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Dallas Cowboys 2021 free agency outlook

The Cowboys head into 2021 free agency coming off an 6-10 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

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The Dallas Cowboys offseason will have a ton of eyeballs on it as they decide what the future is at the quarterback position. Dak Prescott missed most of last season with a devastating injury, and he’s technically a free agent after playing 2020 on the franchise tag. The Cowboys have a huge decision to make that may determine how the next few years will turn out for the organization.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

This is the third season the Cowboys and Prescott will try to come to a deal, and another franchise tag could be a possibility. Signing him to a long-term deal could be a risk given Prescott’s injury when he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle. He played in just five games last season, completing 68% of his passes for 1,856 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions.

Prescott was signed to the franchise tag in 2020 for $31.4 million, and it’s certainly possible the Cowboys go the exact same route this offseason before finally needing to decide whether to commit to Prescott long term.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $13,905,193

2021 transactions

Free agent signings


Free agent departures




Notable unrestricted free agents

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Cowboys 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Dak Prescott Cowboys
QB Andy Dalton Cowboys
WR Cedrick Wilson Jr.* Cowboys
WR Malik Turner* Cowboys
WR Noah Brown Cowboys
TE Blake Bell Cowboys
LT Greg Senat* Cowboys
LG Cameron Erving Cowboys
C Joe Looney Cowboys
EDGE Aldon Smith Cowboys
DT Eli Ankou Cowboys
IDL Antwaun Woods* Cowboys
IDL Tyrone Crawford Cowboys
LB Joe Thomas Cowboys
LB Sean Lee Cowboys
LB Justin March-Lillard Cowboys
CB Jourdan Lewis Cowboys
CB Chidobe Awuzie Cowboys
CB C.J. Goodwin Cowboys
S Xavier Woods Cowboys
LS LP Ladouceur Cowboys