Cowboys Free Agent States Clear Interest in Reunion This Offseason

The Dallas Cowboys veteran defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins wants to stay and run it back for another season.
October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches warm
October 8, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy watches warm / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys' offseason is in full swing and one of the top priorities for the organization is certainly retaining their talent to make a deep postseason run next year.

With 16 players hitting free agency this offseason, the Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones will have plenty of tough decisions to make. After making a few polarizing decisions already such as keeping head coach Mike McCarthy for another season, Jones will have all eyes on him to nail this offseason.

One of the free agent headliners for Dallas will be defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the veteran lineman has expressed his desire to stay in Dallas.

Cowboys DT Johnathan Hankins Wants to Stay in Dallas

Hankins was acquired by the Cowboys in a trade from the Raiders in 2022 and has been a solid contributor for the past two seasons. Not only did he prove to be a defensive upgrade, but he also provided valuable mentorship to young linemen like Chauncey Golston and Mazi Smith.

However, Hankins is about to turn 32. He had considered retirement last offseason before re-signing with the Cowboys.

Even though the Cowboys' season didn't end the way Hankins was hoping for, he doesn't seem to have retirement on his mind this time around. In fact, he says he has "unfinished business" and wants to get to the Super Bowl with Dallas.

The 2013 second-round pick had plenty to say about the embarrassing loss to the Green Bay Packers as well as his future with the team in the 21-minute video on his YouTube channel. Even after the disappointing end to the season, seeing a veteran player find extra motivation for the future is refreshing.

Perhaps that fuel will be infectious to the rest of the team and propel them to greater heights in 2024 if the Cowboys indeed choose to retain him.

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