4 Cowboys Free Agents Most Likely to Walk This Offseason

With the NFL's free agency period quickly approaching, don't be surprised if these four Dallas Cowboys players are the most likely to hit the open market.
OT Tyron Smith is one of the most likely Cowboys free agents to walk this offseason.
OT Tyron Smith is one of the most likely Cowboys free agents to walk this offseason. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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NFL enthusiasts are glowing with anticipation as this year's free agency period opens on March 13. The Dallas Cowboys are in for a busy offseason with 13 players set to become free agents as the franchise sits $4 million over the salary cap, per Spotrac.

In other words, the Cowboys can't afford to re-sign all of their free agents, regardless of how badly they'd like to. Some tough decisions must be made in the coming weeks, meaning there's a good chance that Dallas fans have already seen certain players' last game representing America's Team.

With that in mind, here are four Cowboys free agents who will most likely walk this offseason.

1. OT Tyron Smith

Tyron Smith has been one of the NFL's best offensive tackles ever since he was drafted ninth overall back in 2011. He consistently offers elite protection whenever he's healthy, proven by his earning All-Pro second-team honors after earning the highest Pro Football Focus pass-blocking grade (89.3) among 81 OTs in 2023.

But as much as Cowboys fans would love to see Smith return, it doesn't look like a reunion is in the cards. NFL insider Ian Rapoport recently reported that the 33-year-old veteran blocker is "unlikely" to return to Dallas for a 14th season after it looked like the two sides were making progress.

All good things must come to an end, but that doesn't mean losing Smith will hurt any less. The Cowboys' offensive line will take a huge step back without him and while finding a potential replacement in the 2024 NFL Draft is a possibility, you can't expect a rookie to perform at the same level as the ex-USC Trojan, who's been named to eight Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams.

Smith has provided Cowboys fans with great memories over the last 13 years and now it's likely time to say goodbye. Hopefully, he will find success wherever his career takes him next.