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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2. RB Rico Dowdle

Although Rico Dowdle first joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2021, the former South Carolina rusher didn't see that big of a role until last season. After all, hip and ankle injuries sidelined him for the majority of the 2021 and 2022 campaigns.

Nevertheless, Dowdle made the most of his opportunities in 2023. Playing as the No. 2 running back behind Tony Pollard, the 25-year-old turned 89 carries into 361 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns while also converting 17 receptions into another 144 yards and two more scores across 16 games without a start.

Spotrac projects Dowdle to earn $2 million annually on his next contract. While that isn't a ton of money, it's a lot in this instance given the Cowboys' uninspiring cap situation. Additionally, Dallas Morning News' Michael Gehlken reports that Dallas is likely to re-sign fellow UFA RB Tony Pollard before drafting a "cheap, fresh-leg back to complement him" in April.

With the Cowboys already having Malik Davis, Deuce Vaughn, and Snoop Conner under contract through the 2025 season, there isn't much incentive to bring Dowdle back. He's a decent rusher, but there isn't anything about his game that makes him irreplaceable.