5 Cowboys Free Agents Most Likely to Re-Sign This Offseason

Looking at the most likely Dallas Cowboys free agents who will re-sign with the team this offseason.

Nov 23, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (23) runs the ball in
Nov 23, 2023; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Rico Dowdle (23) runs the ball in / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Rico Dowdle

Running back could be another position group outside of the offensive line that sees major changes this offseason. Dallas has made it clear it's happy to let Tony Pollard test the market following a down season, which opens the door for a new starter to arrive via free agency or the draft.

The Cowboys are also allowing main backup Rico Dowdle to see what he can get on the open market. That being said, a return seems much more likely between these two parties.

Dowdle helped bring a physical runner to the backfield that was needed after Ezekiel Elliott's departure. His yards per carry (4.1) wasn't very impressive, but the team's entire ground game took a step back in 2023, so that can't be held against him too much.

Dowdle also flashed some intriguing potential during his Week 10 breakout, popping off for 79 yards on just 12 attempts (6.6 YPC) and a touchdown.

At the very least, Dowdle is worth re-signing as a depth option. He has barely any tread on his tires despite being almost 26 years old, as he's logged only 96 career rushes to this point. There could be potential still waiting to be tapped here that's worth giving another year on.

5. Tony Pollard

Many aren't expecting Tony Pollard to be back in 2024 with the Cowboys signaling they won't aggressively pursue a new deal. However, the seeds for a return have recently been planted.

Ultimately, a reunion could benefit both sides. Pollard didn't have the 2023 showing he would've liked, and he's overshadowed by several stars hitting the market. Even the top rushers aren't making tons nowadays, so Pollard's chances of cashing in elsewhere aren't strong.

As a result, he could return to a familiar environment and hope to generate more interest for 2025, while the Cowboys get an affordable RB1 to fit their self-imposed budget.

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