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Are These Taco Charlton’s Final Days With the Cowboys?

was inactive for the ' season opener and is likely to be a healthy scratch again in Week 2. With veteran coming off next week, will the next few days be Taco's last in Dallas?

Ever since was here, the idea of “Year 3” being pivotal for young players has stuck with me. We allow for rookie jitters and sophomore slumps, but by that third season we expect players to be consistent contributors.

Those expectations are relative to draft position, and that's what Charlton is up against as a former 1st-Round selection in 2017. You would expect him to be a starter by now, or at worst a key roleplayer and rotation piece.

But while , 2018 4th-Round pick , and 2019 5th-Round rookie all suited up against the Giants last week, Taco Charlton was in street clothes. It was easily the worst moment of his NFL career, more damning than any mistake he could have made on the field.

Now Robert Quinn, who Dallas traded for in March to be the new starter opposite , will be returning from a two-game PED suspension in Week 3. The Cowboys will have to make room for him on the roster, and it would appear that Charlton is the low man on the totem pole.

It's possible that, by sitting Taco in these games, Dallas is trying to protect him for a . Maybe he would be playing over Joe Jackson if they intended to keep him.

Like last week, Charlton tweeted out his frustration with his status. Whether he's “waiting” for a trade or the chance to get back on the field, Taco seems to have been informed that he won't be playing this Sunday in Washington.

The question now if another NFL team still sees some value in the former 1st-Round pick. Will someone else think they can get things out of Taco that the Cowboys couldn't?

That is a daunting proposition given 's reputation for up defensive linemen. There won't be many out there who think they can do better than Rod, which could severely limit the interest level in Taco.

That leads to an even bigger question. If Dallas can't find a trade partner, will they be forced to simply Taco Charlton?

The Cowboys would love to get something back for Taco given what they spent to acquire him. But the rest of the league knows about the Quinn situation, and they may just wait things out and hope Dallas cuts Charlton next week rather than trade for him.

We'll have to wait and see how Sunday's game impacts the circumstances. could create a new way to get Quinn on the roster; a ripple effect that could change the Cowboys' leverage.

Next week we'll dive deeper into the various ways Dallas could make room for Robert Quinn. For now, though, it would appear they're trying to move Taco Charlton in a trade.

It's not what they wanted from that 2017 1st-Round pick. But it would be better than nothing.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Ben Miller

Using a first round pick on a guy who was considered a second round talent at the time didn’t do Taco any favors…and maybe he does have a bad attitude and work ethic but I gotta believe you throw him in the mix the next 3 weeks or so…sink or swim…either way you move forward knowing he was given every chance and the team doesn’t walk away from talent


I think Taco owns Marinelli’s doghouse.

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