The Dallas Cowboys are trimming down their roster today to reach the 53 man roster limit the NFL wants met by 8:00 p.m. tonight. Yesterday, the names of WR Danny Coale, CB Josh Thomas, FB Shaun Chapas, LB Adrian Hamilton, QB Rudy Carpenter, LB Orie Lemon and WR Tim Benford were all leaked as players who had or would be cut from the team. This morning, ESPNDallas released more names leaving all but two remaining unknown players to be cut.
The additional names of the players to be cut today are: DB Eddie Whitley, G Ronald Leary, T Pat McQuistan, T Jeff Adams, DB Teddy Williams, C Harland Gunn, G Daniel Loper, DE Clifton Geathers, DB Lionel Smith, DE Baraka Atkins, DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, TE Andrew Szczerba, DE Ben Bass, and WR Saalim Hakim.
The obvious names missing from this list might be more surprising then those on it. QB Stephen McGee and DE Marcus Spears were both speculated to be on the roster bubble.Also shocking is that not one of the five running backs on the team have been cut. They are DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner, Lance Dunbar and Jamize Olawale.
Could the team be shopping one of them for a trade? It could make sense for a player like Felix Jones, who is in the final year of his contract. And it would also explain the delay in the release of one of them in an overpopulated backfield.
Regardless, the Cowboys still have two cuts to go before the deadline tonight. Dallas traded the Miami Dolphins a seventh round pick in next year’s draft for back-up center Ryan Cook late last night, hence an additional player release is needed.
Other names who could be on that cut list tonight include G Derrick Dockery, T Jermey Parnell, LB Isaiah Greenhouse, LB Kyle Wilber, and S Mana Silva.