Our hope is that the offseason is far away for the Dallas Cowboys, but the reality is that it is about to begin for 18 different franchises. Sunday evening will mark the end of the road for over half of the clubs in the NFL, and next Monday morning will be filled with goal-setting for 2024 and beyond. There will be coaches and staffers dismissed and soon enough new faces and bodies to fill the voids left behind.
Aside from coaching posts, there will also be general manager roles vacant across the league and ready for new people to take them over. The Dallas Cowboys have long had a unique situation in that team owner and president Jerry Jones holds that title, but the effective GM has been Will McClay.
For a while McClay felt like a secret that nobody really knew about, but success with America’s Team can change the status quo rather quickly. As a new cycle is set to get underway and it appears that his name could be connected to a few openings.
NFL insiders suggest that some teams believe others may try to lure Will McClay away
Teams have expressed interest in Will McClay before and the Cowboys have always been able to keep him around. The monetary side of this business has long been referenced as to how Dallas continues to do this as they have not done what every other team would seemingly do in assigning McClay the title of general manager of an NFL franchise.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, there is belief among some teams that others may try to lure McClay away this offseason, but that the Cowboys may throw more money at the situation to make sure he sticks around.
There are some who think teams might try to lure VP of player personnel Will McClay away from the Cowboys, but no one has succeeded in doing that yet. Plus, Dallas values McClay highly and likely would spend big to keep him. (He can just never hope to have the GM title, because team owner Jerry Jones holds that title and very much likes doing the job.) I also should note here that Raiders interim GM Champ Kelly should be a strong candidate to keep that job or at least draw interest and interviews from other teams.
There is no salary cap for coaches or staffers so the Cowboys can continually add figures to whatever they are paying Will McClay to keep him around. That is certainly one of the luxuries of being the Dallas Cowboys and having Jerry Jones’ money.