The Dallas Cowboys have done a lot of tinkering with their roster over the last week. Obviously the NFL Draft has happened, undrafted free agency followed, and the Cowboys even nabbed a veteran free agent in cornerback Daryl Worley.
Stephen Jones loves to note that roster construction is something that goes on every day of the year, regardless of what time of year it is. Construction can obviously include additions but there are subtractions that happen as well.
The Cowboys are waiving two players
We will see what the Cowboys ultimately look like on defense in a few months (hopefully) but we now know one thing, Chris Covington and D.J. White will not be part of the group moving forward. They are being waived by the Cowboys.
A couple roster moves for Cowboys: LB Chris Covington and DB D.J. White were waived, team announced. Covington a 2018 sixth-round pick.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) April 30, 2020
The Cowboys added D.J. White to their practice squad in late October of last year. While the secondary still needs a lot of work, White was always a long-shot to make the team.
Chris Covington was a Cowboys sixth-round draft pick two years ago. Dallas has had some success drafting linebackers in the late rounds in recent memory (the Kansas City Chiefs benefited from two of them in Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson) and there was hope that Covington could follow that same path. Unfortunately with a trio of linebackers up top in Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith, and Sean Lee, plus legitimate reserves in Joe Thomas and Justin March, there were just never snaps to go around.
The Cowboys signed Francis Bernard as a UDFA this draft period and there is a lot of hope that he can be a contributor. Dallas also has last year’s UDFA standout in Luke Gifford returning so the numbers just didn’t make sense.
All the best to Chris and D.J. wherever they end up.
Update: 2:01pm ET
The Cowboys made the roster space that they did in order to sign long snapper Joe Fortunato.