3 waived players around the NFL the Cowboys should consider

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Tuesday was a tough day for many players around the NFL as teams had to cut their rosters down to 53 players. For the Dallas Cowboys, they had to say goodbye to some promising young talent while also releasing some veterans like Cooper Rush who is likely to come back after putting a few players on the IR.

These shouldn’t be their only moves through. Dallas should also keep an eye on the waiver wire and add some depth to their roster. Here are the top three players they should target.

3 waived NFL players the Cowboys should get off the waiver wire

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3. Alex Leatherwood, OL

The new regime with the Las Vegas Raiders doesn’t care what Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden did before they arrived. That was proven by the news they waived Alex Leatherwood just one year after he was selected 17th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

A product of Alabama, Leatherwood was expected to play right tackle but spent most of his rookie season at right guard. He was far from a Pro Bowler but he was better in that role than he was as a tackle.

Dallas can use more depth inside, especially if they end up starting Tyler Smith at left tackle. That would leave only Matt Farinok as an interior backup behind Zack Martin, Tyler Biadasz, and Connor McGovern. Adding Leatherwood would give them a player who was a first-round talent, who might end up being a quality depth piece if afforded the time to develop.

In addition to being helpful as a backup guard, he could play tackle in a pinch — and even though he didn’t live up to expectations in Las Vegas, he would likely do better than Josh Ball or Matt Waletzko who didn’t impress at all this offseason.