Defensive end Taco Charlton’s career in Dallas is finally done.
The disgruntled 2017 first-round pick was officially released Wednesday after the Cowboys were unable to find a trade partner.
The Cowboys needed to make a roster move by 3 p.m. to activate defensive end Robert Quinn, who missed the first two games under NFL suspension.
“With Quinn coming back, it put us in a numbers crunch,” vice president Stephen Jones said to the team’s website. “(We) just felt like he was the right guy to move on from. It’ll be great to have Quinn back. If there’s anything we want to get better in moving forward, it’s that pass rush.”
Charlton’s departure ends weeks of speculation about his future and a contentious last few days in which the former Michigan star lashed out at the Cowboys on social media after being made inactive for the first two games of the season.
He tweeted “Free Taco” to a report on vice president Stephen Jones saying that other players were more versatile to the team on game day.
Charlton’s career in Dallas can’t be characterized as anything but a disappointment since the team reached to take him with the 28th pick of the 2017 draft, despite starting just one season in college at Michigan.
He played in 27 games with just 7 starts and a paltry four sacks.
The Cowboys didn’t like his body language, attitude and demeanor.
He was a healthy scratch for four of the last six games.
Charlton became the first Cowboys player in the last 37 years to be released before the end of his third season.
“Sometimes the chemistry doesn’t work with a player,” Jones said. “With (defensive coordinator) Rod (Marinelli), he has certain standards that he looks for in a player, I just don’t think they ever saw eye to eye in terms of what that standard should be.”
“I wish Taco nothing but the best and I think he’ll be a productive player in this league,” Jones said. “A change of scenery will probably do him some good. Sometimes that’s what happens in the NFL. Hopefully that’ll happen for Taco.”