3 Cowboys Most Affected by Dallas' Cheap Spending in Free Agency

The three Dallas Cowboys who will be most impacted by the team's cheap spending in free agency.

Jan 14, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) reacts after a play
Jan 14, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) reacts after a play / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Cowboys have been talked about for all the wrong reasons since NFL free agency opened. Dallas has come under fire for letting several key players walk and inking just one outside addition so far, leaving more holes than the team had entering the offseason.

Unfortunately, there's a few Cowboys who are likely to be most impacted by this cheap approach to free agency during the 2024 season.

1. Mike McCarthy

What a tough situation this has become for head coach Mike McCarthy.

The 2023 campaign ended on a whimper and another major letdown in the playoffs, leading to massive speculation that he'd be out of a job.

Instead, Jerry Jones opted to keep McCarthy around, noting his belief the former Super Bowl winner is the guy that can lead this squad to another title.

Yet, Jones' limited spending goes completely against that goal. This once-stout offensive line is now set to feature several new starters (possibly even rookies) in 2024, while the defense has lost a number of players who made a legit impact this past season.

If there were any doubts before, it's clear McCarthy is a lame duck HC heading into the final year of his contract. He's now set to lead a demonstrably worse roster but with the same championship expectations, which would be impossible for any coach to meet in the team's current state.

Making matters even more difficult is the fact McCarthy lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn this offseason to Washington. While the end of Quinn's Dallas tenure left a lot to be desired, there's no denying this unit's wholesale improvements since he took over.

McCarthy clearly wasted a talented roster this past year, and that's on him. However, if this team struggles in 2024, we have to point to the lack of free agency moves as a setup for his downfall.