Taco Charlton spoke in existence.
Days after his "free me" on social media, the third-year defensive end's wish was granted. The Dallas Cowboys waived Charlton on Wednesday, the team announced, capping a failed months-long effort to make the 2017 first-round draft pick.
In a corresponding roster move, the cowboys activated DE Robert Quinn from his two-game suspension , Dallas debut Sunday against his former team, the Miami Dolphins. The team had until 3 p.m. CT to use its roster exemption for Quinn.
Once considered a linchpin pass- rusher who would secure the position for years to come, Charlton never lived up to that reputation as his no. 28 overall draft selection.
A career underachiever, he ends his Cowboys tenure with 46 tackles, four sacks, two pass deflections, and a forced fumble across 27 regular season games.
Throughout all, the rumors and speculation on his future, Charlton has vacillated between cautious optimism that Dallas wants
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones veered to the former in a radio interview Tuesday, cracking the door not only for Taco to stay, but even suit up against the Dolphins.
"We need him out there. We need him out there, "Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "You notice [Trysten] Hill's not out there. He may be out there this weekend. That's right, it's because they can go inside or out, but we've got who's better for the team to be out there. We've got a lot of players there. Well, it does not surprise me that we are not active. That happens to be good football players. "
Jones' remarks were little more than posturing, a last-ditch effort to flip the 24-year-old for something – anything – before biting the bullet. And, ultimately, Charlton's lack of position flexibility, combined with his below-average production and outspoken tendencies, made the decision a no-brainer.
Charlton is willing to pay, to be free to sign with any team he pleases.
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Impact of Release
Charlton's departure is good for the depth chart, but not so great for the pocketbook. The Cowboys wants $ 3.19 million in dead money, stemming from his four-year rookie contract, which carries $ 1,376 million base salary for 2019 and $ 2,735 million salary cap number.
With Taco out of the picture, Dallas moves forward with DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford as the starting defensive ends, and Kerry Hyder, Dorance Armstrong, Christian Covington and Quinn as the primary reserves.
Quinn wants to make his cowboys debut against his former employer, the Dolphins, though he may be
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