3 easy cuts Cowboys can make to save $18 million in cap space

Cowboys, Neville Gallimore. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Neville Gallimore ($2.743 million)

Defensive tackle is arguably the weakest position on the Cowboys roster, so releasing a rotation player might not seem like good business. The thing with Gallimore, though, is he wasn’t in the rotation by the end of the year.

In fact, Gallimore was a healthy scratch along with Quinton Bohanna for Dallas’ Wild Card victory over the Buccaneers. Both Carlos Watkins and Chauncey Golston were preferred to Gallimore, a third-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Gallimore showed flashes as a rookie, but hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation he established at Oklahoma as a downhill pass rusher. He’s limited against the run, so when he’s not applying pressure on quarterbacks there’s little use for him in Dan Quinn’s defense, even given the current state of the position.

Check out what Pro Football Focus said about Gallimore’s 2022.

"Gallimore’s 36.4 grade in 2022 ranked 107th out of 112 interior defenders with at least 300 snaps played on the year, and his 29.7 run-defense grade ranked 136th out of 142 players at the position. Gallimore has failed to log 10 quarterback pressures in any season to start his career, with just 26 total on 513 pass-rush snaps.”"

Cutting Gallimore won’t save the Cowboys a ton of money — just $2.743 million, according to Over The Cap — but it stands to reason that he’ll have a hard time making the roster next season, so what’s the point of keeping him?