|Offense||5th||149.8 (2nd)||226.9 (23rd)|
|Defense||14th||83.5 (1st)||260.4 (26th)|
|76||Ash, Richard||NT||6-3||333||8/4/1992||1||Western Michigan|
|5||Bailey, Dan||K||6-0||195||1/26/1988||7||Oklahoma State|
|11||Beasley, Cole||WR||5-8||180||4/26/1989||6||Southern Methodist|
|Bell, Byron||T||6-5||340||1/17/1989||7||New Mexico|
|Blanton, Robert||DB||6-1||200||9/7/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|88||Bryant, Dez||WR||6-2||220||11/4/1988||8||Oklahoma State|
|19||Butler, Brice (FA)||WR||6-3||215||1/29/1990||5||San Diego State|
|Cleary, Emmett||T||6-7||324||4/27/1990||3||Boston College|
|71||Collins, La'el||G||6-4||321||7/26/1993||3||Louisiana State|
|64||Cooper, Jonathan||G||6-2||310||1/19/1990||5||North Carolina|
|98||Crawford, Tyrone||DE||6-4||285||11/22/1989||6||Boise State|
|DeBord, Clay||T||6-6||305||5/13/1992||1||Eastern Washington|
|25||Dunbar, Lance (FA)||RB||5-8||195||1/25/1990||5||North Texas|
|56||Durant, Justin (FA)||LB||6-1||230||9/21/1985||11||Hampton|
|Edwards, Kadeem||G||6-4||305||1/24/1991||2||Tennessee State|
|21||Elliott, Ezekiel||RB||6-0||225||7/22/1995||2||Ohio State|
|35||Frazier, Kavon||SS||6-0||217||8/11/1994||2||Central Michigan|
|52||Gachkar, Andrew (FA)||OLB||6-2||224||11/4/1988||7||Missouri|
|George, Jeremiah||LB||5-11||234||1/24/1992||3||Iowa State|
|Hamlett, Connor||TE||6-7||259||4/12/1992||1||Oregon State|
|38||Heath, Jeff||SS||6-1||212||5/14/1991||5||Saginaw Valley State|
|95||Irving, David||DT||6-7||273||8/18/1993||3||Iowa State|
|90||Lawrence, Demarcus||DE||6-3||270||4/28/1992||4||Boise State|
|50||Lee, Sean||OLB||6-2||238||7/22/1986||8||Penn State|
|73||Looney, Joe||G||6-3||315||8/31/1990||5||Wake Forest|
|Lotulelei, John||LB||5-11||235||12/4/1991||3||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|70||Martin, Zack||G||6-4||310||11/20/1990||4||Notre Dame|
|55||McClain, Rolando (FA)||MLB||6-4||255||7/14/1989||6||Alabama|
|23||McFadden, Leon||DB||5-10||190||10/26/1990||4||San Diego State|
|McKinnon, Jeremiah||DB||5-11||192||6/29/1993||1||Florida International|
|17||Moore, Kellen||QB||6-0||200||7/12/1989||6||Boise State|
|Moore, Damontre||DE||6-5||250||9/11/1992||5||Texas A&M|
|46||Morris, Alfred||RB||5-10||224||12/12/1988||6||Florida Atlantic|
|Nwachukwu, Uzoma||WR||5-11||198||12/15/1990||1||Texas A&M|
|Paea, Stephen||DT||6-1||300||5/11/1988||7||Oregon State|
|4||Prescott, Dak||QB||6-2||226||7/29/1993||2||Mississippi State|
|32||Scandrick, Orlando||CB||5-10||196||2/10/1987||10||Boise State|
|Seamster, Sammy||DB||6-0||205||2/5/1991||2||Middle Tennessee State|
|7||Showers, Jameill||QB||6-2||230||9/6/1991||1||Texas-El Paso|
|54||Smith, Jaylon||OLB||6-2||240||6/14/1995||1||Notre Dame|
|41||Smith, Keith||FB||6-0||232||4/8/1992||4||San Jose State|
|Smith, Rod||RB||6-3||231||1/10/1992||3||Ohio State|
|26||Thomas, Josh (FA)||DB||5-11||196||5/3/1989||7||Buffalo|
|92||Thornton, Cedric||DT||6-4||309||6/21/1988||6||Southern Arkansas|
|13||Whitehead, Lucky||WR||5-9||180||6/2/1992||3||Florida Atlantic|
|51||Wilber, Kyle||OLB||6-4||245||4/26/1989||6||Wake Forest|
|Wood, Zach||LS||6-3||262||1/10/1993||R||Southern Methodist|
|52||Harris, Jerrell (IR)||LB||6-3||242||7/8/1989||1||Alabama|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
It was announced Friday that Smith was on track to participate in OTAs and training camp before making his NFL debut in 2017, and it's now clearer how far he has progressed in rehab. He reportedly can lift his toes and foot on his own for the first time since suffering the injury. He has a long way to go in recovery but it looks increasingly likely that he'll eventually make a full recovery.
Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.
McFadden signed a veteran's minimum benefit contract, which means part of his $900,000 base salary will not count against the Cowboys' cap, though he'll still receive the money if he's with the team. While the cap benefit works in his favor, it's still quite telling that he settled for a contract with only $80,000 guaranteed, suggesting his value plummeted in the wake of a season that was mostly lost to a broken elbow. McFadden could still have a shot at the top backup job, as Alfred Morris has a larger contract and less versatility. Of the two, Morris is probably the one who would find his roster spot in jeopardy if the Cowboys were to select a running back or two in the upcoming draft.
The Cowboys' defensive line lacks star power but has been effective lately in getting to the opposition QB, and it was Collins' turn to shine Sunday. The rookie has just 12 tackles in eight games though, so this performance isn't likely to push him into IDP prominence.
Getting his first taste of postseason action, Elliott gashed the Packers defense for 5.7 yards per carry while recording a modest long gain of 22 yards. The opposition stiffened at times, but the Cowboys remained interested in running the ball and Elliott had a very impactful game, although his team came up just short in the end. After leading the NFL in rushing, scoring 15 touchdowns and earning a Pro-Bowl appearance in his rookie campaign, the young running back's arrow is pointing straight up heading into 2017.
Other than the occasional jet sweep, Whitehead's involvement on offense remained low during his second NFL season, but with Cole Beasley seeing more work as the Cowboys' slot receiver, Whitehead added primary punt return duties to his portfolio in addition to returning kickoffs. With Terrance Williams potentially not coming back in 2017 there could be more snaps and targets available for Whitehead next season, but as yet he hasn't convinced the coaching staff he can be a reliable receiving option.
Frederick and fellow lineman Tyron Smith's restructured deals will reportedly open over $17 million worth of cap space for the Cowboys heading into the new league year. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4 million extension with Dallas last August.
The move created an additional $8.16 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys. The team converted $10.2 million of his $11.039 million base salary in 2015 into a signing bonus.
The 24-year-old left tackle is entering his fifth season with the Cowboys after being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro in 2014.
Blanton played for the Bills last season, accumulating 35 combined tackles in 10 games. He was on the field for 25 percent of Buffalo's defensive snaps and 35 percent of its special teams snaps, and will likely fill a reserve role for the Cowboys going forward behind starting free safety Byron Jones.
After reeling off at least 16 YPC and 600 yards in each of his first three seasons, Williams fell off the pace with Dak Prescott under center, finishing with 13.5 YPC and 594 yards in 2016. In the latter realm, Cole Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten surpassed him, but each of the trio received 95-to-98 targets, while Williams settled for 61. The Cowboys will trot out the same receiving corps in 2017, so an uptick in volume cannot be expected. On a positive note, Williams hasn't missed a game in his career, which cannot be said for Bryant (10 DNPs over the last two campaigns).
