The Dallas Cowboys appear to be making some changes after a disappointing 2-5 start to the 2020 NFL season.
The Cowboys have endured a tumultuous season due to injuries, poor defensive play, and overall lack of complimentary football that has left the franchise in shambles.
The team’s problems have been highlighted in dizzying fashion all season long and the team’s Owner, President, and GM Jerry Jones appears to be reaching a boiling point.
The Cowboys appear to be in selling mode as they look to salvage what has ultimately been a terrible year for America’s Team.
Already having traded DE Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys were unable to trade CB Daryl Worley or DT Dontari Poe.
The team released both Worley and Poe after under performing throughout the 2020 season.
Poe’s release, in particular, may be the most disappointing for a Cowboys team that was expected to compete at the top of the NFC East.
Poe, 30, signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with $3.5 million guaranteed. Although he played 253 defensive snaps, more than any other interior line for the Cowboys, he had just seven tackles and no sacks.
The former Carolina Panther was also the only player on the Dallas Cowboys to demonstrate by taking a knee during the national anthem.
Jerry Jones, in speaking with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, says that the Cowboys release of Poe was due to weight issues and poor performance.
Jones saying, “When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff.”
Jones’s answer was prompted by a question that Mortensen asked about whether or not Poe’s release had to do with his kneeling during the national anthem.
Jones saying to Mortensen, “I understand your question, and I’m deliberately not going to answer it. We have a platform here, but the platform on the football field has a high standard and [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that, and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”
Jones’s answer is interesting given the fact that Poe, listed at 346 pounds, was brought in because of his girth and prior ability to plug up the middle.
Poe’s size is in part why the Cowboys signed the former Kansas City Chief, and for Jones to use his size as a reason for his release appears to be a bit contradictory.
Nonetheless, questions will remain if Poe’s stance during the anthem had anything to do with his release given the fact that Jones would not answer Mortensen’s question directly.
Given Jones’s prior history and stance with the national anthem, some will speculate if, in part, Poe’s release had to do with his national anthem protests.
Regardless, the Cowboys appear to be making changes in an attempt look toward its future to determine who else can and should remain with this roster.