Cowboys Reportedly Outbid to Keep Key Free Agent

The Dallas Cowboys continue losing key pieces in their disappointing free agency period.
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The Dallas Cowboys' offseason from hell continues. Not only did they sign exactly 1 (one) free agent so far, but they also keep losing key players.

The latest departure in Dallas is defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is reportedly signing with the Seattle Seahawks, according to Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News.

Johnathan Hankins is the Next Dallas Cowboy to Depart in Free Agency

This is another big blow to the Dallas Cowboys. Jerry Jones, who had promised to go all-in this offseason, has failed to retain another key veteran, specifically for financial reasons.

Last week, defensive end Dorance Armstrong also left in free agency while linebacker Leighton Vander Esch retired. The defensive line that brought plenty of success to Dallas in recent years will look very different next year.

This was in addition to other key departures. Their starting running back Tony Pollard, as well as two key offensive line starters in Tyron Smith and Tyler Biadasz also signed with other teams.

That is simply too many starters to lose without suitable replacements.

The free agent market is shrinking every passing hour. There are only a few starting-caliber players available left on the market for each position. And the Cowboys still have salary cap issues they have to resolve to create more space.

Hankins had been a key contributor in Dallas ever since the Cowboys traded for him during the 2022 season. He played in 19 regular-season and three playoff games in that span. He had expressed his desire to return to Dallas for another year, but the Cowboys leadership failed one of their own once again.

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