Cowboys News: Former first-round pick signs with rival, Brett Maher on playoff meltdown

  • A former Cowboys first-round pick is on the move 
  • Brett Maher spoke on his playoff nightmare
Aug 19, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA;  Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton (97) in action during
Aug 19, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton (97) in action during / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys have yet to make a signing at training camp.

Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy were asked about the possibility of signing Ezekiel Elliott. The owner and head coach both hinted that the door is shut and McCarthy has spoken glowingly about Rico Dowdle and Malik Davis, who are expected to be competing for the RB2 job behind Tony Pollard.

The Cowboys could benefit from adding another veteran WR, but Jalen Tolbert is having a tremendous camp. Not to mention, KaVontae Turpin has impressed as a pass-catcher and 2023 seventh-round pick Jalen Brooks has been one of the top performers in Oxnard.

Defensive end is one position Dallas doesn't need any reinforcements. It's arguably the deepest group on the roster. The fact that Dante Fowler is potentially fifth in the pecking order speaks to the depth at the position.

Speaking of defensive linemen, former Cowboys first-round pick Taco Charlton is back on the move after spending part of 2022 in Chicago.

Cowboys News: Taco Charlton signs with 49ers, Brett Maher opens up on playoff struggles

It's great to see Charlton latch on with another team. The No. 28 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Charlton lasted two years with the Cowboys. He appeared in 27 games (seven starts), across which he compiled four sacks, 11 quarterback hits and eight tackles for loss.

You know the deal, folks. Charlton is regarded as one of the worst picks of the Jerry Jones era and understandably so. Luckily, the former Michigan standout lands on one of the best defenses in the NFL -- if not the best -- that happens to be without its best player amid a contract holdout.

Like Zack Martin with the Cowboys, 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, currently isn't practicing as he seeks a new contract. In the meantime, Charlton will contend with Drake Johnson, Clelin Ferrell and Robert Beal Jr. at training camp as he looks to make the Niners 53-man roster.

In other Cowboys news, Brett Maher spoke publicly for the first time since he signed with the Broncos. Maher is hopeful his playoff struggles will launch him forward as he battles Elliott Fry at camp for the starting job.

"I think what I’m learning every single year in this league is there is something that is going to test you and to how you handle your business, how you handle outside stuff. That was a tough lesson to learn, especially in the moment. I’m sure as you guys all saw. I feel like I’ve taken it as a way to learn and become more resilient and get a few more of those scars that can kind of help propel you forward."

Brett Maher

Maher couldn't have structured that any better.

Though Maher didn't have a fairytale ending in Dallas, most of the fan base is pulling for him to flourish with the Broncos. Nobody wants to be on the wrong side of history, and it's great to see Maher get another crack at a starting job.

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