2. Stephon Gilmore, CB
This offseason, the usually ultra-conservative Cowboys went out and made some big trades. One of those was to land Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans to help make up for their error in judgment when they traded Amari Cooper for nothing at all. Cooks started slow but has been on fire as of late and has 497 yards and five touchdowns on 37 receptions.
Their other veteran addition was cornerback Stephon Gilmore. He was supposed to give them an elite duo with Trevon Diggs, who signed a massive extension in the offseason, but that didn't happen. Diggs was lost for the season before Week 3 and that meant Gilmore would need to be the No. 1 cornerback.
Dallas was fortunate enough to still have an electric secondary with the continued emergence of DaRon Bland. The top-rated corner according to PFF has eight interceptions and five of those have been returned for a touchdown, which is an NFL record.
Bland is currently getting all the headlines but Gilmore is quietly putting together another solid season. He's ranked a respectable 29th by PFF and has 41 tackles with 11 pass defenses and two picks. While he's been a steady veteran presence, he might not be back in 2024.
With Diggs expected to make a full recovery, the Cowboys are likely set on starting him and Bland in 2024 and beyond. They've also been using Israel Mukuamu in the slot at times, drafted Eric Scott, Jr. this year, and could still retain Jourdan Lewis for a fraction of what Gilmore could command.