Cowboys cut Stephen McGee to make room for new TE

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The Cowboys decided they needed a fourth tight end more than a third quarterback.

According to Calvin Watkins of, the Cowboys have released quarterback Stephen McGee Saturday after claiming tight end Colin Cochart off waivers from Cincinnati.

They’re looking for short-term cover at tight end, because of the uncertainty over Witten’s health.

But mostly, the reality is that if you’ve got a quarterback you trust, you only really need two.

If anything happened to Tony Romo, Kyle Orton should be able to fill in capably for a period. But if it got down to the point where they were playing a third such as McGee, they’re in a world of hurt anyway.

That’s true of most teams with what would be considered good starters, as the third is a luxury that could be better used elsewhere.