Mar 13, 2024 - News

What the Dallas Cowboys have done so far this offseason

Deuce Vaughn runs the ball in a Cowboys uniform

Cowboys fans might be seeing a lot more of Deuce Vaughn soon. Photo: Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys are the only NFL team that didn't announce a signing in the first 24 hours of free agency.

Why it matters: They were the only team in the league to finish the 2023 regular season ranked in the top-5 in offense and defense, but flamed out in the playoffs yet again.

  • Now several of the team's stars are signing elsewhere, while Dallas appears hamstrung by salary cap limitations.

The latest: Starting running back Tony Pollard took a three-year deal with the Tennessee Titans, leaving second-year back Deuce Vaughn — the shortest player in the league — as their top running option.

Yes, but: Fans hoped this might mean the Cowboys would sign former Titans running back Derrick Henry — but he just committed to the Ravens.

Plus: The team hasn't re-signed star offensive tackle Tyron Smith — who's being targeted by the Super Bowl-champion Chiefs — and gave wide receiver Michael Gallup permission to seek a trade.

Meanwhile: Every other team in the Cowboys' division signed a big-name free-agent running back.

The big picture: Unless the team extends quarterback Dak Prescott's contract, his salary-cap hit this season is close to $60 million, nearly a quarter of the team's total allotted expenditures.

  • If receiver CeeDee Lamb's contract isn't extended, he's owed $17 million — leaving very little to sign free agents.

What we're watching: This financial conundrum could pave the way for the return of beloved veteran running back Ezekiel Elliott.

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