Cowboys will trade or cut Dontari Poe, Daryl Worley

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The Cowboys are continuing to get rid of under-performing veteran players on their under-performing defense.

Yesterday the Cowboys traded defensive end Everson Griffen to the Lions, and today Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the Cowboys have informed defensive tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley they’ll be released if they can’t be traded today.

Dallas’s defense has been a disaster this season, with many calls for coordinator Mike Nolan to lose his job. But these moves suggest that the Cowboys think the problem is the players not executing, rather than the game plan.

Poe has played 53 percent of the Cowboys’ defensive snaps this season, the most of any defensive tackle on the team. Worley has played 52 percent of the Cowboys’ defensive snaps, third-most of any cornerback on the team.

50 responses to “Cowboys will trade or cut Dontari Poe, Daryl Worley

  1. We keep telling you the problem is “Mike Nolan”.

    Signed, any defense that he has coached.

  2. LOL @ this dumpster fire. McCarthy was going to be the guy that took Dallas to the next level. Super bowl or bust!

  3. Have to have a different plan when the one you are executing clearly isn’t working. The Cowboys are obviously looking to the future.

  4. No way all of these guys suck that bad. They have all had good recent runs with other teams. The coaching staff has to go.

  5. What took so long with Poe? He was being shoved by average offensive linemen 5 yards off the ball and didn’t make meaningful play all season. Poe and Gerald McCoy [who couldn’t even make it through training camp] came into Dallas talking more about off field issues than football and it proved to be very prophetic. And Worley? Just awful. Looks completely lost out on the field.

  6. Team announces they’re releasing players unless they can find trade deals today. Excellent negotiation technique.

  7. Turn out the lights, yet another offseason Super Bowl prediction from Jerry and Cowboys fans is over by week 8. I think that is a new record even for the Cowboys.

    As an Eagles fan I get tired of hearing every year how loaded the Cowboys are and how they are going to run away with the division and contend for the Super Bowl. On the other hand it makes it more satisfying when they fail year after year. Zeke is really making Jerry look foolish for paying him all that guaranteed money last year.

    The Eagles may not have much going for them this year but at least they aren’t the Cowboys.

  8. Its crazy to think that this far into the season they could either win the division and host a playoff game OR tank for trevor. The jets have a hold on that #1 but we all know the jets gonna jet and i could easily see them going 0-12 and then winning a few meaningless games at the end of the season

  9. These were great signs by Will “MVP of 2020 Draft” McClay. Why isn’t this guy ever held accountable for the Cowboys horrible personnel moves? They are getting rid of 3 of the off-season signees.

  10. The culture in the lockerroom has been corrupted.How it got that way will be the story to tell this off-season. But McCarthy, who got attacked two weeks ago, is starting to throw bodies out the door.

  11. I’m shocked that with all of the great success that Nolan and McCarthy had coaching the 49ers together that the same results haven’t shown up in Dallas. Oh, wait…

  12. AFW AFW says: “Team announces they’re releasing players unless they can find trade deals today. Excellent negotiation technique.”
    ———————

    It’s called “creating a competing market”- a very SMART technique.

    A team can wait for him to be released, but that player might sign with another team. Or if the Cowboys put a time limit by announcing, that team might throw in a 6th or 7th round to secure the player and not risk losing to another team signing first.

    Obviously a trade would’ve already happen if the offer was any good. Cowboys are creating “pressure” for something better. DOES NOT HURT.

  13. Do you think Jerry knows that when the owners get together that the other owners have some good laughs at Jerry’s expense?

  14. Yard sale, when it’s the last few hours and you’re just trying to give stuff away. At first you’re like “I’ll take a dollar, okay a quarter, you know what, just take it”…

    Poe was really good in KC, then got lazy, expensive, and now political.

  15. mikeyb says:
    YARD SALE — come and get ’em!!
    ==

    In the case of the Cowboys, less of a yard sale and more the guy who leaves an old, ratty, smelly couch on the sidewalk — in the rain — with a cardboard sign that says “Free.”
    Dallas is just trying avoid a trip to the dump. Like the couch, there likely won’t be any takers, and if there is that team clearly has problems of it own.

  16. The problem isn’t anybody but Jerry. Mike Nolan didn’t hire McCarthy. Mike Nolan didn’t draft poorly. Once again the cowboys have overpaid a running back who can’t get to the second level. When he does he fumbles, or does the stupid feed me thing. Then the next play he gets rocked by a linebacker he’s trying to block or gets smacked in the mouth behind the line of scrimmage.

    You paid this guy big dollars. Trade him. Some idiot will give a player and a 1 or 2. He stinks. Nobody is afraid of Zeke. He was a 2 year flash in the pan.

