The NFL’s free agency period starts March 15 and we’ve got all the Dallas Cowboys 2023 free agency signings covered. As Cowboys-related news breaks, this page will be updated to keep you in the loop.
At the time of this writing, the Cowboys have already made some significant moves.
Tony Pollard Returning To Big D
Tony Pollard played his best football in the 2022 season. He set multiple career highs both as a rusher and receiver.
The Cowboys didn’t reward Pollard’s success with a multi-year deal. Instead, the team signed the 25-year-old to the franchise tag. That means Pollard will count for $10.09 million against the salary cap.
Pollard and the Cowboys have until July 15th to work out a new deal, otherwise the RB will once again be a free agent after the 2023 season.
Cowboys Place Tender On Terence Steele
Dallas signed Terence Steele to a second-round restricted free agent tender. This move will cost the Cowboys just $4.3 million, which is a great price for what Steele contributes.
However, another team can still take a swing at Steele by offering a better contract. But Dallas has the right to match that deal and keep the RT in Big D. If the Cowboys refuse to match, Steele’s new team will get the RT but must also forfeit its next second-pick draft pick to the Cowboys.
It’s unlikely a team will want to offer a higher number and give up an early draft selection, so the odds of Steele returning to Dallas are high. He’ll play on a one-year deal unless the Cowboys can sign him to a long-term contract, which is reportedly in the works.
Last season was Steele’s third in the NFL, and he’s continued improving as his career progresses. His strength is run blocking, which Pro Football Focus gave him an 82.1 player grade – the sixth-highest grade among offensive tackles.
Cowboys Sign Brett Maher’s (Possible) Replacement
Brett Maher had one of the strangest seasons we’ve ever seen. He was money in the regular season, making 90.6% of his field goals and 94.3% of his extra points.
Then, things went horribly in round one of the playoffs. Maher went just 1/5 on extra points, but the Cowboys still beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with ease.
Then, Dallas signed Tristan Vizcaino to the roster in case Maher’s week of practice was poor enough to warrant a benching. Maher would retain his job and went 2/2 on field goals but missed his lone extra point try.
After the loss, Jerry Jones said the team would be “starting over” at kicker. Though, we still don’t know what that means.
What we do know is the Cowboys re-signed Vizcaino to compete for the starting job in training camp. Maher will become a free agent on March 15th, and time will tell if Dallas brings him back to try retaining his job.
Vizcaino has been a career backup, playing for four teams in three seasons. Dallas is certain to bring in more kickers to compete with the 26-year-old in training camp.
Cowboys Live Free Agency Tracker
Below is a list of all the Cowboys news that has broken so far in free agency. This will be updated live as more reports come in.
- G Connor McGovern is joining the Buffalo Bills on a three-year, $23 deal.
- LB Luke Gifford and the Tennessee Titans have agreed on a two-year, $5 million deal.
- S Donovan Wilson is re-signing with Dallas on a three-year, $24 million contract.
- WR Noah Brown will join the Houston Texans on a one-year deal.
- The Cowboys have acquired Indianapolis Colts CB Stephon Gilmore. In exchange, Dallas is sending a 2023 compensatory fifth round pick to Indianapolis.
- LB Leighton Vander Esch and the Cowboys have agreed to a two-year, $11 million deal.
- The Cowboys are releasing Ezekiel Elliott, clearing $10.9 million in cap space.
- Special teams ace CB C.J. Goodwin has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cowboys.
- QB Cooper Rush will return to Big D on a two-year, $6 million deal.
- The Cowboys are acquiring WR Brandin Cooks from the Texans in exchange for a 2023 4th round pick and a 2024 6th round selection.
- Long snapper Jake McQuaide will be joining the Detroit Lions.
- TE Dalton Schultz has signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Texans.
- Dallas has inked a contract with OL Chuma Edoga who previously spent time with the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons.
- The Cowboys and two-time Super Bowl champion RB Ronald Jones II agreed to a one-year deal.
- DE Dante Fowler will be returning to Big D for a single-season contract.
- Former Las Vegas Raiders LS Trent Sieg signed a one-year, $1.08 million agreement with the Cowboys.
- DE Takk McKinley will re-sign with the Cowboys.