3 Cowboys Free Agents Who Could Still Re-Sign With Dallas

The Cowboys still have a few in-house options to strengthen their 2024 roster

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On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys kicked off Week 2 of free agency by re-signing Rico Dowdle. It's not the splashy move fans have been begging for but they finally have a running back on the roster who has had some success during the regular season.

The South Carolina product finally got his chance in 2023 and finished with 361 yards rushing and 144 receiving with four total touchdowns. He made the most of each touch and averaged 4.1 yards per carry, making him a more attractive option than Deuce Vaughn at this point.

While this was a smart move, it shouldn't be their last. The Cowboys need to continue to look at outside free agents but there are three more players they could bring back.

3. Johnathan Hankins, DT

After years of begging for a run-stuffing nose tackle, Cowboys nation got its wish in 2022. Ahead of the trade deadline, they sent a sixth-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for Johnathan Hankins and a seventh-rounder.

Hankins made an instant impact as the opposing team had a much tougher time moving the ball on the ground when he was anchoring the line of scrimmage. In 2023, he was re-signed on a one-year deal and started 14 games. Much like 2023, his numbers were modest — 27 tackles and 3.0 sacks — but his worth goes well beyond that.

Dallas currently has just Mazi Smith on the roster capable of playing the 1-tech and they made him lose 30 pounds last year. Perhaps they allowed him to get back to his normal weight but if not, they have to bring Hankins back. Even if they have allowed this to happen, re-signing Hankins would be a prudent move since Smith is still an unknown commodity.