Preview of the 2024 offseason: The cash-strapped Cowboys are under pressure following their playoff defeat

After the Dallas Cowboys (12-5) 48-32 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Super Wild Card Weekend, many were astonished that Mike McCarthy remained in charge.  

McCarthy has only a wild-card triumph against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two seasons ago and three straight humbling losses to conference rivals the San Francisco 49ers and Packers to show for his three straight 12-win seasons.  

In addition to trying to appease a dissatisfied fan base that did not want a lame-duck year with McCarthy, owner Jerry Jones must determine what to do with quarterback Dak Prescott and his $59.45M cap hit since the team is over the 2024 cap ceiling.  

Prescott can be extended for $50M to $60M a year or restructured for $23M, but the Cowboys will pay for it in 2025 with a $54M dead cap hit.  

Dallas can also restructure guard Zak Martin or cornerback Trevon Diggs' contracts or extend receiver CeeDee Lamb's $17.99M 2024 cap hit to free up salary room.  

Dallas offseason details:Defense: DEs Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler Jr., DTs Johnathan Hankins and Neville Gallimore, CBs Stephon Gilmore, Jourdan Lewis, and Noah Igbinoghene Safety Jayron Kearse  

Outlook: Dallas has too many free agents to keep and not enough cap space.   

Outlook: Dallas has too many free agents to keep and not enough cap space.   

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