Cowboys Free Agent Signs With NFC Rival That Dallas Will Face in 2024

Dallas Cowboys fans will see a familiar face in the opposing lineup when they face the Detroit Lions in Week 6 of the 2024 NFL season.
Former Cowboys TE Sean McKeon has joined the Lions.
Former Cowboys TE Sean McKeon has joined the Lions. / Jason Parkhurst-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys fans have been forced to watch several familiar faces leave the franchise throughout this NFL offseason. Beloved names like Tyron Smith, Tyler Biadasz, and Tony Pollard will all be playing with new franchises next season, leaving the fanbase to wonder who would be the next name to leave Big D.

Well, it turns out that the Cowboys faithful don't have to wait long for the next shoe to drop as another one of the team's 2024 free agents has found a new home.

Cowboys News: Sean McKeon Signs with Lions

The Detroit Lions announced a pair of free agent signings on Thursday, including that of tight end Sean McKeon. The former Michigan Wolverine had been with the Cowboys since joining the franchise as an undrafted free agent in 2020.

Despite a decent collegiate career, McKeon hasn't been able to put things together at the NFL level. The 26-year-old TE has only caught 6-of-11 career targets for 38 yards, one touchdown, and three first downs in 45 games (3 starts) across four seasons with Dallas.

But while he struggles as a pass-catcher, McKeon excels as a blocker. The Dudley, MA native registered a 79.2 pass block grade on Pro Football Focus last season — the 10th-best mark among TEs — one year after posting a mark of 80.0.

Dallas fans won't have to wait long to see McKeon in his new threads, though. The Cowboys are set to host the high-octane Lions at AT&T Stadium for a massive Week 6 afternoon showdown. Fortunately, Dallas hasn't lost to Detroit in over a decade, winning each of the last six matchups between these teams — including a 20-19 home victory back in December.

Based on what he showed with America's Team, it's unlikely that McKeon's signing moves the needle that much for the Lions. Nevertheless, best of luck to the veteran TE in his future endeavors.

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