On Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys elected to release veteran backup quarterback Kellen Moore to insure that a young tight end didn’t get snatched from their practice squad.
Earlier in the week, many fans thought the Dallas Cowboys would release backup quarterback Kellen Moore as the team needed to find a kicker with Dan Bailey sidelined due to a groin injury. We’ll they were half right.
The Cowboys did indeed release a Moore, except it was defensive end Damontre Moore instead of Kellen. According to the Dallas Morning News, unnamed sources indicated the veteran pass rusher was involved in an altercation at a club last Thursday evening. But the Cowboys claim his release from the team was purely a football decision.
But fans would not have to wait long for their prediction to pan out. On Thursday, the Cowboys released Kellen Moore as well. The legendary Boise State passer was leapfrogged on the depth chart over the weekend when rookie quarterback Cooper Rush was deemed Dak Prescott‘s primary backup against the San Francisco 49ers. And Moore was placed on the inactives list.
A vested veteran, Kellen Moore is currently a free agent. Many expect him to be added to the Cowboys practice squad sometime tomorrow unless another team shows interest.
The Cowboys opted to make the move to release Moore in order to promote tight end Blake Jarwin from the practice squad. It’s being reported that Jarwin was drawing interest from other teams including the Philadelphia Eagles. And there was a real chance he would be signed away if Dallas did not promote him to the active roster.
That means the Dallas Cowboys currently have four tight ends on their active roster with Jarwin, Jason Witten, James Hanna and Geoff Swaim. Former college basketball star turned NFL tight end Rico Gathers, who suffered a concussion before the start of the season, is eligible to return from Injured Reserve next week but hasn’t yet started practicing.