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Cowboys Cut TE Blake Jarwin, K Greg Zuerlein, 3 Others

The made two predictable cap-clearing moves today by releasing Tight End Blake Jarwin and Kicker Greg Zuerlein ahead of next week’s start to . They also let go of RB Ito Smith, WR Robert Foster, and CB Reggie Robison.

Jarwin’s was waived/injured following a recent hip that threatens his 2022 availability. With recent talk that he could miss the entire season, Blake will now potentially provide Dallas with $3.85 million in cap relief.

The Cowboys placed the on a few days ago and have prospect behind him. With the 2022 rich in TE talent, it will be interesting to see how much more Dallas invests in the position.

Nick Eatman on Twitter: “The Cowboys have released kicker Greg Zuerlein and waived/injured TE Blake Jarwin. / Twitter”

The Cowboys have released kicker Greg Zuerlein and waived/injured TE Blake Jarwin.

Todd Archer on Twitter: “There were talks about a pay reduction for Blake Jarwin, who had major hip surgery last month and could miss the season. The move saves them $3.85m, but could get more complicated if Jarwin files for injury protection. In ’20, he signed 4-year, $22m deal but injuries derailed him / Twitter”

There were talks about a pay reduction for Blake Jarwin, who had major hip surgery last month and could miss the season. The move saves them $3.85m, but could get more complicated if Jarwin files for protection. In ’20, he signed 4-year, $22m deal but derailed him

Greg Zuerlein’s below-average performance the last two years made him an easy cut. Dallas gets back about $2.5 million on the and will now seek a cheaper option at kicker. They did sign former Texas and SMU kicker in January but will likely explore at least a few more options.

While the Cowboys and loyal coach tried to work through Zuerlein’s injuries, Greg’s been one of the NFL’s least-accurate kickers since 2020. Even if Dallas doesn’t find a great replacement this year, they can at least get similar results for a league-minimum contract.

Todd Archer on Twitter: “The Cowboys also released running back Ito Smith, defensive back Reggie Robinson and wide receiver Robert Foster. Robinson was a fourth-round pick in 2020 but missed last season with a toe injury. / Twitter”

The Cowboys also released Ito Smith, Reggie Robinson and Robert Foster. Robinson was a fourth-round pick in 2020 but missed last season with a toe injury.

Dallas also made a few bottom-rung cuts today. Smith and Foster were both guys last year and are 27 and 28-years-old, so this is more about making room for young prospects at those positions.

Cutting Robinson brings an unfortunate end to the former 4th-Round pick’s time with the Cowboys. He was drafted in 2020 and converted from to , then switched back to CB last year. He missed last year with a toe injury but probably would’ve have gotten on the field much anyway.

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  1. The TE and Kicker needed to be released. I’m really surprised the Cowboys stayed with Zuerlien through all those missed kicks. He had a good run in the NFL but his missed extra points and field goals was hurting this team. Tough time for many players this time of year. I wish him well.

    • If it wasn’t for John Fassel he probably never comes to Dallas and definitely wouldn’t have have returned last year. Unfortunate case where coaching staff loyalty didn’t help the team.

      • Nepotism runs deep on the Cowboys. It’s not just the Joneses, either. Even Dan Quinn was only 50/50 on “his guys” that he brought in.

        I understand the desire to bring in guys that are familiar with “your system”. But, it usually ends up being more miss than hit.

        Keanu Neal was just “O.K.”
        Damontae Kazee was a disappointment with his gambling and getting it wrong and therefore out of position way too often.

        Sadly, we’re so thin at both of their positions, we may see one or both back on deals that pay them more than they’re worth.

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