Jerry Jones criticizes Dontari Poe for his weight, performance in release from Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley on Wednesday after being unable to find interested trade partners for the two veteran players.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was rather blunt in discussing why the team released Poe, who was a free agent addition to the team last March.

When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones said, via Chris Mortensen of

The “other stuff” refers to Poe being the only Cowboys player that kneels in protest during the national anthem before games. It’s a practice that Jones had been vocally outspoken against in the past. Jones declined to speak on that subject in regards to Poe’s release.

“I understand your question and I’m deliberately not going to answer it,” Jones replied. “We have a platform here but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and he [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Poe signed with Dallas in March on a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. He’d end up appearing in just seven games in a Cowboys’ uniform. Poe started all seven games he played in with seven total tackles.

Poe, Worley and Everson Griffen have all been jettisoned by Dallas this week after being brought in as part of a plan to bolster their defense this offseason.

22 responses to “Jerry Jones criticizes Dontari Poe for his weight, performance in release from Cowboys

  1. Fascinating. Jerry is becoming unglued because his beloved Cowboys will finish in last place in the worst division in NFL history.

  2. And that’s the bottom line. If you don’t perform on the field, you will be gone. My only question remains the same. “What took so long’?

  3. I get it, Dontari underperformed relative to expectations, but is does every Dallas defender suddenly suck too? Isn’t it more likely that Mike Nolan’s defense, which was awful when he was in Atlanta, makes it impossible for players to succeed?

    Jaylon Smith, for example, may have been overpaid by Jerry based upon one season, and certainly last year was no second coming of Lawrence Taylor, but he looks sumply god awful in Nolan’s system.

  4. I guess keeping the stuff in house and “being a man” only matter if you are at the bottom of the Cowboys food chain.

    The top just wants you to be a man so they can fire the right person.

    In regards to “the other stuff”, you knew that before you signed him and you did any way. If that’s a problem, fire the guy; who signed him.

    I guess you can’t fire Zeke who has done more to hurt this team this year than anyone.

  5. Good for Jerry. As an employer, you expect your employees to follow the rules or get reprimanded and/or fired. That’s what happens at my job, at least.

  6. I respect and absolutely support Poe’s stance and civil protests. That being said he was a horrible FA pick up. Everything Jerry said is spot on. Poe showed no effort or heart on the field.

  7. How does Mike Nolan keep getting jobs? Outside of like 2 seasons in Baltimore with an incredibly talented roster he has been awful everywhere he has worked.

  8. Jerry is too loyal towards people he himself hired, i.e. Jason Garrett, Wade Phillips.
    Jerry is NOT going to fire Nolan or McCarthy. He will let the Cowboys take a free fall before any changes will happen.

  9. Saying you’re releasing a lineman due to weight is like saying you’re getting rid of your dog because he barks. You could say that about just about every lineman in the NFL. No one in the NFL wants to be skinny up front. That excuse makes zero sense.

  10. I don’t like Jones or Cowboys but he’s absolutely right.

    C’mon, who demands a platform at work and then proceeds to underperform.$8.5M and 7 seven games and 7 tackles. That is more than a 1M per tackle. I bet I could match that by accident. I know I know he may not earn the $8.5.

    You have to earn your platform by earning your paycheck and not demand that the business owner speak up for whatever.

  11. 1 tackle per game and is insubordinate to the guy who writes the checks? I’d say something was wrong if he didn’t cut him.

  12. Way to go Jerry. Diss a player after you send him out the door! Jerry, A few years back, I know you remember paying Marcellus Wiley a big contract and got nothing from him! You keep making the same mistakes over and over. Remember Roy (U T) Williams, giving up beaucoup draft choices and big dollars and got nothing. There is a definition for someone who keeps making the same mistakes over and over.

  13. Poe may be over weight but Jalon Smith did not forget how to play football. So why does this defense look so bad

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