3. Stephon Gilmore, CB
The veteran cornerback was thrust into a much larger role than anticipated last season following Trevon Diggs' season-ending injury. The 33-year-old stepped up admirably and provided consistent high-level play alongside second-year cornerback DaRon Bland. Gilmore was perhaps the main reason that kept the Cowboys' secondary afloat despite the injury to their best player.
This should draw plenty of interest for him in free agency, even though he is getting up there in age. Dallas would love to bring him back next year, but it's hard to justify given the embarrassment of riches in the position, and the contract Gilmore will likely demand. OverTheCap has his 2024 valuation at $7.6 million, which should be too pricey for the Cowboys' liking.
Diggs and Bland will have the primary roles opposite of each other and should be one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL. There is a chance Dallas would want to move Bland to the slot and keep Gilmore while parting ways with Jourdan Lewis, yet this seems unlikely.
Gilmore was exactly what the Cowboys were hoping for when they traded for him last offseason. He was the veteran presence the team needed for its depleted secondary. Ironically, Gilmore played himself out of a contract with the Cowboys, making him a one-year gun for hire until Dallas got their guys back.