Cowboys begin the trimming with Everette Brown

As the Cowboys work to get into compliance with the league’s salary cap, they’re starting by tossing an umbrella overboard rather than rearranging the deck chairs.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Cowboys will release defensive end Everette Brown.

One of last year’s many replacements for an injured Cowboys lineman, Brown never blossomed as many thought he would after a standout career at Florida State.

Of course, the Panthers raised the bar on those expectations by trading a future first-round pick to the 49ers to take him in the second round of the 2009 Draft.

Brown turned into a bust, with 6.0 sacks in two seasons. The 49ers turned the pick into All-Pro guard Mike Iupati.

Brown has floated through stints with the Lions and Chargers as well, and is currently running a smoothie franchise he just bought in Charlotte. So he’s got that going for him.