The Dallas Cowboys’ tight end depth just got a little thinner. The team cut Rico Gathers after a week of training camp on Monday afternoon.
Gathers has been a part of the Cowboys for the last three seasons. The team selected the former Baylor University basketball player as a tight end in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, the tight end was never able to find a prominent role on the Cowboys’ offense.
The Cowboys are waiving TE Rico Gathers. The former Baylor basketball star played in 15 games last year, catching 3 passes for 45 yards. This was one of his finer moments, last year during training camp:
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 5, 2019
Gathers spent the majority of the 2016 and 2017 season on the Cowboys practice squad. In 2018, the tight end was able to hit the field as he played in 15 games. But, with only 45 receiving yards on 3 receptions for the season, the Cowboys decided to cut out some dead-weight at the tight end position.
With Jason Witten returning from his brief retirement and rising stars Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz on the roster, a spot for a fourth tight end would have been difficult to create. The battle for the roster spot was expected going into training camp.
Now, Gathers will be testing free agency. If signed by another team, the tight-end will be in line to sit out for the first week of the 2019 season. Gathers was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
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