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The Dallas Cowboys’ release of defensive tackle Dontari Poe on Wednesday was due to his weight and lack of production, team owner Jerry Jones told ESPN.
The eternally open-door Cowboys defense currently ranks 27th in yards allowed per game (408.1) and last in the league in points allowed per game (34.7). That prompted some roster changes this week. Defensive end Everson Griffen was traded to the Detroit Lions on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, the Cowboys released Poe and defensive back Daryl Worley.
“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones told ESPN.
According to ESPN, the “other stuff” Jones was referring to is Poe being the only Cowboys player to protest during the national anthem. Jones had been among the strongest voices in the NFL opposing the form of peaceful protest in its early days. He had insisted players stand at attention. Jones softened his tone heading into the 2020 season.
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In the offseason, Poe – a nine-year NFL veteran and a 2012 first-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs – signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Cowboys. That deal included $3.5 million guaranteed. In seven games – all starts – for the Cowboys this season, Poe had just seven tackles and no sacks.
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