The Dallas Cowboys are entering a crucial offseason. Owner Jerry Jones made it clear that he had no intention of building for the future and wanted to go all-in for 2024.
Head coach Mike McCarthy and key Cowboys players have to prove that they can win it all next season. In this regard, Dallas made some coaching changes, most notably reportedly bringing in Mike Zimmer as the new defensive coordinator.
Now, it's time to build out the roster for next season. One of the most important ways to do that is the free agency, which will begin in March. The Cowboys have a few important pending free agents on the roster and they can't afford to make a mistake in deciding who to retain or let go.
One of these decisions is regarding veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore. It seems like the Pro Bowl corner wants to run it back for another year in Dallas.
Cowboys News: Impending FA Stephon Gilmore Wants to Stay in Dallas
In an interview with 105.3 The Fan. former NFL Defensive Player of the Year said he wants to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys in free agency and be a part of the group to try to win it all.
Even though Gilmore's willingness to stay with the team is an excellent sign for the Cowboys, it's unclear whether Dallas will give him the contract he needs.
The 33-year-old corner was exactly what the Cowboys hoped for when they traded for him last offseason. He was thrust into a larger role following Trevon Diggs' season-ending injury and he performed admirably alongside DaRon Bland, creating one of the most formidable secondaries in the league.
But now, Diggs is coming back and Bland has established himself as one of the best corners in the NFL. Keeping Gilmore might be a luxury the Cowboys can't afford. Moving Bland to the slot and keeping Gilmore is an option the Cowboys could potentially consider, but it seems unlikely.
OverTheCap projects his contract valuation at $7.6 million, a number that may be too high for the Cowboys.
Gilmore's postseason experience as a Super Bowl winner would be extremely valuable for a team trying to take the next step like Dallas. Whether the Cowboys feel that he is a must-retain for that reason remains to be seen.