3 Underrated Cowboys Who Have Earned Contract Extensions

Don't overlook these underrated Cowboys players who deserve contract extensions.

Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) blocks Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance
Green Bay Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) blocks Dallas Cowboys defensive end Dorance / MARK HOFFMAN/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL
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When you hear the words "contract extension" and "Cowboys" together, the obvious association is going to be "Dak Prescott." And while extending Dak is going to be crucial for the Cowboys' Super Bowl hopes, it's not always those headline-grabbing moves that prove to be most important.

This Cowboys roster is one of the deepest Dallas has seen in years, and it's important to be proactive in keeping some of this talent around.

Here are three underrated Cowboys who should be extended this offseason.

1. Juanyeh Thomas

Juanyeh Thomas has one more year left on his contract, but the time to act on extending him is now, because a new deal could be a lot more expensive next offseason.

A 2022 undrafted free agent who looked like he was only really on the roster as a special teamer, injuries (and garbage time in blowouts) allowed Thomas to see extended run in a few games this season. He made the most of those looks.

Thomas was thrown at 16 times in coverage, and he held opposing quarterbacks to 6.7 yards per attempt on those looks, recording 4 pass breakups. He was also solid against the run, with 7 of his 12 solo tackles being "stops" (a metric from Pro Football Focus that counts when a tackle causes a play that hurts the offense's expected points on a drive — so something like stuffing a running back for 2 yards on 3rd and 3 would be a "stop").

With the Cowboys potentially losing Jayron Kearse and Jourdan lewis from the secondary, Thomas could earn himself some significant playing time this season, and extending him now is the move.