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Dallas Cowboys make full use of NFL’s 90-man roster limit

A look at the Cowboys’ first 2019 90-man roster.

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The Cowboys have exactly 90 players, the maximum allowed under NFL rules, on their offseason roster right now.

That roster will change frequently over the coming days and weeks, but because the Cowboys are maxed out against the 90-player limit, every single new signing will have to be accompanied by a player being released who is currently on the roster.

In total, the 90 Cowboys players are comprised as follows:

  • 50 players returning from last season.
  • 13 college free agents signed over the last few days.
  • 9 players signed as free agents since the end of the season.
  • 9 players signed to reserve/future contracts earlier this year.
  • 8 rookies drafted in the 2019 NFL draft.
  • 1 player brought in via trade
  • 1 suspended player who doesn’t count against the 90-man roster limit

Here’s how the roster currently stands, keeping in mind that this first roster iteration of 2019 may already be outdated by the time this post is published.

Name POS Experience Name POS Experience
50 Returning Players 9 Free Agents
Armstrong, Dorance DE 1 Cobb, Randall WR 8
Austin, Tavon WR 6 Covington, Christian DE 4
Awuzie, Chidobe CB 2 Hyder, Kerry DE 5
Brown, Anthony CB 3 Iloka, George S 6
Brown, Noah WR 2 McElroy, Codey TE 1
Charlton, Taco DE 2 Redfern, Kasey P 5
Collins, La'el T 4 Scott, Drew LS 1
Collins, Maliek DT 3 Soto, Shakir DE 2
Cooper, Amari WR 4 Witten, Jason TE 16
Covington, Chris LB 1 1 Trade acquisition
Crawford, Tyrone DL 7 Quinn, Robert DE 8
Elliott, Ezekiel RB 3 8 Draft Picks
Fleming, Cameron T 5 Hill, Trysten DT R
Frazier, Kavon S 3 Jackson, Joe DE R
Frederick, Travis C 6 Jackson, Michael CB R
Gallup, Michael WR 1 Jelks, Jalen DE R
Gathers, Rico TE 3 McGovern, Connor G R
Goodwin, C.J. CB 5 Pollard, Tony RB R
Heath, Jeff S 6 Weber, Mike RB R
Hurns, Allen WR 5 Wilson, Donovan S R
Jackson, Darius RB 3 9 Reserve/Future
Jarwin, Blake TE 2 Campos, Jake T 1
Jones, Byron CB 4 Chunn, Jordan RB 1
Jones, Chris P 8 Davis, Reggie WR 2
Ladouceur, L.P. LS 14 Decoud, Treston CB 2
Lawrence, Demarcus DE 5 Lenoir, Lance WR 2
Lee, Sean LB 9 Olumba, Donovan CB 1
Lewis, Jourdan CB 2 Queiro, Kyle LB 1
Looney, Joe C 7 Smith, Devin WR 4
Maher, Brett K 6 Wichmann, Cody G 4
March-Lillard, Justin LB 3 13 UDFAs
Martin, Zack G 5 Allen Jr., Larry OL R
Olawale, Jamize FB 7 Dowell, Andrew LB R
Prescott, Dak QB 3 Gifford, Luke LB R
Redmond, Adam C/G 3 Guyton, Jalen WR R
Ross, Daniel DT 5 Hall, Nate LB R
Rush, Cooper QB 2 Hyatt, Mitch OT R
Schultz, Dalton TE 1 Johnson, Jon'Vea WR R
Showers, Jameill S 4 Knight, Brandon OL R
Smith, Jaylon LB 3 Phillips, Justin LB R
Smith, Tyron T 8 Puni, Derrick OL R
Su'a-Filo, Xavier G 5 Walker, Ricky DT R
Thomas, Joe LB 5 Westry, Chris CB R
Thompson, Darian S 3 Wise, Daniel DT R
Vander Esch, Leighton LB 1 1 Suspended
White, Mike QB 1 Gregory, Randy DE 4
Williams, Connor G 1
Wilson, Cedrick WR 1
Woods, Antwaun DT 3
Woods, Xavier S 2

Interesting dynamic highlighted by the table above: With a regular-season roster limit of 53 players and 50 players returning from 2018 (on the left side of the table) basically every new addition to the team (on the right side of the table) will have to beat out a returning player for a roster spot on the final 53.

And so it begins.

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