Cowboys cut Pat Watkins

As Tuesday’s initial 80-to-75-man roster reduction deadline approaches, more and more names will be trickling out.

The Cowboys have added a quasi-recognizable name to the list by cutting safety Pat Watkins, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.  (Technically, the new was broken on Twitter by Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett, who called Watkins his “best friend”.)

A fifth-round draft pick in 2006, Watkins appeared in 13 games and started one in 2009.  He contributed primarily on special teams. 

The four-year veteran was blocked from becoming an unrestricted free agent in March, due to the rules of the uncapped year.  The Cowboys offered him a non-guaranteed tender of $1.176 million.

And now he’s a free agent.