4 Pending Free Agents Cowboys Must Re-Sign This Offseason

If winning the Super Bowl in 2025 is the ultimate goal, the Dallas Cowboys must re-sign these four players this offseason.

OT Tyron Smith is one of four pending Cowboys free agents who must be re-signed this offseason.
OT Tyron Smith is one of four pending Cowboys free agents who must be re-signed this offseason. / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Dorance Armstrong, DE

Dorance Armstrong seems to be one of those players who just gets better with each passing year.

The veteran defensive end broke out in 2022 despite starting in just five of 17 appearances, tallying a career-high 8.5 sacks. Even though he started in four fewer games this past season, he was still productive, racking up 7.5 sacks, 20 solo tackles, and 34 total pressures.

The below chart also illustrates how Armstrong's PFF grades improved from last year.

Year

Overall Defense

Run Defense

Tackling

Pass Rush

Coverage

2023

70.1

58.2

71.4

70.1

72.4

2022

61.8

57.5

56.0

62.3

68.0

Considering how the Cowboys were PFF's second-best team in terms of pass rush, it isn't hard to see just how important Armstrong was to that success. Signing him to another one- or two-year deal makes a lot of sense given the size of Dallas' championship window.