The trend of departures from the Cowboys continues as defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, known for his ability to halt running plays, opts to join the Seahawks.

Thus far, the bold declaration of being “all in” by owner Jerry Jones seems to have translated more into a significant exodus during free agency for the Dallas Cowboys.

This departure trend persisted on Tuesday as nose tackle Johnathan Hankins, known for his prowess in stopping runs, reached an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks, following a two-season stint with the Cowboys.

Despite Hankins’ desire to remain with the Cowboys, he ultimately couldn’t resist a more enticing offer from the Seahawks, given the financial constraints faced by the Cowboys.

Hankins now joins the ranks of eight former Dallas free agents who have secured spots with new teams this offseason. Among them are defensive ends Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler, center Tyler Biadasz, and cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, who signed with the Washington Commanders; running back Tony Pollard, who joined the Tennessee Titans; defensive tackle Neville Gallimore, who landed with the Miami Dolphins; and offensive tackle Tyron Smith, who moved on to the New York Jets.

In contrast, the Cowboys have managed to retain four free agents, including running back Rico Dowdle, cornerback Jourdan Lewis, cornerback/special teams specialist C.J. Goodwin, and long snapper Trent Sieg. Additionally, they’ve brought in one outside free agent, linebacker Eric Kendricks.

The departure of Hankins deals a significant blow to the Cowboys’ efforts to fortify their vulnerable run defense from the 2023 season. While Hankins may not have reached Pro Bowl caliber, his size and presence were instrumental in bolstering the run defense when he took the field.

His contributions were especially crucial in compensating for the underwhelming rookie campaign of Mazi Smith in 2023, who recorded a mere 13 tackles and played only four snaps in the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

With just three defensive tackles currently on the roster—Carl Davis and Osa Odighizuwa being the others—the Cowboys will likely look to reinforce this position through both the draft and further free agency maneuvers.

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