3 Former Cowboys Who Will Fail Miserably With Their New Teams After Free Agency

Some players learn the hard way that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Look for these three former Dallas Cowboys to fail with their new teams after departing in free agency.

RB Tony Pollard is one of three ex-Cowboys who'll fail with his new team.
RB Tony Pollard is one of three ex-Cowboys who'll fail with his new team. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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2. LT Tyron Smith

After 13 productive seasons in Big D, left tackle Tyron Smith left the franchise to sign with the New York Jets on a one-year deal. Although most Cowboys fans only want the best for the 33-year-old veteran, finding success with the Jets is far from guaranteed.

First of all, the Jets are somewhat of an unknown commodity. Some experts viewed them as Super Bowl favorites last offseason, but we never got to see how valid that projection was since the season became a write-off the second that QB Aaron Rodgers tore his Achilles just four snaps into the campaign. Rodgers, 40, is now one year older and there's no telling if he can return to his pre-injury form.

Secondly, Smith isn't getting younger either. The former USC Trojan turns 34 in December and hasn't played a full season since 2015. Although he's earned two All-Pro nods and five Pro Bowl appearances since then, the fact that he's missed an average of about six games over the last eight seasons is concerning, to say the least.

It also doesn't help that Keith Carter is returning as New York's offensive line coordinator. Even though all of the shortcomings weren't his fault, the Jets had one of the worst O-lines in the league last season with Carter at the helm.

Again, I wish nothing but the best and a healthy season for Smith, but it's clear that joining the Jets could backfire.