12 Cowboys Who Won't Return Next Season

Now that the Cowboys' offseason has officially begun following the Super Bowl, don't expect to see these 12 players in a Dallas jersey next NFL season.

RB Tony Pollard is one of 12 Cowboys who won't return for the 2024 NFL season.
RB Tony Pollard is one of 12 Cowboys who won't return for the 2024 NFL season. / Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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12. Jayron Kearse, S

The 2023 campaign marked Jayron Kearse's third straight as a Cowboys starter. But even though he's become a mainstay on defense, his future in Dallas is uncertain following an underwhelming season.

Kearse struggled in coverage this year, giving up 25 receptions for 307 receiving yards on 38 targets. He allowed a career-worst 12.3 receiving yards per reception and received the fifth-worst coverage grade (43.6) among 96 eligible safeties on PFF. In fact, his overall grade of 44.9 was the second-worst mark at his position.

Considering how the Cowboys had one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, it isn't hard to imagine things improving by removing Kearse from the equation. Addition by subtraction, right? Besides, it shouldn't be tough for Dallas to find someone who can do his job but better, whether that's through the open market or draft.

After turning 30 on Super Bowl Sunday, Kearse is at the age where he won't get better than what he's shown. The Cowboys should cut their losses and move on while he attempts a turnaround with another organization.

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