and Cooper Rush had to take over, Noah brown became one of Rush’s favorite targets. The duo played a big role in the Cowboys success early on and helped Dallas survive a period of time without Prescott, Michael Gallup, and Tyron Smith.
Brown’s breakout season lost its luster when Dak Prescott made it back into the starting lineup. Dropped passes lead to some distrust as Brown faded down the depth chart while players like Gallup and T.Y. Hilton rose up.
It appears Brown has now become a progress-stopper in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys have two young receivers in Simi Fehoko and Jalen Tolbert they would like to develop and with Brown on the roster the opportunities to advance are limited.
Young players have two things Stephen Jones loves:
- Higher ceilings
- Lower paychecks
Noah Brown’s time is likely up in Dallas