Cowboys links to embattled former first-round pick (thankfully) dead on arrival

This would have been a colossal mistake by the Cowboys.
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The Dallas Cowboys have been quiet on the transaction front since training camp started.

Luckily, they haven't been forced into action by injuries. Because of that, the only discussion surrounding new signings have centered on Ezekiel Elliott, who remains a free agent, and a veteran kicker after Tristan Vizcaino was released Monday following a lousy weekend performance in Oxnard.

One position that seems as deep as any on the roster is cornerback. Depending on the health of Jourdan Lewis, the group could be five deep and that doesn't even include Nahshon Wright, who's had an impressive camp to date.

That's exactly why Cowboys fans were taken for a loop when word spread that team officials were meeting with free agent Damon Arnette.

Speaking to the media on Monday, Arnette said he booked a flight to Texas to discuss a potential contract with the Cowboys. Thankfully, multiple Cowboys reporters have debunked the team's interest in the embattled corner.

Cowboys Rumors: Damon Arnette lied about free agent visit with Dallas

The Cowboys have a track record of signing players with off-field baggage, but we like to think not even Jerry Jones would get tangled up with Arnette.

That begs the question of why Arnette would mention Dallas in the first place. Perhaps the former first-round pick was being hopeful more than anything else. Regardless, both Patrik Walker of and Bryan Broaddus of 105.3 The Fan understand there's zero truth to this rumor.

To say Arnette comes with off-field baggage would be an understatement.

This week, Arnette plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges of assault and drawing a deadly weapon. He was arrested in January of last year for pulling a gun on a valet and on Monday was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a $2,500 fine. Arnette was also ordered by a judge to no longer posses guns or be around anyone who has a gun.

Additionally, Arnette was released by the Raiders in November of 2021 after a video surfaced of him flashing guns and threatening to kill someone. His track record includes driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and allegations of assault and hit-and-run.

This isn't all to say Arnette doesn't deserve a second chance in the NFL.

Players have been awarded second chances for a lot worse, but the Cowboys' interest never made any sense. The locker room is in a great place and the team is loaded at corner with Trevon Diggs, Stephon Gilmore, DaRon Bland, Jourdan Lewis and budding rookie Eric Scott. Jr.

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