4. Jayron Kearse, S
The Cowboys have done an excellent job developing safeties during Dan Quinn's tenure. Despite undervaluing the position for a long time, Dallas was able to get consistently high-level production from its secondary thanks to Quinn. The signing of Jayron Kearse, along with Malik Hooker and Damonae Kazee, helped build some of the strongest defensive backfields in the league.
However, Kearse's fate was sealed when the Cowboys decided to prioritize fellow safeties last offseason when they gave contract extensions to Hooker and Donovan Wilson. Even though Kearse played the best football of his career in Dallas, there are simply too many high-level safeties on the roster who can replace him next year.
Plus, Kearse is turning 30 years old and safety is a young man's game. He already showed a significant decline in 2023 as he blew more coverages and missed more tackles than he had in his previous two seasons combined.
His next contract will likely start looking bad as he continues to lose a step. As good as Kearse has been in the past for the Cowboys, they shouldn't find it too difficult to replicate his production with younger, more affordable players.
Not ready to start thinking about the offseason yet? Then you'll probably want to cash in your guaranteed $150 from FanDuel Sportsbook! All you have to do is deposit $10 and bet $5 on either Conference Championship game, and you'll automatically be awarded that full $150 bonus whether you win or lose.