5 Cowboys Players Who Will Be Gone if Mike McCarthy is Fired

If HC Mike McCarthy is given the axe in Dallas following an early postseason exit, these five Cowboys players could find themselves playing elsewhere sooner than later.

RB Tony Pollard is one of five Cowboys players who could be gone if HC Mike McCarthy is fired.
RB Tony Pollard is one of five Cowboys players who could be gone if HC Mike McCarthy is fired. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Stephon Gilmore, CB

Stephone Gilmore was brought in last offseason to help beef up an already-elite defense. It ended up being a fairly good move as the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year only allowed a 55.8% completion rate and 82.7 passer rating on 95 targets while recording 68 tackles, 13 broken-up passes, and a pair of interceptions.

Gilmore's future in Dallas is now up in the air for a few reasons. For starters, he's a free agent this offseason. Secondly, he's set to undergo shoulder surgery in the coming days and considering how he'll turn 34 shortly after the 2024 campaign begins, the Cowboys might be unsure of his ability to make a full recovery.

The Cowboys already have Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland in the cornerback room, so it isn't as if they'd be lost if they don't re-sign Gilmore. He's also played for four different teams in the last four seasons, meaning his departure — regardless of whether McCarthy stays or not — is a legitimate possibility.