Morris was a healthy scratch for Weeks 15 and 16 last season, then again in a playoff loss to Green Bay. He didn't have a role after the return of Darren McFadden, who re-signed with the Cowboys this offseason. Dallas did lose Lance Dunbar in free agency, but he got most of his playing time on obvious passing downs, which means his absence shouldn't really impact Morris. It's possible the team will release Morris in favor of a draft pick or another veteran, but even if he does stick around, the former Redskin likely will be looking at a minor role. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract.
Gachkar was a full participant in practice all week, so his questionable status heading into Sunday's game was likely precautionary. Look for him to take up his regular position as the starting strong-side linebacker in the Cowboy's defense.
Wilber sustained a neck injury in Week 5, but has since used the Cowboys' Week 7 bye to heal. Considering he was able to practice without limitation this week, it appears he was able to recover in full.
Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems as if Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.
Irving was tendered last month and Wednesday's signing makes it official that he will return to Dallas for the 2017 season. He is a versatile player who showed the ability to play both tackle and end last season and should assume a prominent role along the Cowboys' defensive line.
Tapper didn't play in 2016 after being selected in the fourth round of last year's draft. The back injury he suffered last summer appears to be a thing of the past and shouldn't limit him in offseason activities much longer.
Ash had been a member of the Jaguars' practice squad after appearing in one game for Jacksonville before being released in November. He'll function as defensive line depth for the Cowboys, but isn't expected to play a major role in Week 17.
Nwachukwu heads to Dallas after spending the last preseason with the Seahawks. The wideout was cut just before the beginning of the regular season and spent the year as a free agent. He has also spent time with the Houston Texans.
He finishes the regular season with 27 made field goals on 32 attempts and a perfect 46-for-46 mark on PATs, giving Bailey more than 120 points for the fifth time in six seasons. The five misses are actually his most since he was a rookie, but with the Cowboys' offense looking like it will be a force in 2017 and beyond thanks to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and a fantastic offensive line, Bailey should remain a rock-steady fantasy option at kicker.
Dallas' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Wilson was hit in the eye while playing paintball in late July, but no long-term impairments are expected to manifest. Nonetheless, Wilson earned glowing reports from the Cowboys' coaching staff throughout the team's offseason program and appears headed for a backup role in 2016 behind the likes of Sean Lee and Kyle Wilber.
Moore returns to Dallas after spending all of last season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered in August. Now fully recovered from that fracture, Moore is currently positioned as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback, but with Tony Romo sure to leave the team at some juncture, Moore could compete for Dallas' second-string job behind Dak Prescott during training camp.
Thornton had been battling an ankle injury during the playoffs but it looks he's now dealing with some shoulder problems. While there is some cause for concern, the Cowboys remain confident that Thornton will be just fine moving forward. In his first season with Dallas, the 28-year-old recorded 22 tackles across 13 games.
After a slow start, Bryant broke out with a 40-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and scored again on a leaping seven-yard play in the fourth that completed the Cowboys' comeback. Unfortunately the Packers were able to pull out the victory, but Bryant got the postseason monkey off his back, as the two touchdowns were the first of his playoff career, and he led the team in targets, catches and yards as well. He displayed a growing rapport with Dak Prescott throughout the season and could return to the upper echelon of NFL wideouts next year if he can remain healthy.
The 24-year-old tackle has not played since Week 4, and it was recently announced that he is set to undergo season-ending back surgery. Emmett Cleary is slated to continue filling in at tackle with Green out.
Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.
Signed away from the Raiders last offseason, Mayowa didn't show much early in the year, but emerged as a legitimate pass-rushing threat down the stretch. With Randy Gregory now suspended for the entire 2017 campaign, Dallas will be looking for Mayowa to take on a bigger role next year, and he could challenge the double-digit mark in sacks.
