Cowboys cut Tashard Choice

AP

Six days after starting at running back for the Cowboys against the Rams, Tashard Choice is done in Dallas.

The Cowboys decided today to waive Choice, making room on the 53-man roster for linebacker Bruce Carter, a rookie second-round draft pick who is being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.

“I just want to say thanks to all the great Dallas Cowboy fans,” Choice wrote on Twitter. “My time in Dallas has come to an end and the best is yet come. God bless.”

Although Choice got the start against the Rams, he carried just twice for eight yards, and the game was marked by the emergence of DeMarco Murray, who set a Cowboys franchise record with 253 rushing yards on the day. Murray’s brilliant performance made Choice expendable.

Choice has gained just 75 yards on 28 carries this season.

72 responses to “Cowboys cut Tashard Choice

  1. Cut him? Based on CJ’s performance this season they should be signing him to a $19 million one year deal, guaranteed.

  2. kriswd40 says:
    Oct 29, 2011 12:52 PM
    When will he be arriving in Detroit?
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    First thing that went through my head also…a shame though, they’ll have to cut Eldra Buckley (???) to make room.

  3. He’ll be a great pickup for someone. Just needs to be given a chance. DeMarco Murray just ran right past him.

  4. Choice has been a bum over the last two seasons, with huge fumbles against Washington last year and New England this year. Great move.

  5. Another guy, like Buehler-the highly unaccurate kicker, who thinks they contribute, but actually set the team back. Choice – 2 fumbles, 2 weeks in a row, including vs the Pats that led to a score and, of course, the terrible play before half vs the Skins last year (horrible play call too) that dictated their bad season. He is a big mouth liability, glad he is gone. Buehler, missed extra point, 70% kicker, who’s only value is long kickoffs, which are not really needed with the new rule change. Both should be cut, activate Carter (which they have) and they should have signed Harris (Lions got him).

  6. This was a smart move, Tanner is a nice 3rd string RB or backup if a RB goes down! TC is not a bad RB, he will be on a team very soon! Good luck to you TC!

  7. Why didn’t this article mention his fumble average per game with less than ten touches per game?

    He may just need a new start. I hope Bruce Carter balls out!

  8. If they still had them on their schedule coming up Belichek would pick him up & say “Bring your playbook” … ya here me Andy Ried!

  9. @jaywhitelending don’t you cowgirls fans know anything about football? You wish they had traded choice? Trade deadline has been over for weeks tard.

  10. TC is a good guy that just needs a fresh start, I’d rather see them cut him than trade him somewhere he might not want to be. That said, Bruce Carter should be a beast when he gets his legs under him. Bruce Carter + Sean Lee = Bruce Lee!

  11. You’re not going to get many chances when you consistently fumble every time you get a chance. That fumble in Washington at the start of last year pretty much summed him up.

    The Cowboys mistake here was not unloading him on someone else when he had some value and they could have gotten something in return. At the end it was apparent he had no value and they had to cut him and get nothing. Another brilliant move by the brilliant GM that is Jerry.

    That being said I’m certainly looking forward to what the future at LB will look like with Lee and Carter, two young, hungry and very athletic football players.

  12. fumblelitis is a hard thing to cure but i always thought he was a pretty decent back. i would be surprised if he was not picked up.

  13. 15gb2 says:
    Oct 29, 2011 1:28 PM
    Since the broncos have the number 2 pick on the waiver wire choice will become a denver broncos
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    How would they? The Rams and Dolphins have the worst records in the league. Even if it were like baseball where all the teams from the player being cut/waived/released/put on waivers’ league had first dibs, he was with an NFC team. All NFC clubs would have the chance before AFC clubs.

  14. After the injury bug bit McFadden, no doubt Choice is wearing silver and black sharing carries with Michael Bush.

  15. Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought the waiver wire was based on your record from the previous year? or is that only to a certain point in the season?

  16. @steviekthr3e:

    Taiwan Jones in Oakland’s #3 RB & if McFadden misses another game, you’ll see him split carries w/ Bush and see how fast this kid is. Ain’t no way they’re picking Choice.

    Tampa? Different story.

  17. HE should have been cut the moment his retorted ass when over and tried to give a HJ to Vick on NAtl TV after an ass whooping—what a total idiot and horrible teammate

  18. I love how cowboys fans are “happy” this guy is gone because he fumbled acouple times but still think mr turnover himself romo is going to take them to a title.

    Choice is going to do very well for his next team and I wouldn’t mind if he was an eagle next week. The guy is a great back up with a lot of football left. Another bad reactionary move by Dallas. Cut players who make A mistake and keep crappy players who are a mistake

  19. He cut his teeth in that game against Pittsburgh couple years back but never took the next step… talked a good game but never really made it happen,, let’s see if the coaches didn’t get the best outta him or is he just a servicable back in the NFL…..

  20. Broncos, Lions, Dolphins or Bucs, which one?

    Do waiver picks stay in the same sequence as the end of last or do they change at some point after the season begins?

    If it changes, Rams, Colts and Dolphins are at the top of the list.

  21. I remember plenty of Cowboy fans who were very high on Choice when he started getting playing time. Look where he wound up. Too early to think of Murray. Let him perform for a while before annointing him anything.
    Cowboys fans are masters a hyping but most of those guys they hype are pretty average (e.g. Romo).

