When you're fighting to finally make it back to Super Bowl contention and have the former conference champion in your division, you can't mess around. There's no room to keep a player on the roster just because he's a fan favorite or has a good relationship with the coaches.
Every single roster spot is going to be crucial for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023, and every player needs to either be a capable NFL contributor, or have the potential to become one very soon.
Even sharing a division with the Eagles, the Cowboys are one of the favorites to win the NFC this season.
If we want to reach the pinnacle, it's going to take a full 53-man effort. That's why fans can expect to be saying goodbye to these veterans before training camp is over.
4 Cowboys Veterans Who Will Be Training Camp Cuts
Cornerback Jourdan Louis has had a long career with the Cowboys, seeing plenty of playing time off the bench and as a spot starter, but there's just too much working against him this offseason.
The Lisfranc injury that cost him the bulk of the 2022 season, and threatens to limit him again this year. Reports are that he's "hopeful" to avoid the PUP list, which is not a great sign.
Additionally, the cornerback room is suddenly looking very crowded after Dallas added Stephon Gilmore and saw that DaRon Bland can be a serviceable option.
Lewis was only mediocre in coverage last year, allowing a 73.1% completion percentage when targeted, and Pro Football Focus hasn’t given him an overall grade north of 62.0 since 2019.
Cutting Lewis would free up over $4 million in cap space, and that could be the final straw.