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Cowboys DE Taco Charlton to be Inactive Sunday; Trade Coming?

, the ' 1st-Round pick in the 2017 , has no doubt been looking forward to this season to try and get his career back on track. But reports today, plus Taco's own activity, suggest the third-year will not be suiting up against the in tomorrow's season opener.

What does this inactive status mean for Charlton's future in Dallas? Is it a sign that he's about to get traded?

Not only has Taco been a full participant this week in practice, but the Cowboys haven't even bothered to list him on their official reports this week. That makes it pretty clear his ankle is not the reason he won't be playing tomorrow.

If there was any skepticism about this , Charlton confirmed it with a few posts from his Twitter account a few hours ago.

Based on their numbers throughout the roster, Dallas is unlikely to sit any of their other defensive ends tomorrow. That means players such as rookie , second-year prospect , and veteran are likely playing over Taco Charlton.

That says a lot about where Taco stands with the Cowboys right now. But it could also indicate that Dallas is trying to protect him from injury so they can execute a .

There is a two-week window before veteran , an assumed starter this year, returns from a PED . The Cowboys are likely hoping to move Charlton to a new team to make room for Quinn, and that couldn't happen if Taco gets hurt.

With two years left on his rookie deal and the potential for a 5th-year option, Charlton may still have value somewhere in the NFL. It doesn't hurt that he just had a big game in the third preseason week against the .

What the Cowboys could get for Taco at this point is hard to say. It certainly won't be a 1st or 2nd-round pick, but recouping some sort of draft value at this point would be wise given Charlton's disappointing play the last two years.

So, how much longer will Taco Charlton be a Dallas Cowboy? Based on today's activity, perhaps only another week or so. But if the Cowboys don't get a decent offer, they could still elect to keep Taco as depth and try again in the .

We'll know soon enough.

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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