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Report: Cowboys will release Phil Costa

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The Cowboys got the ball rolling on cuts to help them get under the salary cap on Friday by waving goodbye to defensive end Everette Brown and they won’t be stopping there.

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that the team will also release offensive lineman Phil Costa. Costa signed a two-year, $2.7 million deal with the team before last season, but the Cowboys need cap space more than a reserve lineman right now so they jettisoned Costa.

Costa appeared to be on track to be more than a backup on the interior of the offensive line in Dallas at one point, but back and ankle injures sank him in 2012 and he moved into a reserve role last season. He’s probably destined for the same job this offseason when he lands with another team.

The Cowboys also announced that they have released defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, guard Ray Dominguez and guard Jeff Olson. There should be more cuts coming from Dallas in the coming days and likely some restructurings and/or pay cuts as well.

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21 Responses to “Report: Cowboys will release Phil Costa”
  1. docboss says: Feb 28, 2014 5:44 PM

    Rams could use him.

  2. arwiv says: Feb 28, 2014 5:45 PM

    Cuts like Costa are basically useless. I understand they have to be done regardless, but it barely does anything to help.

  3. mn2long says: Feb 28, 2014 5:48 PM

    About Time!!! Only 2 years overdue, but then what else would you expect as a Cowboys Fan?

  4. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 28, 2014 5:49 PM

    The Steelers are not interested.

  5. ariani1985 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:01 PM

    Come to green bay, we have no running game!

  6. rodell77 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:08 PM


  7. leatherface2012 says: Feb 28, 2014 6:31 PM

    was it because of pinkeye or because he costa’d too much?

  8. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 28, 2014 6:46 PM

    They’re $17 million over the cap. Costa saves them $1.5 million, but these other guys don’t do anything for them. Dominguez was going to make, and count against the cap, $495,000.

    Cutting league-minimum bodies does nothing when, at the end of the day, you have to replace them with other league-minimum guys.

  9. prgsdw says: Feb 28, 2014 9:01 PM

    Nothing to see here. The salary cap is a joke. With a few strokes of the pen Dallas will be back under the cap. Honestly, the league just announced the cap will be at least $20 million more over the next two years (plus whatever additional amount it goes up next year) – Dallas has many ways to be under and sign players. It’s a soft cap masquerading as a hard cap.

  10. nicksortzi24 says: Feb 28, 2014 9:25 PM

    Cowboys will either cut DWare and keep spencer and hatcher or keep DWare and both will leave. Let’s focus on that not our 2nd string center

  11. mtntexas says: Feb 28, 2014 9:37 PM

    NOTHING will change until we CUT JERRY JONES!

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Feb 28, 2014 10:13 PM

    I guess Hulk Hogan’s daughter knew best.

  13. dbatrox21 says: Feb 28, 2014 10:53 PM

    You know, all the cuts Dallas will make are nice…and interesting. But, how do you know Jerry won’t piss that money off on more guys that just as, if not more worthless?

  14. footballmensa says: Feb 28, 2014 10:54 PM

    are you THE jeremy crowhurst ? Last name’s cormier…ring a bell ?

  15. drgreenstreak says: Mar 1, 2014 12:37 AM

    Going after rookies and rookie free-agents. Much cheaper than a Costa or Dominquez.

    An increased cap ceiling and jettisoning players you know are never gonna start will help in the effort to keep Hatcher and Spencer.

    I know some will miss The Hulkster and his family but pro wrasslin’ guys don’t really belong around NFL players.

  16. drbob117 says: Mar 1, 2014 1:25 AM

    Romo’s going to miss all those snaps flying over his head.

  17. moerawn says: Mar 1, 2014 8:27 AM

    can they cut that terrible draft pick jerry jones?

  18. fbrets0922 says: Mar 1, 2014 8:38 AM

    Wow another genus!The smart move last year would have been to move him to guard after drafting Fredericks and would have made sense out of taking a player with a second/third round throwback center in the first. Yea, Jason in a interwiew called him old school, but Fredericks does not the new nfl zone blocking system! Not to mention his pass blocking is bad, 27th among centers, can run block but when passing is number one these day 27th as a pass blocker isn’t good.

    Jerry teams trade down when they don’t have a first round grade on another player in the draft, Jerry U missed on a lot of players.

    Costa, the problem with him as a center is his arms are two short, take a look at 2012 the NE game, he was driven back and knocked down by the DT’s.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 1, 2014 9:09 AM

    Costa recently married Hulk Hogan’s daughter.

    Frederick secured the center spot for them last season and based on some of these cuts they now must draft DT, DE, and guard.

  20. realitycheckbaby says: Mar 1, 2014 10:17 AM

    I didn’t know Ray Liota played for the Boys.

  21. OnceACOWBOYFAN says: Mar 2, 2014 1:36 AM

    Who are theses guys?????

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