It’s been a hectic day around Valley Ranch. The Dallas Cowboys had to whittled their roster down to 53 players by 5:00 p.m. today per NFL rules. And tonight, that number dropped to 52 as guard Nate Livings was placed on IR, ending his 2013 season before it even started. Then that roster number went back up again as the Cowboys made a trade for a special teams ace.
Livings, who has struggled with injuries while in Dallas, just had his second knee surgery of the year. It was unknown whether he would even make the final 53-man roster cut after owner Jerry Jones revealed Livings had a degenerative right knee issue. Regardless, Livings had already lost his starting job to Ron Leary over the offseason despite starting all 16 games at guard for the Cowboys in 2012.
In March of 2012, the Cowboys signed the now 31-year old Livings to a five-year, $19 million contract as a free agent from the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite Livings being ranked as the sixth-best left guard in the NFL by Pro Football Focus in 2012, Dallas was the second worst rushing team in the NFL last season.
It is more than likely that Livings has played his final game as a Dallas Cowboy. Now the process begins in finding a replacement, or at least adding some depth, to an offensive line riddled with injuries and inexperience.
In the meantime, the Cowboys did trade an undisclosed draft pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for linebacker Edgar Jones. (ESPNDallas.com is reporting that the Cowboys gave up a 2014 sixth-round pick for Jones and the Chiefs’ 2014 seventh-round pick.)
Jones played five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before landing in Kansas City last season. Despite having played linebacker, tight end and defensive end, Jones is strictly a special teams player. In his six-year career, Jones has only recorded 32 tackles in 57 games.