Drafted in the sixth round last year as a highly athletic former basketball player attempting to make the conversion to football, Gathers spent the entire campaign on the Cowboys' practice squad. He should get plenty of reps during the team's voluntary offseason program, which begins Monday, following the departure of Gavin Escobar via free agency and Geoff Swaim's recent foot surgery, but it remains to be seen whether Gathers' skills have caught up to his physical tools. Even if he has made significant progress, though, Dallas could yet add more competition to the depth chart in the draft, as this year's class of prospects is considered very deep at tight end.
The specifics of his injury are still vague. Whatever it may be, though, does not appear to overly serious and Morris should be set to return in 2017.
Butler spent the last two seasons with Dallas, finishing 2016 with 16 receptions for 219 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in 16 games. He was the team's fourth option at wideout last season, but with Terrance Williams likely headed elsewhere in free agency, Butler could find himself starting opposite Dez Bryant in 2017 if the Cowboys don't bring in reinforcements at WR.
Cooper signed on with the Cowboys during the playoffs after he was let go by the Browns at the end of the regular season. With veteran tackle Doug Free set to retire, Cooper could be in the running for a starting position on the offensive line for the upcoming season.
An undisclosed injury ended Thomas' rookie campaign, and he'll be looking to stay healthy and make a roster in his second season. His ability to make the Cowboys' roster may come down to if he's able to contribute on special teams as well as provide depth at cornerback.
Gregory missed the first 14 games of this season due to his first two violations of the policy, and a third will wipe away the entire 2017 campaign. Although he flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick in 2015 during the Cowboys' last two contests, he'll have to wait until 2018, at the very least, before his pass-rushing chops will be felt again.
The team has already announced it's switching quarterbacks during their bye week, and are apparently considering other major changes to the offense as well as they prepare to face the Giants next weekend. Collins played well earlier in the year while Leary was injured, and while the move won't solve all the problems on an underachieving offensive line, it could help inject some life into the sputtering running game.
Lawrence has now had an operation on his back in consecutive offseasons. While that's hardly ideal for a 24-year-old that's missed 16 games since entering the league in 2014, Lawrence's latest procedure went well, according to coach Jason Garrett. Nonetheless, there currently isn't a timetable for Lawrence's return, so expect his rehab progress to be updated over the coming months.
When healthy, McKinnon will be able to sign with another team.
Evans was handed a four-game suspension on Friday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the Cowboys wasted no time getting rid of him. The third-year player has yet to play in a professional game, and will look to fight for an opportunity with another NFL club come training camp.
He heads into the playoffs having set new career highs in catches (75), targets (98) and yards (833), as Beasley quickly established a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott and became the Cowboys' most dependable possession receiver. That role makes him far more valuable in PPR formats than in leagues with standard scoring, but with Terrance Williams' future in Dallas uncertain, Beasley could see even more passes head his way in 2017.
The 2013 third round pick has played for three teams in four years with only 10 career sacks to his name, but Moore will provide some depth at defensive end for a Cowboys squad that will probably look for more pass rushing help in the draft.
Witten will celebrate his 35th birthday in May as he prepares for his 15th NFL season. While it can safely be assumed the final few years of his extension don't contain any guaranteed money, the deal still suggests he'll consider playing beyond 2017. Witten is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he fell shy of 700 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie season, catching 69 of 95 targets for 673 yards and three touchdowns. His decreased production was partially a result of the Cowboys' run-heavy offense, but he should be able to handle an every-down role for at least another year or two. It's possible the offense could open up a bit in Dak Prescott's sophomore campaign.
Swaim had a screw inserted into his foot because of an injury suffered during informal workouts. He will likely be held out until the Cowboys head for training camp in July. Swaim is mostly a blocking tight end for Dallas, as he caught a mere six passes for 69 yards during the 206 season.
