The Dallas Cowboys do not have a loaded free agency class awaiting in 2023. Other than Dalton Schultz – whose situation they’ll need to readdress next offseason – there aren’t many big names on the front office’s “to-do list.”

However, there are several Cowboys on contract years who could have big enough seasons to force the team into the classic offseason decision.

Break the bank? Or let him walk?

Here are four Dallas Cowboys whose value could skyrocket by putting up good numbers in 2022.

1. OT Terence Steele

This one is a tough one based on the fact that Steele will be a restricted free agent (RFA) in 2023. That means the Cowboys would be able to assign him a “restricted tender.” This is usually a cheap option for teams that want the opportunity to match an offer sheet from other teams.

While inexpensive, the Cowboys might be willing to instead bet on Steele for the long run if he puts together a decent season starting as the right tackle. Otherwise, two quality seasons from Steele as a full-time starter could turn him into one of the highest-paid tackles in the NFL in 2024.

The Cowboys are not known for getting deals done early, but it would be smart to do so with Steele next offseason.

That being said, Steele is the one player on this list who’s very unlikely to “walk.” Worst case scenario, Dallas could likely keep him around on something like a second-round tender for a low price.

2. TE Dalton Schultz

The elephant in the room. Dalton Schultz has improved every season and if he’s able to follow up a career year with another productive season, he’ll solidify himself as one of the top tight ends in the league. Even if he’s ranked a tier or two below vertical threats like Travis Kelce and George Kittle among others.

While the Cowboys could apply the second tag, any other scenario would likely include Schultz getting the bag. Be it in Dallas or anywhere else.

3. CB Anthony Brown

Love him or hate him, Anthony Brown had himself a good year starting opposite of Trevon Diggs under Dan Quinn’s defense. At 30 years old, he might not break the bank even with another strong season but he could certainly get solid veteran money elsewhere in 2023.

In 2020, he signed for $5M per year. After being graded as one of the best cover cornerbacks in the NFL, that number could rise if he remains consistent for one more season.

If you had assured Cowboys Nation that Brown would play out the three years on his deal back in 2020, there would’ve been doubts. Does he have one (or more) surprises in store?

4. RB Tony Pollard

This one will likely come down to how much the Dallas Cowboys use Pollard. If they fulfill their promises of assigning him responsibilities out of the slot, his value could rise drastically.

NFL teams are aware of Pollard’s potential. But by the time he’s 26 years old next year, will the upside be enough to attract teams to an expensive deal for a running back? Probably not.

It’s a different story if the Cowboys provide the blueprint as to how to utilize his best attributes properly. Pollard could get the respect he deserves with a strong season in both the running and passing game.

For more on this topic and some honorable mentions, make sure you catch Monday night’s episode of A to Z Sports Dallas Primetime!

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