5 Pending free agents Dallas Cowboys need to re-sign for 2020

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 04: Tight end Blake Jarwin #89 of the Dallas Cowboys runs in for a touchdown in the second quarter over the defense outside linebacker Alec Ogletree #47 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – NOVEMBER 04: Tight end Blake Jarwin #89 of the Dallas Cowboys runs in for a touchdown in the second quarter over the defense outside linebacker Alec Ogletree #47 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 04, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

We all know the Dallas Cowboys will keep Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, but there are other pending free agents they need to retain in 2020 to remain successful

The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of players set for free agency this coming offseason, and looking at their current approach to paying players, this will likely be the norm. They’ve shifted from overpaying in free agency to giving out short-term bargain deals which allows them enough money to pay their own.

That’s how they were able to give four of their big offensive linemen long-term deals while still having room for DeMarcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott and Jaylon Smith this offseason. They also have enough space to sign Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, which will surely get done.

For that reason, we won’t be looking at any of their star players who are up for contracts — which is mainly Cooper and Prescott. Instead, we take a look here at five players who they need to re-sign in 2020 in order to remain a competitive franchise.

Notable omission: Michael Bennett, DE/DT

Dallas just landed Michael Bennett in a trade with the New England Patriots and he seems like quite the fit with their defense. He made an impact in his first game and gives them position flex as he can play both defensive end and tackle.

However, the team re-worked his deal to allow him to be a free agent in the offseason. He will also be 35-years old next year. So this one isn’t a must, but it wouldn’t be the worst idea as long as he continues to prove he was a steal.

Toss up: Jason Witten or Blake Jarwin, TE

Both Jason Witten and Blake Jarwin are going to be free agents in 2020. If the Cowboys believe in Jarwin as their future at the position, they need to make sure he doesn’t leave.

However, they do have options as Jason Witten could potentially return again next season. They could also address this spot in the draft and look for someone to take the reins full-time for the foreseeable future.

Neither player has lit things up for the Cowboys but they haven’t been bad at all at the position and either one — or both — could return next season.