  22. Sure all the cowboys fans say “great move” but cutting him a week after the trade deadline? That seems weird to me, he would have been worth something.

  23. I remember when Howley1 considered him a brilliant draft pick by Jerruh the GM……..right Vox? Now, he’s a good guy..but cut…Romo’s ultimate fanboi has spoken

  24. I like the activation of Bruce Carter. More depth on D and special teams. But why take only 2 RBs to Philly? Why not cut…oh, I don’t know…our injured kickoff specialist?

  25. @bunjy96…I believe the waiver pick ups flucuate from week to week, based on record, with the same tiebreakers in place as the draft board. Colts are 0-7. Rams and ‘Phins 0-6 (not sure what order), then the 1-6 Vikings. But honestly, Colts and ‘Phins just used draft picks on RBs, Vikings have Gehert behind Peterson and Rams have Jackson and Cadillac. Will he really get any many more carries in any of those places?

  26. I remember when Howley1 considered him a brilliant draft pick by Jerruh the GM……..right Vox? Now, he’s a good guy..but cut…Romo’s ultimate fanboi has spoken

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    Dude what? Yeah he’s a good guy but he got cut so hopefully he will do better somewhere else. Are you mentally deficient?

  27. @jaywhitelending don’t you cowgirls fans know anything about football? You wish they had traded choice? Trade deadline has been over for weeks tard.

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    Actually the trade deadline was 11 days ago on 10/18. Why are Eagles fans so stupid?

  28. Cowboys fans are masters a hyping but most of those guys they hype are pretty average (e.g. Romo).

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    Better for fans to cluelessly hype a guy than for a front office to cluelessly hype a guy by giving him a $100 million contract (e.g Michael Pick, I mean Vick).

  29. 1. Felix Jones (when he gets back)
    2. DeMarco Murray
    3. Phillip Tanner
    4. Tony Fiametta (FB)

    Dallas still has 3 running backs and a FB on the roster. Choice made running back #4. That’s one too many.

    Tanner has more upside, so it’s his great progress in this rookie season of his that made Choice expendable as much as Murray’s emergence.

  30. So we keep a second place kicker who hasn’t kicked a ball all season long and cut a running back who has shown he can play?

  31. So…this means that either Detroit or Tampa is going to be lucky enough to avoid the ridiculous Tiki Barber speculation

  32. howley1 says:
    Oct 29, 2011 4:28 PM
    Cowboys fans are masters a hyping but most of those guys they hype are pretty average (e.g. Romo).

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    Better for fans to cluelessly hype a guy than for a front office to cluelessly hype a guy by giving him a $100 million contract (e.g Michael Pick, I mean Vick).

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    Neither is all that great. If you had even average intelligence you’d figure that out. The first one is not good for you. I’m not a Vick fan but c’mon. Romo is a pretty darn interception machine himself.

  33. Guess the boys can’t win the super bowl now..I mean cmon its not like he was ever gonna b a super star..he is a servicable back..a dime a dozen

  34. I’m a little surprised they cut him, particularly since Felix Jones isn’t healthy yet. If fumbling is the problem, that can be fixed … Tiki was very turnover-prone until Coughlin taught him to carry the ball high and tight.

    I have a feeling there’s more to the story.

  35. we don’t want him in Philly, he can stay a vick fan on somebody else’s team. besides we will have to cut somebody as well (barring a set back) when we bring back our #1 pick from last year Brandan Graham off the PUP. 1st week of 3 that you can activate those guys, I think Graham will be activated for next weeks game. but we get Cole back for Sunday night so our D is healthy again for Sunday’s matchup.

  36. Garrett preaches that there are no “backups” and that everyone should consider themselves a starter because there will probably be a day when you are thrust into starting and you’ve got to seize the opportunity. Murray and Tanner have done so. Choice became the fourth option and as such would never even be activated on game day unless there was an injury. Better to let him go, he can probably start somewhere else. It was the right thing to do not only for the Cowboys, but for TC.

  37. Welcome to The Motor City Mr. Choice have a set you will be here for the rest of the year.
    Our O-line is a little weak but it the best we can do till the draft.
    Would you like a drink all we have is Detroit kool aid and a little Detroit corn bread here you go enjoy.

    Your Truly
    Soulman45

  38. Q: How does the waiver system work??
    A: The following explanation was found in the 2005 NFL Record & Fact Book. As far as I can tell, it is still appropriate. “The waiver system is a procedure by which player contracts or NFL rights to players are made available by a club to other clubs in the league. During the procedure, the 30 other clubs either file claims to obtain the players or waive the opportunity to do so – thus the term “waiver.” Claiming clubs are assigned players on a priority based on the inverse of won-and-lost standing. The claiming period is three business days from the beginning of the League Year through April 30, 10 days from May 1 through the last business day before July 4, and 24 hours after July 4 through the conclusion of the regular season. If a player passes through waivers unclaimed, he becomes a free agent. All waivers are no recall and no withdrawal. Under the CBA, from the beginning of the waiver system each year through the trading dealine (October 19 1999), any veteran who has acquired four years of pension credit is not subject to the waiver system if the club desires to release him. After the trading deadline, such players are subject to the waiver system.”
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    Read… 24 hours after July 4 through the conclusion of the regular season……. This season’s records, not last seasons. This is how the waiver wire can change from week to week.

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