    When this team was healthy with all these “weapons” they were getting blown out. And then Dak was able to pad his numbers in the second half by chucking it up all 3-4 down on 10 yard out patterns. When you are down by 20+ points the defense will give that all day. He’s a problem too.

    Too many weapons for this team to be this bad. See you in 2025….. maybe.

  17. So they’re going to cut them if they can’t trade them? Any team would be foolish to trade for them then. That’s like me saying I’m going to give my couches away for free if I can’t sell them. Smh

  18. Y’all must have forgot that they’re playing without their starting QB, LT, C, RT and TE, amongst others and have 4 OTs on IR. And for the record I’ll never in my life root for the Cowboys.

  19. eagleswin says:
    October 28, 2020 at 8:50 am
    Turn out the lights, yet another offseason Super Bowl prediction from Jerry and Cowboys fans is over by week 8. I think that is a new record even for the Cowboys.

    As an Eagles fan I get tired of hearing every year how loaded the Cowboys are and how they are going to run away with the division and contend for the Super Bowl. On the other hand it makes it more satisfying when they fail year after year. Zeke is really making Jerry look foolish for paying him all that guaranteed money last year.

    The Eagles may not have much going for them this year but at least they aren’t the Cowboys.

    – –

    We are all tired of hearing all this about the entire NFC East. The whole division has been overrated and underperforming but gets all the love because of the fan bases. And the giants 2 Super Bowls are underperforming for a team that good. Switch Manning’s and the giants would have 5. Get these unwatchable games out of prime time and let’s recognize this is a patriots less AFC East.

  20. The defense won’t improve until Mike Nolan is fired. The Cowboys defense hasn’t been this bad since the Rob Ryan days.

  21. Let the fire-sale begin. I don’t think Dallas has to “Tank for Trevor”. I honestly think Dallas will lose the rest of their games (and not on purpose). Question is can the J-E-T-S win a couple games and give Dallas the #1.

  22. After the meh/shrug response from the team to Dalton getting his head taken off, I’m done with this team. A bunch of gutless quitters.

  23. Bdawk_goat20 says:
    October 28, 2020 at 10:44 am

    So they’re going to cut them if they can’t trade them? Any team would be foolish to trade for them then. That’s like me saying I’m going to give my couches away for free if I can’t sell them. Smh

    ============

    I guess they’re hoping some team wants them enough that they would prefer to not leave it to chance. Once that couch goes to the curb, it’s a free for all. If a team’s willing to pay a little extra, they get the player with no extra hassles through trading.

  24. This makes zero sense. They’re still going to have to pay their salaries although they will save a little bit of money by not paying the per-game roster bonuses. That defense is bad enough. What do you think is going to happen when they get rid of more people on defense? Brilliant move by their GM.

  25. It looks like Jerry is shedding players to make cap space so he can rebuild the team. It makes sense to put out the word that these two players are up for grabs. A team may offer a conditional 6th, like the Lions did for Griffen, rather than having to deal with whatever the rule is that sets which teams get priority on free agents.

  26. Another thought – is Jerry making room for signing a big name QB? The obvious name is Stafford, but Quinn/Patricia won’t be dealing him unless they’re assured of being in Detroit next year.

  27. nhpats2011 says:
    October 28, 2020 at 10:06 am
    Do you think Jerry knows that when the owners get together that the other owners have some good laughs at Jerry’s expense?

    __________________________________________________

    As all things indicate, and always do, NFL owners prioritize ONE thing over everything else without exception: over winning, over player safety, over fans desires – MONEY. With the most valuable franchise in the world, in any sport, Jerruh is doing something right.

  28. … “ Then the next play he gets rocked by a linebacker he’s trying to block or gets smacked in the mouth behind the line of scrimmage. “…

    This hardly describes the awful scene. Zeke’s only job on that play was to protect the quarterback from the linebacker, But Zeke was so timid, weak and fearful that the linebacker looked like a runaway beer truck crashing into him, knocking him a backwards flip, and both landed on the quarterback who was lucky to survive.

    I don’t know who is suiting up at QB for the Cowboys this week but even if it’s a future hall of famer he’s definitely going to get the yips knowing that Zeke is his bodyguard.

  29. Veach – grab Poe and bring him back into the fold. At this stage in his career, he’d be a great rotational cog in the Chiefs front four. This dude deserves a solid shot at a ring to top off his career.

  30. I think they want teams to know that the player will go on the waiver wire so if they want to get him via trade the time is now. Actually makes some sense if you aren’t getting any offers anyway.

  31. Get rid of him. He did not do all that much Carolina, because if he did he would still be there.

  32. “If nobody buys this I’m giving it away for free” isn’t a great sales pitch.

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