3 Aging Cowboys Veterans Who Should Be Replaced in the NFL Draft

The Cowboys need to look for younger replacements for these veterans.
Dallas Cowboys, Brandin Cooks
Dallas Cowboys, Brandin Cooks / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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1. Brandin Cooks, WR

Dallas is about to be in the midst of a contract negotiation with CeeDee Lamb, who went off in 2023. The former Oklahoma Sooner has become an elite wide receiver and is going to get paid as such. The problem for Dallas is that he doesn’t have much help around him.

After releasing Michael Gallup, they now have Lamb, Brandin Cooks, and Jalen Tolbert as their top three wideouts. Tolbert made progress in year two but still has a lot of room for growth. Cooks has been a 1,000-yard receiver for much of his career but got off to a slow start with the Cowboys.

Cooks finished with 54 receptions for 657 yards on the season. He did have eight touchdown receptions but overall, they were expecting more. Now with Gallup out, the pressure will really be on Cooks, who turns 31 in September — and is in the final year of his contract.

Dallas hopes he remains the same player they saw close out the 2023 campaign but his age could be a reason for concern. They should protect themselves by adding someone they believe can push Tolbert while potentially replacing Cooks in 2025 — since they’re highly unlikely to re-sign him after paying Lamb.

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