While he isn't necessarily wrong that NFL defenses will have a better idea of how to defend him, Prescott should benefit from taking regular first-team reps throughout the offseason program and into training camp ahead of his second professional campaign. He'll still be playing behind an elite offensive line, with Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten giving opposing defenses plenty to worry about. The Prescott-to-Bryant connection could take a big step forward, as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver was limited by knee and back injuries last season, missing three games and playing at far less than 100 percent strength in at least a few others. Bryant and Prescott both finished the season on high notes from a statistical standpoint, with the former accounting for two of the latter's three touchdown passes in a 34-31 playoff loss to the Packers.
He has experience with Rod Marinelli's defensive scheme from their time together in Chicago, and Paea will take Terrell McClain's spot in the Dallas defensive line rotation. The 28-year-old recorded 12 tackles and a half-sack in 13 games for the Browns in 2016.
Crawford, who underwent a procedure on his left shoulder in January, required surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right arm after the 2015 season and came back in 2016 showing no signs of injury. Now having been through the rehab process for shoulder surgery before, the Boise State product is confident he will return in 2017 without an issue. He's less certain where he'll be lining up, however, considering the recent departure of Terrell McClain opens up the door for him to move back inside to defensive tackle.
Nzeocha has been dealing with an achilles injury since the preseason, but will finally suit up in Week 5 against the Bengals. He will provide depth at middle linebacker behind starter Anthony Hitchens.
The Cowboys have a lot of snaps to replace in their secondary after losing four defensive backs in free agency, including safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, and all signs point to Heath taking on a much larger role in his fifth NFL season. Whether he's a Week 1 starter next to Byron Jones could depend on whether the team uses an early pick this weekend on a safety, but at the moment his only real competition on the roster comes from second-year player Kavon Frazier and former Viking Robert Blanton.
Hyde, Johnson and Brock were all ruled out for Saturday's game on the team's final report, but Brooks joins them on the inactive list after being deemed questionable. The team will have running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree active for the game.
The 49ers are a 1-point favorite for the Saturday night showdown with the Chargers.
Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder, left ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (foot), linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (foot) were ruled out Week 14.
Hamlett played in three games for the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, finishing the season with one catch for 17 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to secure a spot at tight end with the Cowboys in 2017 behind Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.
Lee's new contract will give the Cowboys a little more than $5 million in additional cap space, bringing their total close to $9 million. Similar moves have been made with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick as the Cowboys will use the extra cap space to attempt to re-sign some of their 18 unrestricted free agents. Lee is coming off his best season yet, as he recorded a career-high 145 tackles in 15 games.
He fills a big hole for Dallas with both Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne free agents, and Carroll should be a Week 1 starter this season. The 30-year-old had 55 tackles, 11 passes defended and an INT in 16 games for the Eagles last year.
Selected 16th overall in the 2014 draft, Martin immediately became one of the top guards in the league. It was a simple decision for the Cowboys to pick up his $9.3 million option, as he's started all 48 possible games through three seasons while playing at an elite level. The team will look to sign him to a long-term extension either this offseason or next.
McClain satisfied his previous 10-game suspension at the conclusion of Week 11, but is now facing further discipline due to a missed drug test. The Cowboys reportedly don't expect McClain to play another snap in the NFL.
Bell last played in 2015 when he started 16 games for the Titans. He's a versatile offensive lineman who has lined up at left guard and both tackle positions at the professional level and is expected to compete with Chaz Green for the Cowboys' starting right tackle job this summer in the wake of Doug Free's retirement.
Seems as if the middle linebacker is dealing with a minor setback and doesn't expect to be held out for any extended period of time. Look for his participation in Friday's practice to help determine his status for Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Mark Nzeocha to get the spot start.
Frazier had a stress reaction on his foot throughout the season, but he underwent surgery before the injury developed into a fracture. The second-year safety only played in nine games last season, mostly on special teams, but he'll look to take on a larger role in the coming year.
The Cowboys left Jones at safety this year rather than bouncing him around the secondary, and after a bit of a slow start his production exploded in the second half -- Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there's no reason to suspect that's a fluke, so he could become a breakout IDP start in 2017.