6 Free Agents Jerry Jones Will Regret Passing On in 2024

The Cowboys should have gone after these 6 free agents

Derrick Henry
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2. Marquise Brown, WR

The passing game was off to a slow start in 2023 but eventually, they figured things out. Dak Prescott finished the year with 4,516 yards and 36 touchdown passes — which had him in the MVP conversation. CeeDee Lamb was his favorite target, hauling in 135 passes for 1,749 yards with 12 touchdowns.

Dallas also had a huge performance from tight end Jake Ferguson, who had 761 yards and five touchdowns on 71 receptions. Brandin Cooks, who wasn't used correctly early in the season as they were force-feeding Michael Gallup, also had a strong campaign with 657 yards and eight touchdowns.

Heading into 2024, they still have those three players but will need to replace the production Gallup and Tony Pollard gave them in the passing game. Jalen Tolbert, Rico Dowdle, and KaVontae Turpin will help but it would have been wise to add a receiver in free agency — especially since they left holes at offensive tackle, center, linebacker, defensive tackle, and running back. There are only so many contributors they can find in the NFL Draft, so going for a bargain veteran would have been brilliant.

A perfect option for them was Marquise Brown, a former first-round pick who can stretch the field with his speed. Brown had 1,008 yards in 2021 for the Baltimore Ravens and was traded to the Arizona Cardinals that offseason. He spent two seasons there and had 118 receptions for 1,283 yards and seven touchdowns.

Those weren't the numbers he expected and it led to him taking a smaller contract in free agency than he hoped. Brown signed with the Kansas City Chiefs for one year at $7 million. K.C. will surely benefit from this move but the Cowboys should regret not trying to lure the Oklahoma product to Dallas.