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Cowboys Release P Chris Jones, Add More Salary Cap Space

' decade-long run as for the had ended. The veteran was released today just as the opened around the NFL, giving the Cowboys some additional space to work with.

With just one year left on his contract, Jones was scheduled to count $2.5 million against the 2021 cap. With only $500k in dead money left, Dallas gets $2 million in additional salary cap room by releasing him.

Unless the Cowboys add someone new before , Hunter Niswander should walk into the job next season. After joining the team's in late October, Niswander took over when Jones was placed on .

Niswander finished the season among the NFL's Top 10 punters both in yards-per-punt and net average after returns. He was a welcome sight after a few years of watching Jones decline.

Chronic played a large part in Chris Jones' declining performance. He played all of 2019 with a back and sport hernia and those issues continued into last year.

In his prime, Jones was surgical with his direction on punts and limiting opponents' return opportunities. He had plenty of leg but technique was how he stuck around for a full decade.

Jones also served many years as the holder on field goals and extra points for , , , and others.

Another big change occurred om this week as long snapper L.P. Ladouceur was replaced by former Ram Jack McQuaid. Much like adding Zuerlein last year, we're seeing the influence of as Dallas turns to some their special teams coordinator's handpicked guys.

Could this mean trouble for Niswander as well? He played well in 2020 but that doesn't mean Fassel won't bring in another of his former players. We saw that when Zuerlein was handed the job over despite how well Forbath played at the end of 2019.

Niswander or not, Chris Jones won't be the Cowboys punter in 2021. Still just 32 years old, hopefully he can get healthy and find work somewhere else in the league.

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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