Cowboys Make Confusing Move on DT Whaley

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Oct 12, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive tackle Chris Whaley (96) celebrates scoring a touchdown on an interception return with defensive tackle Malcom Brown (90) in the first quarter of the game against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Red River Rivalry at Cotton Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys, just hours now from embarking on a rather important training camp in Oxnard, California, have made a confusing move. Not that this type of thing comes as much of a surprise, but Dallas elected to drop an injured player with upside at a position of need in favor of adding a fifth-year veteran who’s still trying to prove himself at a position that’s definitely deeper, if not more talented already.

Call this splitting hairs if you choose, but how much sense does it make to release a defensive tackle, especially when you’re the present-day Cowboys, like Chris Whaley of the University of Texas?

Immediately following the 2014 NFL Draft, Dallas made it a point to grab Whaley as an undrafted free agent and obviously a potential part of the future. The franchise fully understood that Whaley’s ongoing rehab from a knee-injury suffered last season would keep him out of action as a rookie in 2014.

Less than three months later, the Cowboys have switched gears in releasing Whaley in favor of wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, a fifth-year veteran out of the University of Kansas. The Dallas-Ft. Worth native (Cedar Hill H.S.) joins his fourth NFL team in landing with the Cowboys.

Yes, there’s a nice story in there—but is Briscoe better for Dallas right now than making sure that Whaley is secured for 2015 and beyond?

It’s true that Whaley could still end up with the Cowboys this year as no other team is going to get an immediate return this season either. But why take the chance of missing out on a guy like Whaley?

For the record, Briscoe finished his college career as an outstanding wide receiver for the Jayhawks. He still holds school records and was selected in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. According to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News, the 6-2, 210 pound Briscoe hauled in 208 receptions for 3,240 yards and 31 touchdowns while at KU.

But is he going to challenge for the third wide receiver spot?


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