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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2. Tyron Smith, LT

All eyes are on the Cowboys to see how they handle Tyron Smith's free agency situation.

Smith has been an integral part of Dallas' offensive line for over a decade, starting 161 games since being drafted ninth overall in 2011. The former USC blocker has been one of the best tackles throughout his time in the league, being named All-Pro five times and to the Pro Bowl on eight occasions while even being named to the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.

Having said that, Smith hits free agency in March and his future in Big D is unclear. While many would love to see him return (myself included), Jerry Jones & Co. could feel a different way. After all, Smith turns 34 later this year and hasn't played a full season since 2015. Despite how good he is, the Cowboys might not want to continue paying him big bucks — especially with their being an estimated $14.2 million over the salary cap, per Spotrac.

If Smith is willing to take a major pay cut, another season or two in Dallas isn't out of the question. If not, the Cowboys might attempt to replace him by using their first-round pick on a cheaper, younger option.