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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4. Trey Lance, QB

Dallas' quarterback room is already filled for the 2024 season as Dak Prescott, Cooper Rush, and Trey Lance each have one year remaining on their respective contracts. However, of the three aforementioned gunslingers, I could see Lance being sent packing this offseason.

The Cowboys sent a fourth-round pick to the San Francisco 49ers to acquire the former 2021 third-overall selection back in August. Although some thought Lance would challenge Rush for the backup QB job, that proved to not be the case as the former North Dakota State signal-caller didn't even wind up starting a single game, spending the season as the emergency QB instead.

Fast forward to now and Lance is slated to carry a whopping $5.3 million cap hit in 2024, which is too much whether he's the QB2 or QB3. I understand that he's only 23 years old and could, in theory, improve, but that's still a lot of money for a quarterback who's only made five starts since the beginning of the 2020 NCAA college football season.

Any new head coach worth his salt should tell Jerry Jones that Lance must go. Even if the new bench boss doesn't have a ton of faith in Prescott, the Cowboys can still look for a replacement either in the 2024 or 2025 drafts.

After the shortcomings that led to the Cowboys' postseason demise, Lance's salary can be better used elsewhere.