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Redskins Release DT Terrell McClain; Cowboys Reunion Possible?

The did not select a defensive last weekend in the , which was considered one of their biggest needs going in. Today, former Cowboy was released by the . Could Dallas reunite with the veteran ?

McClain started 15 games for Dallas in 2016 as the “1-technique” and performed very well. The Cowboys allowed the fewest rushing yards in the NFL that season.

Terrell turned that season into a four-year, $21 million contract with Washington last season, which was more than the cap-strapped Cowboys could afford to pay to keep him.

But the Skins tried use Terrell as a 3-4 and not the 4-3 DT that he played in Dallas. His performance suffered as a result, and now he's back in .

In McClain's absence last year, Dallas used several different players in the 1-tech role.

moved over for most of the year and ended up not being the same player as his standout rookie season, when he was playing as the 3-tech with McClain by his side. Young prospects like and also played the position at times, but never with Terrell's consistency.

With Terrell McClain turning 30 in July, Dallas might decide it's better to keep developing their youth. But there's no guarantee that any of them could play on his level.

Of course, there's also nothing that says McClain is still the same guy. He's two years older and maybe not as motivated after getting a nice payday from Washington.

Dallas had opportunities to take a 1-tech in the draft and didn't, so they may feel better about their current talent than we realize. But if not, a reunion with Terrell McClain could make a lot of sense.

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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